2014 NLC-RISC Trustees Conference

  • Date: May 8, 2014 - May 9, 2014
  • Location: San Diego, CA
  • Category: RISC Conference


The NLC-RISC Trustees Conference provides trustees and pool administrators of state municipal league risk pools the opportunity to learn about industry trends, programs, services and pooling best practices. The conference offers many opportunities to share creative ideas and solutions, and to network with peers from across the country.

A full schedule of conference events and session details are now available by clicking on Schedule to the left.

Cancellation Policy:
Before April 17, 2014: $50 processing fee
April 17-May 1, 2014: $100 cancellation fee
After May 1, 2014: Forfeiture of the entire fee


Thursday, May 08, 2014

  • 7:00 am

  • 7:30 am
    Meet & Greet Breakfast (Show details)

    Registered guests are invited ~ badges are required.

  • 8:30 am
    Welcome & Opening Keynote

  • 10:00 am
    New Trustees Orientation: An Overview of Important Considerations (Show details)

    As an introduction for newer Trustees and refresher for the more experienced, the highlights of this session will include review of why pools formed and have been successful, how pools differ from state-to-state, operational functions such as claims, underwriting, loss control, litigation, reinsurance and administration. Information and illustrations about differences that exist between pool coverages, structures, regulation and decision-making will be discussed with a panel of experienced pool administrators and trustees as a way to provide context for your pool's own structure and operations.

  • 12:30 pm

    Registered guests are invited ~ badges are required.

  • 2:00 pm
    Health & Wellness: Obesity as a Disease and Impact on Population Health (Show details)

    Session description will be available soon.

  • 5:00 pm
    Welcome Reception (Show details)

    Registered guests are invited ~ badges are required.

Friday, May 09, 2014

  • 7:30 am
    Pool Administrators Breakfast (Show details)

    This session is for pool administrators only. A breakfast buffet will be served in the meeting room.

  • 7:30 am
    Networking Breakfast (Show details)

    Registered guests are invited ~ badges are required.

  • 9:15 am
    Strategic Communications and Messaging for Pool Ambassadors (Show details)

    In the ever-changing world of municipal business and its competitive environment, pools increasingly find themselves in the limelight either through high profile events, increased regulatory questions, legislative challenges, or simply trying to demonstrate value to potential or existing members. Clearly explaining differentiators and speaking with one voice to create alignment in internal and external communications is important in enhancing the pool’s value. Our keynote speakers will share insights into when and why a public entity should speak publicly on an opportunity or challenge, and how one develops and prepares strategic messaging that can be used in any interaction – whether with potential or existing customers, regulators and legislators, or the media.

  • 10:45 am
    Workers' Compensation Trends: A Look at Key Issues and Developments (Show details)

    There are several issues that may affect workers’ compensation programs over the next year. Join our industry expert, Mark Walls, as he explores state and federal legislative developments and market trends impacting work comp programs. Topics to be covered include the Affordable Care Act, integrated disability management, presumption laws, Medicare Set-Asides, and much more.

  • 10:45 am
    Planning for Disasters: Preparing Your Pool and Members (Show details)

    Planning in advance for disaster recovery is a critical best practice for pools and their members. In this session, a professional continuity planner who works with NLC-RISC pools that are members of Agility Recovery Solutions will discuss how continuity planning can help cities and pools prepare to continue operating and serving their missions after a disaster event. Learn why advance continuity planning helps organizations better respond to and recover from an emergency or disaster and how to conduct a continuity planning effort in your own pool and city.

  • 10:45 am
    Developing & Delivering Strategic Communciations and Messaging: the Fundamentals (Show details)

    There is more to strategic communications than collecting thoughts, blasting press releases, and arranging speeches. Through a unique training opportunity, Sean Casey and Matt Maguire will focus on two key fundamentals of this process: preparing strategic messaging, and then delivering it effectively and consistently in any interaction. Opportunities to apply and practice skills learned will be available throughout the training, but will be a special focus during the last of the training sessions. Strategic messaging must be written, honed, vetted, learned, and practiced by the principals of the organization – indeed, by anyone who will ever be asked or empowered to deliver it to a key audience. This first session will build on the general session and dive deeper into strategic messaging – understanding it, developing it, delivering it and responding to questions with it.

  • 12:00 pm

    Registered guests are invited ~ badges are required.

  • 1:15 pm
    The Affordable Care Act: Riding the Wave of Change (Show details)

    With the launch of the healthcare Marketplaces, most major provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”) are now effective. A wave of rules and regulations this past year provide opportunities and challenges for pools and municipal employers. This session will provide an overview of the PPACA activity this past year. Attendees will be able to explore the key provisions still to be fully implemented and what’s on the horizon. Join us for a look into what should pools and cities be considering now as you look ahead to the future.

  • 1:15 pm
    Finding Fiscal Health: An Update on NLC-RISC Financial Ratio Benchmarking (Show details)

    Overview of the latest results of the NLC-RISC P&C and Work Comp financial ratio benchmarking project. This session will identify key ratios and benchmarks germane to P&C and Work Comp pools, and also provide peer pool comparisons. How pools might use these ratios and benchmarks will also be examined.

  • 1:15 pm
    Developing & Delivering Strategic Communciations and Messaging: the Tactics (Show details)

    This session will briefly recap the information and strategies shared in the first session. Using a realistic pool scenario, attendees will take what has been learned and work together to develop messaging around hypothetical pool events or situations. Leading up to the last in the series of breakout sessions, attendees will learn specific tactics to help effectively stick to messaging in response to questions.

  • 2:45 pm
    Federal Legislative and Regulatory Update (Show details)

    The director of NLC's federal advocacy efforts will discuss the federal legislative and regulatory climate and its intersection with, and effect upon, current city fiscal conditions and trends. Specific areas of discussion will include health care reform, federal flood insurance, and reauthorization of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act. The session will also explore other NLC Federal Advocacy priorities, including its advocacy on behalf of the municipal bond tax exemption, the Marketplace Fairness Act, and reauthorization of the transportation bill.

  • 2:45 pm
    Turning Data into Action: Exploring the Use of Predictive Analytics for Pools (Show details)

    This session will explore how pools can leverage the power of their data to improve decision making in their claims and underwriting functions. The presentation will provide an overview of what predictive analytics is and how it can be used by pools to improve underwriting and claims performance. The presenters will explore how predictive analytics can be utilized to improve the pricing of risk, early detection of severe or fraudulent claims, drive operational efficiencies and lower loss costs and expenses.

  • 2:45 pm
    Developing & Delivering Strategic Communciations and Messaging: the Execution (Show details)

    Mastery of message delivery requires both effective presentation skills and nimbleness in sticking to messaging in response to questions. Effective message delivery requires the learning of specific tactics that are neither natural nor easy – but which can be mastered with practice. This session will allow attendees the opportunity to practice message delivery, including on camera practice "interviews."

  • 4:00 pm
    Evening On Your Own


The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter
San Diego, CA

The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter is ideally located in the heart of downtown San Diego's historic and vibrant Gaslamp Quarter. Your unparalleled San Diego Accommodations include every imaginable amenity as well as proximity to all a Gaslamp Quarter Hotel offers: the very best of San Diego shopping, dining, entertainment and cultural activities.

Room Rates: $169.00 per night for a standard room and $189 per night for a deluxe room (plus applicable taxes and fees).
Group rates honored for 3 days before Group arrival and 3 days after Group departure based on availability.  Please note there is limited availability on Tuesday, May 6th due to overlap that evening with another group.  We have arranged overflow at the US Grant for Tuesday night only at the same group rate of $169.00.  Make reservations for Tuesday night here.
Deadline for hotel reservations:

On or before 5:00 p.m. local time on April 15, 2014. 

Check-in: 3:00 p.m.; Check-out: 12:00 p.m.

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The presenter list for this event is not yet available.