Annual Conference 2024 Agenda

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Wednesday, September 25, 2024

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:30 - 10:00 AM
Forum 500 Board of Governors Meeting (ACLI members only, breakfast served)
10:30 AM - 3:00 PM
ACLI Board and Steering Committee Meetings (ACLI members only)
10:30 - 11:45 AM
CEO Steering Committee on Prudential Issues
12:00 - 1:15 PM
CEO Steering Committee on Consumer Issues (with buffet lunch)
1:30 - 3:00 PM
CEO Steering Committee on Taxation
3:00 - 4:45 PM
ACLI Board of Directors Meeting (ACLI members only)
5:00 - 5:30 PM
Rising Leader Reception (Invitation only)
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5:30 - 6:30 PM
Welcome Reception Sponsored by:
Global Atlantic Financial Group
6:30 - 9:00 PM
ACLI Board of Directors Dinner (Invitation only)

Thursday, September 26, 2024

7:15 - 8:30 AM
Rising Leader Program Breakfast (Invitation only)
Sponsored by:
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7:30 - 8:30 AM
Networking Breakfast Sponsored by:
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8:40 - 9:30 AM
Opening Remarks & Perspectives
Emcee-Welcome Remarks 

President's Perspective
Susan Neely President & Chief Executive Officer, American Council of Life Insurers (view bio)

Chair's Perspective
Paul Quaranto Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & President, Boston Mutual Life Insurance Company
Gavel Exchange Rich Bielen President & Chief Executive Officer, Protective Life Corporation
9:30 - 10:15 AM

General Session: Leadership and Election Insights with Speaker McCarthy
55th Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy believes in the possibility about rebuilding, restoring, and renewing America. In this fascinating discussion, McCarthy will recount his experiences in Congress and reflect on his decade and a half in public office, sharing stories of his time in both state and federal leadership. He will share his behind-the-scenes perspectives on political trends, explaining the nuances of todays’ headlines, and breaking down what each development could mean for individuals, businesses, and industries.
Moderator: Paul Quaranto, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & President, Boston Mutual Life Insurance Company Speaker: Kevin McCarthy55th Speaker of the US House of Representatives

10:15 - 10:45 AM
Networking Refreshment Break
10:45 - 11:45 AM

Concurrent Sessions

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ERISA Litigation: What You Need to Know ERISA litigation continued to make headlines throughout 2023. Hear panelists discuss the most significant issues and trends in ERISA litigation from the past year.
Speaker: Glenn Merten Partner, Faegre Drinker
Sponsored by:
Faegre Drinker
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12:00 - 1:45 PM

Luncheon General Session
ACLI Rising Leader Program Class of 2024 Graduation
Political Action Committee (PAC) Update 
General Session: Up From Nothing
Facing a challenging economy, too many Americans despair of improving their lives. But John Hope Bryant insists that America is still the Land of Opportunity. His story revives the forgotten narrative of the American Dream. It’s about our beginnings as a nation of go-getters who believed they were winners before they won. Using the inspiring story of his own rise from humble beginnings, and that of his parents and grandparents, Bryant shows how individually we can change our mindset from survivor to thriver to winner and move beyond just getting by or being financially independent to becoming wildly successful. Collectively, we need to become a nation of winners once again.
John Hope BryantFounder, Chairman, & CEO, Operation Hope
Co-Sponsored by:
Eversheds_Sutherland Primary k

2:00 - 3:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions

Cash Flow Testing of ReinsuranceSpeakers:
Catherine MurphyVice President & US Deputy Appointed Actuary, John Hancock Life Insurance Company
Theresa ReznickSenior Vice President and Actuary, Everlake Life Insurance Company

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Artificial Intelligence As the opportunities of Artificial Intelligence pushes our industry, this panel will explore the delicate balance between ethics, regulation and innovation. Panelists will be focused on sharing their perspectives on tackling some of the tougher challenges of how to balance governance vs innovation.
Moderator: Chad EslingerChief Ethics and Compliance Officer, Resolution Life US
Speakers: Sheila BurtonCompliance Vice President, Athene Rebecca GaheteDeputy General Counsel, Chief Privacy Officer & Technology, Resolution Life US Aaron Witt Chief Digital & Data Officer, Vice President, Sammons Financial Group
The New Sound of Economic Power; Women’s Voices Reshaping Financial Security This session will focus on the evolving landscape of retirement planning for women, focusing on the impact of social media, influencer culture and more. Moderator: Jessica MancariSenior Vice President, Public Affairs, American Council of Life Insurers Speakers: Zarifa ReynoldsPresident & Chief Executive Officer, Royal Neighbors of America Marsha BarnesPersonal Finance Expert, Commentator, Founder, The Finance Bar
3:00 - 3:30 PM
Milliman Moody Tongue Mixer Unwind and Connect at the Milliman Moody Tongue Mixer! Join us for a relaxed networking brewery break sponsored by Milliman. Enjoy locally crafted Chicago beer, delicious bar snacks, and mixed nuts in a casual atmosphere perfect for mingling and making connections. It's the ideal way to decompress from a busy day of sessions while enjoying Moody Tongue's renowned beers. Don't miss out on this unique networking opportunity!
4:30 - 6:00 PM
PAC Reception
6:00 - 8:00 PM
ACLIPalooza Step into a new era of networking with ACLIPalooza! Inspired by Chicago's legendary Lollapalooza festival, join us for a unique reception experience where industry leaders converge for an unforgettable evening. Discover a vibrant atmosphere filled with heavy hors d'oeuvres, interactive food stations, and captivating entertainment. Engage in meaningful conversations on key industry issues while expanding your professional network amidst the energetic spirit of an ACLI inspired festival.
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Friday, September 27, 2024

7:45 - 8:30 AM
Rising Leader Breakfast (Invitation only)
Blerina UruciChief U.S. Economist, T. Rowe Price
7:45 - 8:30 AM
Hot Issues Breakfast Session The Annuity Market Soars - New Entrants Bring Capacity and Competition The fixed annuity market saw record sales in 2023, building on the strength of 2022. Join Ken Frino and Mike Porcelli from AM Best Ratings as they discuss the dynamics driving this market, the risks insurers face, and the future of the annuity product line. They will share their insights on what this product shift means for the portfolio of life and annuity insurers, as well as their thoughts about the interest rate environment that lies ahead for annuity writers.
Speakers: Ken FrinoManaging Director, AM Best Mike PorcelliSenior Director, AM Best
Sponsored by:
AMBEST Since 1899
8:45 - 9:30 AM
General Session
9:45 - 10:45 AM

Concurrent Sessions

Federal Home Loan Bank Update This session will discuss the FHFA report, expected regulatory activity or guidance next year, and the potential impact on life insurers.
Moderator: Paul KangasVice President, Financial Services & Principal Deputy, American Council of Life Insurers
Speakers: Ryan DonovanPresident & Chief Executive Officer, Council of Federal Home Loan Banks Michael EricsonPresident & Chief Executive Officer, Federal Home Loan Bank of ChicagoAdam AdertonPartner, Litigation, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
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10:45 - 11:00 AM
Networking Refreshment Break
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions

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More information coming soon.
Big Picture – Legislative and Political Landscape in 2025 Election Speakers:
Kathleen Coulombe Senior Vice President, Federal Relations, American Council of Life Insurers
Doug Sosnik Former Clinton White House Adviser
Leah Walters Senior Vice President, State Relations, American Council of Life Insurers
12:15 - 1:30 PM
Closing Luncheon
Sponsored by:
Carlton Fields
1:30 PM