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National Underwriter launches its first Virtual Conference & Expo on Wednesday, Nov. 14, with a session on enterprise risk management, featuring the authors of Enterprise Risk Management For Dummies–the first of four sessions on the day. Also included will be a panel in which the three finalists in NU’s inaugural “Award For Excellence In Workers’ Comp Risk Management” will share the secrets of their success. Registration is free. (Thursday’s session features “The Battle Of The Bobs”–the debate between Bob Hartwig and Bob Hunter.) Click on for more details.


The two sessions put on by NU’s p-c weekly newsmagazine on Nov. 14 and moderated by yours truly include:

Conquering the New FrontierEnterprise Risk Management (Nov. 14, 11 a.m.-to-Noon EST):

The authors of Enterprise Risk Management For Dummies will lay out how risk managers can meet their growing responsibilities beyond standard property and liability issues into much broader exposures, such as company reputation, stock price, government-mandated disclosure requirements and political risk.

The Search for Excellence in Workers Comp Risk Management (Nov. 14, 3:00-to-4:00 p.m. EST):

A panel of risk managers from Belk Department Stores, Kitty Hawk Cargo and Rolls-Royce North America share the secrets of their success, which earned them honors in the inaugural National Underwriter Award for Excellence in Workers Compensation Risk Management.

Additional sessions put on by two of NUCO’s other publications on Nov. 14 include:

Fraud at the Forefront (Nov. 14, 12:30-to-1:30 p.m. EST):

Presented by Claims magazine, this session features three prominent fraud-fighting organizations talking about the latest attempts to keep fraud under control, as well as offering a peek into future efforts.

Predictive Analytics–Traditional and Nontraditional Applications (Nov. 14, 2:00-3:00 p.m. EST):

This session, put on by Tech Decisions, helps underwriters improve decision-making, as well as industry professionals who want to integrate models with business rules to assess a claim (and potential fraud) and determine which customers (and producers) are profitable.

If you cant make it when a session first airs, or wish to refer colleagues to sessions you feel they would benefit from, the conference will be available online through Feb. 16, 2008. A virtual exhibit hall will be set up as well to allow attendees to shop for products and services from their desktops.

For free registration, click here.