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The National African-American Insurance Association said its2009 National Conference, Oct. 22-23 in Chicago, is themed "NewBeginnings: The Challenges and Opportunities of Change."

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The meeting will bring together industry professionals toparticipate in roundtable discussion forums, continuing educationworkshops, networking and an awards ceremony honoring those whohave made significant contributions to the industry.

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The annual conference will take place at Chicago's Palmer HouseHilton Hotel, the group said.

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"The 2009 national conference will champion the use of teamworkas a key to success for African-Americans presented with(insurance) industry challenges and opportunities," Ron Allen,national chairman, NAAIA, said in a statement. "The diversity oftalent and perspective embodied by NAAIA membership and supporterswill further emphasize the value of collaboration."

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Consistent with the goals of NAAIA, the conference will enhanceand support career development for attendees representingleadership and staff from insurance agency/broker organizations andinsurance companies.

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"The conference is going to be exciting," said Jerald Tillman,NAAIA founder. "This year marks our 11th annual nationalconference which continues to build upon the strengths of NAAIA andits talented members."

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Headquartered in Washington, DC, the NAAIA is dedicated toempowering African-American insurance professionals, as well asincreasing their numbers nationwide, by sharing information forpersonal growth and professional development. It also providesopportunities for networking, continuing education and buildingmutually beneficial partnerships.

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For more information about NAAIA or to register for its 2009national conference, call 866-56-NAAIA or visit www.naaia.org.

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