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In my 20-something years of writing about the insurance industry, I’ve been to plenty of conferences, and it always amazes me how little these events seem to have changed. Although overhead projectors have been replaced by laptop Power Point presentations, the dress is slightly more casual and there are usually more women and people of color, the general tenor is usually the same: high-level industry professionals talking about a problem on a macro level.

Last week’s Griffith Foundation’s Insurance Education and Career Summit examined how to attract more young people to a business where the average independent agent or broker is 55 or older. In some ways, it was like any other industry meeting, but with one big difference: participants included actual insurance students, the very subject of the discussion.

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