The Profession of Opportunity

16 September 2022

The Auditorium, The Willis Building, London

5 hours of CPD available


Take a deep dive into the following hot topics:

  • Career progression
  • The future-fit professional
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Personal Resilience
  • Innovation



Arrival and Registration


Opening Welcome

Julia Graham


Presentation: Future of the Profession 2022

Amanda Scott
Global M&A Leader

Explore the findings of the latest Future of the Profession report from Airmic and WTW in areas such as diversity, ESG, the nature of the risk profession, job structure, leadership and post pandemic trends


Opening Keynote: Attracting new talent into the profession through the lens of sustainability

Aliza Ayaz
Goodwill Ambassador
United Nations

Sustainable businesses attract top talent because they focus on three bottom lines: people, planet, and profit. Talent, especially the youth, are looking for meaningful practice in even the most corporate of jobs. A companies’ “inclusive” vision can have a positive impact on the environment, its workforce and its revenue.


Panel Discussion: Valuing talent through Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) – the role of organisational culture

Allison Fingerhuth
Vice President Marketing & Communications International Insurance and Inclusive Diversity
Sompo International
Marisa Hall
Co-Head, Thinking Ahead Institute
Andrew Larkin
Principal Consultant
The Leadership Learning Team
Adam Ireland (Moderator)
Head of Learning, Airmic

In order to be successful, human communities (including organisations) depend upon a diversity of talent, not a singular conception of ability. As Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) become more prominent on the board agenda, this session will explore the links between DE&I, effective talent management and organisational culture


Networking Break


Breakout A1: Advancing your early career

Voy Wadwicz-Stankowski
Innovation Manager

How to amplify your personal story to advance your progression in the workplace. From Recruitment purgatory to the UK’s leading insurer – a journey of resilience, perseverance, and determination. Three years, over 100 applications, dozens of online tests, numerous interviews, multiple assessment centres and two Airmic Conferences later…


Breakout A2: Developing personal resilience gives you superpowers

Michelle Elstein
Courageous Co.

Michelle Elstein made it a choice to develop her personal resilience and adaptability when trauma and tragedy struck. Exploring how to use a positive mindset to be in control of her life and career and create new opportunities, Michelle’s story will help equip you for the adventures ahead


Breakout A3: Bringing innovation to life – from idea to reality

Shruthi Rao
CEO & Co-Founder
Adapt Ready


Presentation & Fireside Chat: Fostering innovation in insurance & risk

Kieran Linger
Lloyds Lab Associate
Daren Evans
Operational Framework - Programme Manager
BAE Systems

Join Lloyd’s to hear how they are driving innovation within the market through the Lloyd’s Lab, including their cohort programme alongside FutureMinds. During a Fireside Chat, delegates will then have the opportunity to hear from two previous FutureMinds participants about their experiences and what they learnt


Networking Lunch


Presentation: Promoting your Mental Health

Ian Hurst
Managing Director
We are Hummingbird Health Ltd


Presentation: Batman, Buildings and Ballerinas: Looking backwards to accelerate forwards

Amanda Scott
Global M&A Leader

The people agenda is ripe for renovation. Now is the time to reset our expectations of leadership, business and ourselves with regards to work-life balance, gender equality, innovation and employee engagement. Hear from Amanda as she shares what insights can be drawn from the pandemic and today’s uncertain environment


Networking Break


Member Panel: Developing competencies for the future risk and insurance professional

Ben Cooney
Director, Risk Management - Real Estate
Brookfield Asset Management
Florie Starkings
Group Risk & Insurance Manager
Selfridges Group
Isaac Wheatley
Analyst, Crisis Management (EMEA)
Susan Young
Chief Risk Officer
Randall & Quilter Holdings
Menha Zola
Senior Analyst, US Compliance & Risk Management
Capital On Tap
Julia Graham (Moderator)

Join a panel of Airmic members to explore the competencies needed now and in the future in order to be a ‘future-fit’ risk and insurance professional. Sharing their own professional development journeys, the panel will predict what professionals will need to turn their attention to in future, and why


Closing Keynote: Overcoming adversity

Richard McCann
iCan Academy

Richard McCann’s life story is full of examples of where resilience, resourcefulness, and an eye for opportunity allowed him to succeed against the odds. His determination eventually led to him becoming a Sunday Times bestselling author and international keynote speaker. Richard will be sharing the mindset that has helped him thrive where others would have given up.


Closing Remarks

Julia Graham
Amanda Scott
Global M&A Leader

Observations from the day and the key takeaways



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