Webinars

Webinars

Our webinars dig into key operational areas, explore hot topics and evaluate trends. Offered in real time and on demand, webinars are a ready resource on a variety of important pooling topics.

Webinar Series for Governing Bodies

AGRiP’s upcoming six-part webinar series is targeted to the needs of pool governing body members. 

Comprised of short, 25-minute educational presentations and subsequent live Q&As, this series is best viewed in real time. Recordings will also be available for on-demand viewing and can be used as in-service training at pool governing body meetings. 

Registration is now open for:

Public Entity Pooling Succession Planning

Tuesday, June 22, at 2 p.m. ET

AGRiP Succession Planning Resident Steve Trautman shares insights and concepts for governing body members and top pool officials on how to undertake and engage in succession planning. 

Register

Previous Webinars in This Series

The Role of Strategic Foresight in Governance

Tuesday, April 20, at 2 p.m. ET

VRSA Managing Director Steve Craig will present an introduction to strategic foresight. Steve will share how his pool used a strategic foresight project to energize and engage stakeholders as well as choose a desired future for 2030. He will also share how VRSA has embedded strategic foresight into its governance, strategic planning and operations processes.

This webinar, appropriate for governing body members to watch individually or as a group, will be broadcast on April 20 and will include a live Q&A with Steve.

Attend to:

  • Understand the critical role of strategic foresight in governing
  • Learn how futuring is different than strategic planning
  • Get practical takeaways and resources for your pool

View Presentation Slides

Read The Value of Foresight in a VUCA Environment

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Current Trends in Public Entity Pooling

Learn how public entity pools are being shaped by underlying loss trends in primary lines of coverage and other issues.  This webinar, appropriate for governing body members to watch individually or as a group, is presented by AGRiP Executive Director Ann Gergen. 

Watch this webinar to:

  • Gain insight into forces shaping primary lines of coverage including property, liability, workers’ compensation and employee benefits
  • Learn about timely pooling issues such as:
    • Cyber, law enforcement and corrections, SAM, employment, election risk and pandemic liability
    • Workers’ compensation presumptions and prescription drug costs 
  • Understand a brief history of pooling and AGRiP’s work to support local public entities
View presentation slides.

Upcoming Webinars in This Series

Tuesday, June 22, at 2 p.m. ET

AGRiP Resident Steve Trautman will look at talent risk management concepts and key questions every governing body should explore. 

Register now.

    Demystifying Generative Governance

    Tuesday, Aug. 3, at 2 p.m. ET

    Management consultant Sara Peterson will define “generative thinking,” break misconceptions about types of governance thinking, and look at examples of what generative governance is and isn’t.

        Challenging the Notion of “Efficient” Meetings

          Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 2 p.m. ET

          Management consultant Sara Peterson will explore why an “efficient” meeting isn’t always effective, help you identify the needs of your governing body, and share ways to “flip the script” on topics that require deep conversation, time and reflection.

            (Re)setting the Table for Generative Thinking

              Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 2 p.m. ET

              Management consultant Sara Peterson will explore how all the components of your governing body meetings (the information packets you produce, where people sit, etc.) help or hinder deep discussion and reflection on complex issues. You’ll learn about principles of decision-making, tips for revising agendas and materials, technology usage, room sets, and more.

              This page will be updated with additional details and will house on-demand recordings and associated resources on an ongoing basis. 

              Pools are encouraged to use this series to address the needs of their governing bodies.

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              On-Demand Webinars

              Governance

              Conversations Every Pool Board Should Have

              Join public entity pool leadership staff and governing body members for a look at conversations that are critical to the success of every governing body.  Understand the roles the board members and the pool administrator play in the organization and how they collaborate to address member needs. Delve into the important questions that governing body members should be asking and how the answers affect the success of the pool. Learn the benefits to be achieved when the governing body focuses on the pool’s – and the board’s – future. Pool executives will increase their awareness of their role in facilitating these key conversations, and the importance of raising these issues long before conflicts arise.  

              Speakers are:

              • James deSpelder, Administrator/CEO of County Road Association Self-Insurance Fund (CRASIF)
              • Mary Sholander, Board Member, County Road Association Self-Insurance Fund (CRASIF)
              • Jonathan Shull, CEO, California Joint Powers Insurance Authority
              • Craig Stephenson, Board Member, Oklahoma Municipal Assurance Group

              Elevating Board Performance Webinar Series

              Understanding Inclusivity
              This first of two sessions on building inclusive governance strategies will ground attendees in the definitions and science-based benefits of a governing body comprised of diverse viewpoints in this webinar presented by 2019 AGRiP Inclusion Resident Robin Stacia.

              Participants will identify ways to evaluate their governing body’s inclusivity needs and elevate its effectiveness through cognitive and demographic inclusion best practices. Stacia will also provide insight on how pools can start to set and achieve inclusivity goals.


              Implementing Inclusivity
              Pool leaders are uniquely poised to leverage cognitive and demographic diversity to enhance a pool’s governance performance. In this second webinar by 2019 AGRiP Inclusion Resident Robin Stacia, participants will learn five key actions every pool board can take to advance inclusivity while strengthening governance processes. The presentation will also identify values and opportunities for elevated cognitive and demographic inclusion, and consider methods to successfully implement inclusion practices.

              This is the second in a series of webinars designed to help attendees understand and apply inclusive governance practices. The first session will anchor attendees to the definitions and science.

              Implementing Inclusivity
              Pool leaders are uniquely poised to leverage cognitive and demographic diversity to enhance a pool’s governance performance. In this second webinar by 2019 AGRiP Inclusion Resident Robin Stacia, participants will learn five key actions every pool board can take to advance inclusivity while strengthening governance processes. The presentation will also identify values and opportunities for elevated cognitive and demographic inclusion, and consider methods to successfully implement inclusion practices.

              This is the second in a series of webinars designed to help attendees understand and apply inclusive governance practices. The first session will anchor attendees to the definitions and science.

              Pool Board Governance Webinar Series

              Developing and Maintaining an Effective CEO/Board Partnership
              Explore the role of the pool administrator in developing an effective Board of Directors, clarify the respective roles of the CEO, Board Chair, and Board.


              The Next Step: Moving to Generative Governance
              Introduction to generative thinking and concrete ways to apply this “Governance as Leadership” model in the work of your Board.


              Just-In-Time Pool Board Orientation
              Common Board responsibilities in policy development, strategic planning, and fiduciary duties. The Board’s role in fundamental pooling-specific matters such as actuarial analysis, claims and litigation, and risk management.

              Developing and Maintaining an Effective CEO/Board Partnership
              Explore the role of the pool administrator in developing an effective Board of Directors, clarify the respective roles of the CEO, Board Chair, and Board.


              The Next Step: Moving to Generative Governance
              Introduction to generative thinking and concrete ways to apply this “Governance as Leadership” model in the work of your Board.


              Just-In-Time Pool Board Orientation
              Common Board responsibilities in policy development, strategic planning, and fiduciary duties. The Board’s role in fundamental pooling-specific matters such as actuarial analysis, claims and litigation, and risk management.

              Emerging and Risk Management Issues

              Planning for COVID-19's Impact on Public Entity Risk Pools

              In this hour-long session recorded April 1, 2020, AGRiP 2017 Resident Futurist Rebecca Ryan:

              -- Introduces sense-making strategies to help your pool and its member entities navigate through COVID-19 ramifications as they emerge
              -- Provides springboard ideas generated by a specially convened COVID-19 pooling think tank to operate your pool effectively on behalf of its members during this crisis

              COVID-19 Pooling Community Resource Center: agrip.org/covid19

              Download the presentation slides


              Sexual Abuse and Molestation Claims

              Washington School Risk Management Pool (WSRMP) Executive Director Deborah Callahan addresses how WSRMP responded to a rapid rise in the number and cost of highly visible and community-disrupting claims using new, practical measures.

              The Impact of Cyber Security, Autonomous Vehicles and Smart Tech on Local Government and Risk Pools

              Looks at how smart tech and autonomous vehicles present new cyber-related impacts to public entities and pools, alike. Issues include public entity impacts of self-driving vehicles, shifts in member profiles and liability, insurance law and severity of auto claims, and data security's impact on public entities. Coverage documents, reinsurance, risk management cyber defenses, and reputational considerations are also addressed. Presentation Slides »

              Public Entity Cybersecurity: Risks, Mitigation & Breach Response

              Identify more than a dozen areas of cybersecurity interest to pools, using real-world examples as well as steps pools can take to reduce risk and respond to a cyber attack. Presentation Slides »

              Preventing Employment Claims: Lessons from CIS' Hire to Retire Program

              Discusses how Citycounty Insurance Services (CIS) in Oregon started to experience a rapid increase in employment claims and the development of their Hire to Retire (H2R) program, a targeted risk management program designed to help CIS members find and address the root cause of employment claims by supporting the entire employment lifecycle. Presentation Slides »

              Creating Action-Based Child Abuse Prevention Plans

              Review specific steps pools can implement to help members create safer environments for children, including enacting child protection focused applicant screening processes and boundary policies for employees.  Presentation Slides »

              Additional resource: Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Assessment for Youth Programs.

              Could Our Pool Members Be the Target of a Police Practices Lawsuit?

              Overview of contemporary police force issues, and a few perennial challenges as well. Presentation Slides »

              The Risk Management Value of Anonymous Tip Lines

              Examine the value of a reporting platform that allows citizens to anonymously give information about a crime, potential threat, or similar incident without fear of retaliation. Presentation Slides »

              Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)

              The accelerating unmanned aircraft industry, utilization and implications for pools and public entities. Presentation Slides »

              Expected Changes in Public Entity Pooling Webinar

              Three facets that will likely reshape the business model of public entity pooling, including changing demographics, rapid technology advances, and continued fiscal austerity for local governments.

              Implementation of the Affordable Care Act

              This webinar examines recent regulatory and legislative developments related to the Affordable Care Act. Presentation Slides »

              Operations

              Pool Investment Outlook for 2021

              In this webinar (recorded December 8, 2020), Dan Smereck of VP-level QEI Patron Strategic Asset Alliance explained how pools of different types are dealing with the uncertain investment environment and how today’s economy indicates where markets might be headed. Dan utilized a blind peer analysis of pooling client portfolios to help explain how investments are being impacted by current events. Attendees also gained initial insight into the practice of environmental, social and governance investing (i.e., ESG investing).


              Emergency Succession Planning

              AGRiP Succession Planning Resident Steve Trautman shares a practical framework for managing the unexpected departure of key leaders within your pool. The tools presented will help you:

              - Define the qualities, tasks and relationships unique to your pool’s leadership roles

              - Prepare for and conduct emergency knowledge transfer in a limited period of time

              - Reduce the risk of losing key skills by transferring them to multiple successors

              - Measure whether knowledge and skills were transferred successfully

              Presentation Slides

              Decoding Whether Your Risk Pool's Technology is Working For or Against You

              Learn how a public entity pool is decoding the true cost of a technology systems maze that no longer effectively and efficiently serves its members. Understand how technology investments support operations and member relationships. Review how the pool used “waste walks” to find considerable staff-time expense in its legacy-system data handling processes. Hear why this pool is dedicating resources to create clear, concise processes that free up staff time and resources to better serve members.

              Get an introduction to the concept of process mapping, how this practice supports defining system requirements for an RFP, and how it creates a shared language for a pool’s governing body and staff that is fundamental to strategic decision making. At the end of this session, you’ll have keen insight into whether your pool should be considering technology investments for your pool’s future.  Presentation Slides »

              Speakers are:

              Wendy Lee Parker, Executive Director of HealthTrust
              Phillip Seawright, TriCorps Technologies


              Investment and Economic Outlook for Public Entity Pools, 2018-2019

              Review 2018 capital market performance and learn about opportunities for 2019.

              Led by Strategic Asset Alliance (SAA) Managing Director & Principal Daniel Smereck, this webinar offers a look at key investment issues and challenges addressed by small and large pools alike; and includes a blind peer analysis of pooling clients across multiple portfolios, to help participants understand investment risk/reward profiles. Presentation Slides »


              Review 2018 capital market performance and learn about opportunities for 2019.

              Led by Strategic Asset Alliance (SAA) Managing Director & Principal Daniel Smereck, this webinar offers a look at key investment issues and challenges addressed by small and large pools alike; and includes a blind peer analysis of pooling clients across multiple portfolios, to help participants understand investment risk/reward profiles. Presentation Slides »


              The Age of the Multigenerational Workforce

              Generational Resident Kim Lear teaches pools how to prepare for a workplace and membership environment with multiple generations. Presentation Slides »

              Resetting Your Contribution Algorithm

              Looks at how public entity pool rating formulas and underwriting guidelines evolve. The session guides viewers on when it is time to review your algorithm, how to manage risk characteristics and market conditions, set management objectives, and better understand outcomes. Presentation Slides »

              Next Generation Strategies for PBMs

              Provides insight into the mechanisms for pools of pharmacy benefits management (PBM). This session shares information on PBM service components, financial structures, and more. Presentation Slides »

              State Sovereign Immunity & Tort Caps

              Sovereign immunity and tort caps have significant implications for public entity pooling -- pools without them can face substantial uncapped payouts, while pools with outdated limits may find themselves engaged in additional litigation. Presentation Slides »

              Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) for Pools

              Review examples from pooling organizations that have embarked on the ERM journey and end with a better understanding of how ERM applies to pool and member operations, and ideas about how to take the next steps. Presentation Slides »

              Stewardship Reports for Boards

              Review tactics and best practices for creating an annual organizational stewardship report to keep your Board of Directors aware of the progress your pool has made on its strategies and goals. Presentation Slides »

              HIPAA Compliance

              Information about the new audit program, how to have compliant policies and procedures, and what specific areas of concern auditors will focus on.

              What Works in Wellness, Real Results from Real Pools

              Stories from AGRiP member pools about the ways in which their wellness programs have evolved, their efforts to measure results, and their current approaches to developing and maintaining the programs.