Indiana State University's Networks Financial Institute is organizing this year's Insurance Public Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. The school says several Indiana State students will attend the summit this month and hear from insurance industry leaders.

March 3, 2015

News Release

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Leading experts in Congressional, state, federal and insurance industry thinking will provide insight into the hurdles facing U.S. and international markets at the 2015 Networks Financial Institute's Insurance Public Policy Summit in Washington, D.C.

The 11th annual summit will be held March 17 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. The theme for the summit, which is organized by Indiana State University's Networks Financial Institute with support from Faegre Baker Daniels, will be “Complex Challenges of International and U.S. Policy Regimes: Who's in Charge Here?”

Rebecca Wray, director of Networks Financial Institute, said the goal is to facilitate lively discussion about how state and federal regulation can work best together both in the U.S. and internationally.

“Every year, we want to have something new that will spark discussion. We've tried to do that again this year by adding a policy research discussion to our Congressional, industry and state regulatory discussions,” she said.

Keynote speakers this year include:

– Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), member, Senate Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs Committee and member of the Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance and Investment

– Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.), member, House Financial Services Committee and Chair of the Subcommittee on Housing & Insurance

– Commissioner Kevin McCarty (Fla.), member and past president, National Association of Insurance Commissioners

– Michael T. McRaith, director, Federal Insurance Office

– Thomas R. Sullivan, senior adviser, Banking Supervision and Regulation Division, Board of Governors, Federal Reserve SystemSpecial guest speakers include:

– Charles M. Chamness, president and CEO, National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies

– Peter G. Gallanis, president, National Organization of Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Associations

– Dirk Kempthorne, president and CEO, American Council of Life Insurers

– Aaron Klein, director of the Financial Regulatory Reform Initiative, Bipartisan Policy Center

– Franklin W. Nutter, president, Reinsurance Association of America

– Hester Peirce, senior research fellow, George Mason University MercatusCenter

– Karen Shaw Petrou, co-founder and managing partner, Federal Financial Analytics, Inc.

– Leigh Ann Pusey, president and CEO, American Insurance Association

– David A. Sampson, president and CEO, Property Casualty Insurers Association of America

Six Indiana State students will have the opportunity to attend this year's summit: Abby Shanks, a sophomore accounting major and insurance and risk management minor; Mitchell Wasmund, a junior finance major and Spanish minor; Ben Weber, a sophomore financial services major; Christena Hoopingarner, a senior insurance and risk management major; Lily Eubank, a freshman marketing major and Spanish minor; and Trevor Steiner, a freshman insurance and risk management major.

“Insurance can impact a variety of people and industries, so we wanted to open this opportunity to students in others fields,” said Wray, who helped in the selection of the student participants. “It's a great opportunity for students to network with thought leaders in the industry, learn how things work in the insurance and financial services industries and really open their minds to real-world issues and different topics we'll cover.”

More information on the 2015 Insurance Public Policy Summit, including a registration form, is available at

Source: Indiana State University

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