NAIFA 2010 to Emphasize Education, Networking, Advocacy
Members will be “Up to the Challenges…Down to Business” during
2010 Career Conference and Annual Meeting, September 11-14 in Seattle.
John Boyle, VP, Meetings and Convention
FALLS CHURCH, VA (March 25, 2010) — Professional development, networking and political action in the changing legislative environment will be the top priorities when insurance agents and financial advisors from across the country gather in Seattle September 11-14 for the 2010 Career Conference and Annual Meeting of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA).
"Not only will NAIFA 2010 deliver motivation, professional development and continuing education to attendees, it will prepare our members to be active political advocates for their clients, their practice and their industry," explained Terry K. Headley, LUTCF, LIC, FSS, NAIFA President-Elect and 2010 Conference Committee Chair.
This year’s theme, “Up to the Challenges…Down to Business,” emphasizes the new realities of the insurance industry, where the regulatory and legislative environment and other changes can be overwhelming to new and long-time agents. NAIFA 2010 will give NAIFA members the training, tools, connections and confidence they need to thrive in this environment, build and strengthen their businesses and better serve their clients.
Best-selling author Dr. Stephen R. Covey leads a full slate of top-notch speakers and presenters who will educate, motivate, inspire and even entertain. Attendees will have two opportunities to hear Dr. Covey on September 14. He will conduct a leadership workshop based on his book The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness, and is the keynote speaker at the John Newton Russell Memorial Award brunch.
The John Newton Russell Memorial Award is the most prestigious honor in the insurance and financial services industry. And as the John Newton Russell Memorial Award honors the leaders and giants who have given so much to our industry, there is no more complementary message than Dr. Covey’s concepts of principle-centered living and leadership.
The conference will also feature dozens of educational workshops tailored to the different interests and needs of NAIFA members, including tracks on leadership; practice specialties; practice management; and sales, prospecting and marketing.
NAIFA 2010 is also a place to showcase how insurance products and the agents who sell them make a difference in the lives of Americans. The annual realLIFEstories Awards on September 13 recognize families who got through difficult financial times with the help of insurance and insurance professionals. Sponsored by the Life and Health Insurance Foundation for Education (LIFE), the realLIFEstories presentation will for the first time be webcast live.
Advocacy is also a top priority for NAIFA and its members, and the Legislative Forum on September 13 will give members important updates on the regulatory environment, analysis of new and pending legislation, and information of how they can get involved in NAIFA's continuing efforts to protect the industry.
About NAIFA: NAIFA comprises more than 700 state and local associations representing the interests of approximately 200,000 agents and their associates nationwide. NAIFA members focus their practices on one or more of the following: life insurance and annuities, health insurance and employee benefits, multiline, and financial advising and investments. The Association’s mission is to advocate for a positive legislative and regulatory environment, enhance business and professional skills, and promote the ethical conduct of its members.