2019 Governance & Leadership Conference

2019 Governance & Leadership Conference - Navigating Change - March 3-6, 2019 St. Louis Union Station in St. Louis, Missouri

Navigating Change

Steer through issues shaping today’s public entity pools at the 2019 Governance & Leadership Conference, March 3-6. This year’s program, Navigating Change, offers a confluence of sessions on leadership, governance and hot topics pools can use to set a course for the future.

  • A two-part session on board composition and recruitment will be led by AGRiP 2019 Inclusion Resident Robin Stacia. Ideal for pool executives and governing bodies to attend together, this session offers pragmatic solutions to develop board recruitment plans based on expertise, leadership, community connections, and more.
  • András Tilscik will speak about his research on thought diversity and why it’s so important for a successful pool governing body. He was well received at the 2018 Fall Forum and will return with fresh information.
  • The importance of collaborating with universities to build an employee pipeline will be considered. An insurance fraternity will address how cross-generational mentorships can deliver results within a pool.
  • A half-day of health pool programming will address issues specific to health pool operations. Be sure to book travel that allows you to remain onsite until at least noon on Wednesday, March 6.
  • A session on practical methods and tools to proactively mitigate and manage sexual abuse and molestation claims builds off a keynote session delivered at the 2018 Fall Educational Forum.

Attendee list

Visit the registered attendee list to see who will be joining you in St. Louis.

Pooling Basics

Pooling Basics is offered as a pre-conference program from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, March 3. Pooling Basics helps those newer to public entity pooling learn how our approach varies from the traditional insurance industry and introduces attendees to the core operations important for every pool. Pooling Basics is appropriate for pool staff and governing bodies.

Pre-Conference Social Tours

Sign up for the optional pre-conference social tour during the registration process.

The Gateway Arch National Park: See Gateway Arch, the 630-foot stainless-steel clad monument to St. Louis' role in the westward expansion, in this self-guided tour. Enjoy a tram ride to the top of the arch and its lookout, and visit the museum and gift shop. All visitors will go through an airport-style security checkpoint. The tram ride may not be fully accessible to persons who are differently abled. Cost for this tour is $35 per person. Tours are:

  • Sunday, March 3: 12:30-2:35 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 3: 1:30-3:35 p.m.

Tours are scheduled first-come, first-served; a minimum of 20 people is required for each. Tours may be merged or canceled if attendance is lower than 20. Tours depart from the main entrance of the St. Louis Union Station.

Site Information and Hotel Reservations

The Wall Street Journal named St. Louis as one of the “10 most intriguing travel destinations for 2019.” It’s a changing and fast-growing city located at the heart of America on the banks of the mighty Mississippi River.

St. Louis offers arts districts, a renowned Italian dining district, museums and national parks, and more. Attendees will want to explore The Gateway Arch, the Old Courthouse where two of the Dred Scott trials took place, Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum and Busch Stadium, Lafayette Square, and the Economy Museum at the Federal Reserve.

Hotel Reservations: To reserve rooms in AGRiP’s sleeping room block, all attendees must first register for the conference. Attendees will receive information to make hotel reservations after registration is complete.

The St. Louis Union Station offers sleeping rooms ranging in size and amenities. Rooms in the AGRiP block range from $179 to $239 per night, and are available through Tuesday, Feb. 19. If you make reservations outside the block, AGRiP will be unable to assist you if you face rooming issues.

St. Louis Union Station is listed on the National Registry of Historic Landmarks and once was the busiest train depot in the United States. The hotel’s Grand Hall, the largest train terminal of its day, evokes the glamour of train travel in its heyday.

Registration Fees and Cancellation Policies

Conference registration fees are $855 for AGRiP members; and $1,145 for non-members.

Guest registration options are available for attendee travel companions, determined on the basis of covering all related food costs. Guests must be registered to attend meal(s) and to participate in tours. Guests are not eligible to attend educational programming.

  • Full Guest (Sunday reception, three breakfasts and two lunches): $355
  • Sunday Welcome Reception, only: $110
  • Monday meals (breakfast and lunch): $100
  • Tuesday meals (breakfast and lunch): $100
  • Breakfasts, only (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday): $135

Please view the AGRiP Conference Registration Policies for more information, including cancellation practices.