My husband and I recently returned from the 2018 CPCU Society Annual Meeting that was held in San Diego, California, from Oct 13 through Oct 16. The conference was chockfull of seminars highlighting relevant topics ranging from the opening session that featured a world-famous cyber hacker turned international author, to the commercialization of marijuana.
I did not attend the annual meeting on the year of my conferment, so I am grateful to the Chapter for supporting me. The entire conference, from the hotel, to the speakers, to the food, was first class. I highly recommend that anyone in the industry, whether or not you hold your CPCU, attend this conference.
I want to share some highlights from my favorite session, which was entitled, “Ethics: It’s a Hard World After All.” I know; I am an insurance geek! But, honestly, in today’s world, we all can benefit from an audit of our moral compass.
This dynamic 3 credit Continuing Education seminar included colleagues who span the industry, from agents to underwriters to claims adjusters, from all areas of the globe. The panel created an interactive presentation encouraging us to participate via an app on our smart phones that allowed us to vote, first independently, on how we would respond to ethically challenging scenarios. We then broke off into small groups, discussed the scenario, and had an opportunity to recast our individual vote.
Expectedly, there was animated discussion with mixed opinions. In the end, the session reinforced that our industry is represented by honorable professionals who strive to secure win-win opportunities for all parties involved, without sacrificing integrity and principle.
Today, we are challenged daily to choose right from wrong, to make sound ethical decisions, sometimes causing us to pass on an opportunity. If our moral compass is properly aligned, making those decisions should not be difficult. As CPCUs, we lead by example to create a climate of integrity, accountability, and principle. In an age where it seems that morals and rule books have been tossed out of the window, I am honored to share this designation with you.