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The Griffith Foundation Collaborates with The Council of State Governments

June 16, 2015

MALVERN,PA–The Griffith Foundation is collaborating with The Council of State Governments (CSG) to provide policymakers with nonadvocacy, nonpartisan educational programming.

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The Griffith Insurance Education Foundation Awards More Than $100,000 in Scholarships

January 15, 2015

MALVERN, PA–Forty scholarship winners have been announced as part of The Griffith Insurance Education Foundation’s 2014 scholarship program. Each year, The Griffith Foundation oversees multiple scholarship opportunities that encourage college and university students to take risk management and insurance courses.

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The Griffith Insurance Education Foundation Selects Marita Zuraitis as 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

October 29, 2014

MALVERN, PA–Marita Zuraitis received The Griffith Insurance Education Foundation’s 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award during a ceremony at the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America’s (PCI’s) Annual Meeting, held October 26 to 29 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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The Griffith Insurance Educational Foundation Announces Barbara Baurer as Winner of the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award

September 23, 2014

MALVERN, PA–Barbara Baurer received The Griffith Insurance Education Foundation’s 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award during a ceremony at the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC) Annual Convention, held September 21 to 24 in National Harbor, Maryland.

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The Griffith Insurance Education Foundation Moves to Malvern, PA

April 15, 2014

MALVERN, PA–The Griffith Insurance Education Foundation announced that, as of April 15, 2014, its office will officially relocate from Columbus, Ohio to Malvern, Pa.

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The Griffith Insurance Education Foundation Awards More Than $48,000 in Scholarships

December 19, 2013

COLUMBUS, OH–Thirty scholarship winners have been announced as part of The Griffith Insurance Education Foundation’s 2013 scholarship program. Each year, The Griffith Foundation oversees multiple scholarship opportunities that encourage college and university students to take risk management and insurance courses.

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The Griffith Insurance Education Foundation Hosts Seminars for Legislators at NCOIL Meeting

July 16, 2013

COLUMBUS, OH–The Griffith Insurance Education Foundation hosted two insurance seminars for legislators on July 10 and 11, 2013, in Philadelphia. The seminars were held during the National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) 2013 Summer Meeting. A total of 34 legislators from 20 states attended the Insurance 101 seminar on July 10. The second seminar, “Distracted Driving: Truth and Consequences,” was attended by 50 legislators from 25 states.

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Legislators Gain Insight at Insurance Education Seminar

March 22, 2013

WORTHINGTON, OH–A total of 22 Oklahoma legislators, regulators and staff attended the “Insurance 101” seminar hosted by The Griffith Insurance Education Foundation on March 20. The seminar, held in Oklahoma City, provided a nonpartisan overview of important insurance and risk management concepts.

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Legislators Gain Insight at Insurance Education Seminar

March 15, 2013

SACRAMENTO, CA–Ten California legislators and staff attended the “Insurance 101” seminar hosted by The Griffith Insurance Education Foundation on March 14-15. The seminar provided a nonpartisan overview of important insurance and risk management concepts.

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Legislators and Commissioners Learn About Hospitals and Healthcare Reform

March 12, 2013

WORTHINGTON, OH–Legislators and commissioners know more about hospitals and healthcare reform, after attending a workshop presented by The Griffith Insurance Education Foundation. The workshop was held on March 9 in Washington, D.C. during the National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) 2013 Spring Meeting.

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The Griffith Insurance Education Foundation Names New Leadership Council Members

February 5, 2013

WORTHINGTON, OH –The Griffith Insurance Education Foundation has named three new Leadership Council members:

  • Darcy Kerr―vice president of human resources, Accident Fund Insurance Company
  • John Meder―regional managing director, Wells Fargo
  • Michael C. Strakhov, CPCU―vice president, Ohio Branch, CNA Property and Casualty Insurance Group

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Legislators learn about Basic Principles of Insurance in South Carolina

January 18, 2013

COLUMBUS, OH — A total of 33 South Carolina legislators and staff attended the “Insurance 101” seminar hosted by The Griffith Insurance Education Foundation on January 17.  The seminar, held in Columbia, S.C., provided a non-partisan overview of important insurance and risk management concepts.

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The Griffith Insurance Education Foundation Educates 279 Teachers

December 29, 2012

COLUMBUS, OH — The Griffith Insurance Education Foundation provided insurance education to 279 teachers through the Insurance Education Institutes. The purpose of the program is to enable junior high and high school teachers to become more effective in teaching risk management and insurance.

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JANICE M. ABRAHAM RECEIVES LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

November 6, 2012

COLUMBUS, OH — Janice M. Abraham received The Griffith Insurance Education Foundation’s 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award.  Barbara A. Baurer, CPCU, executive vice president and chief operating officer of COUNTRY Financial, presented the award during a ceremony on October 30.

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LEGISLATORS AND COMMISSIONERS LEARN ABOUT RISK
MANAGEMENT AND FLOOD INSURANCE

November 15, 2012

Columbus, OH –The Griffith Insurance Education Foundation hosted two insurance seminars for legislators and commissioners during the National Council of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) 2012 Annual Meeting.

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JEFFREY F. HARROLD RECEIVES LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

September 20, 2012

COLUMBUS, OH  — Jeffrey F. Harrold received The Griffith Insurance Education Foundation’s 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award during a ceremony on September 18. This award recognizes industry leaders for their commitment to education, and for their support of the missions of The Griffith Foundation and the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC).

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LEGISLATORS AND COMMISSIONERS LEARN ABOUT REGULATORY STANDARDS

July 17, 2012

The Griffith Insurance Education Foundation hosted a workshop on regulatory changes for investment advisors and for broker-dealers. The workshop was held in Burlington, Vt. during the National Conference of Insurance Legislators 2012 Summer Meeting.

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GRIFFITH INSURANCE EDUCATION FOUNDATION AWARDS ROBERT P. ASHLOCK GRANTS TO SUPPORT RMI EDUCATORS

June 13, 2012

The Griffith Insurance Education Foundation has awarded $15,000 in grant money to three universities to support their Risk Management and Insurance (RMI) programs.

Arcadia University, Ohio Northern University and Western New England University each received grant money to support the development of new risk management and insurance programs.

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IN THE WORKPLACE, WHAT DO MILLENNIALS WANT?

June 11, 2012

INSURANCE JOURNAL
By Stephanie K. Jones

There’s a lot of talk in property/casualty insurance circles these days about how the industry is going to replace the huge wave of baby boomers that are beginning to retire and will continue to do so into the next decade.

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THE GRIFFITH INSURANCE EDUCATION FOUNDATION HOSTED SEMINAR SERIES FOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF

May 22, 2012

The Principles of Risk Management and Insurance Course Held on April 16, 30, May 7 and 21 in Washington, D.C.  A total of 150 staff members from both the House and Senate participated in the seminar series.

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THE INSTITUTES AND THE GRIFFITH INSURANCE EDUCATION FOUNDATION PURSUE FORMAL AFFILIATION

April 26, 2012

The Institutes and The Griffith Insurance Education Foundation are pursuing a formal affiliation to be effective May 1, 2012. The Institutes’ Board of Trustees and The Griffith Foundation’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved the initiation of an affiliation based on the complementary nature of the strategic initiatives of both organizations.

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THE GRIFFITH INSURANCE EDUCATION FOUNDATION SEEKS TO FUEL INDUSTRY EXPANSION THROUGH SCHOLARSHIPS – over $30,000 awarded to twenty-six students at seven schools

March 5, 2012

The Griffith Insurance Education Foundation, which has promoted insurance and risk management education since 1947, has awarded $31,700 in scholarships to twenty-six students at seven colleges and universities. The scholarships support students studying risk management, insurance or actuarial science.

“Every academic year these scholarships ensure a rich talent pool for the industry going forward,” said Jason Terrell, The Griffith Foundation’s Director of Education. The Foundation’s own research has shown increased pressure to fill career demand in the industry. Terrell cited The Semi-Annual Insurance Labor Market Study released this month by The Jacobson Group and Ward Group as another indicator that continued promotion of the field is needed to prevent talent gaps. The study contends that insurance industry employment is set to grow at the fastest rate since the recession began, with 50% of all insurance companies planning to increase staff during the next 12 months. The study notes that the projected surge will be driven primarily by increased business volume.

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STATE LEGISLATORS AND REGULATORS RECEIVE REINSURANCE EDUCATION

March 1, 2012

Thirty-three legislators and regulators from 16 different states know more about reinsurance after attending a February workshop presented by The Griffith Insurance Education Foundation during the National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) 2012 Spring Meeting. Both the Griffith Foundation and NCOIL share a collective mission to provide insurance education to legislators nationwide so that policymakers can make better informed decisions on insurance issues that affect their constituents.

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LEGISLATORS GAIN INSIGHT AT INSURANCE EDUCATION SEMINAR

February 17, 2012

Over 90% of both Louisiana State House & Senate Insurance Committee members attended a Griffith Insurance Education Foundation seminar mid-February in Baton Rouge intended to provide  a non-partisan overview of important insurance and risk management concepts.

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GRIFFITH INSURANCE EDUCATION FOUNDATION NAMES NEW TRUSTEES

February 10, 2012

The Griffith Insurance Education Foundation, promoting insurance and risk management education since 1947, has named two new trustees: James Clay, Westfield Group Leader and CEO, Westfield Insurance; and Noelle Codispoti, Executive Director, Gamma Iota Sigma.

“We’re extremely appreciative of the insight both offer,” said Eschol Curl, Griffith’s Interim President and CEO and VP of Operations for State Farm Insurance Companies prior to his retirement. “They’re joining an impressive group of 43 other high profile industry professionals on our board of trustees. Along with our officers and executive slate, the trustees helped Griffith accomplish an incredible amount this past year.”

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DOES YOUR LEGISLATOR UNDERSTAND YOU?

December 20, 2011

Property Casualty 360 | Agent and Broker

By Representative George J. Keiser, ND

38 mayors, 24 health care professionals, including veterinarians, dieticians and pharmacists; three organic farmers, three ranchers, three vintners, two former pro athletes, six scientists, five accountants, four ministers, four sheriffs.

Throw in a mountain guide, an auto worker, coroner, shellfish specialist, tugboat captain, driving instructor, auctioneer, toll booth collector, cosmetics salesperson and iron worker.  Fill out the roster with even more diverse occupations and you’ve just assembled the current 111th Congress.

Not an insurance professional among them.

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INDUSTRY DIPS TOE INTO THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH

October 7, 2011

Property Casualty 360 | Education and Training

By Sam J. Friedman

Can the insurance industry overcome a poor reputation, a scattering of resources and the lack of a compelling, unified message to dramatically improve the recruitment and retention of young talent?

That was the gauntlet thrown down before a wide array of insurance professionals and eager risk management students at the recent “Insurance Education and Career Summit.”

The three-day event in Atlanta, billed as “a collaborative effort to engage the next generation,” felt a bit like a 110-person-strong focus group at first. A facilitator led a lively debate over the crux of the challenge and how the industry might work together to overcome it. We were divided into diverse teams, tackled individual issues, shared our observations and recommendations with the full group, and then came to a consensus.

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STUDENTS AT AN INSURANCE MEETING? BELIEVE IT

October 6, 2011

Property Casualty 360 | Agent and Broker

By Laura Mazzuca Toops

In my 20-something years of writing about the insurance industry, I’ve been to plenty of conferences, and it always amazes me how little these events seem to have changed. Although overhead projectors have been replaced by laptop Power Point presentations, the dress is slightly more casual and there are usually more women and people of color, the general tenor is usually the same: high-level industry professionals talking about a problem on a macro level.

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INSURERS, ACADEMICS AND STUDENTS TACKLE “TALENT GAP”

September 28, 2011

Property Casualty 360 | Agent and Broker

By Laura Mazzuca Toops
More than 130 professionals representing insurers, trade associations, higher education and research are meeting in Atlanta this week to brainstorm ways the insurance industry can attract, train and retain the next generation of leaders.

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COLLABORATION IS KEY TO INDUSTRY’S TALENT GAP CONVERSATION

September 23, 2011

Property Casualty 360

By Demmie Hicks

For years, we in the insurance industry have had a problem but few solutions. The problem is we are all getting older; agents, adjusters and analysts are hitting their retirement years in record numbers.

To compound matters, college graduates don’t seem interested in a career in insurance. Too many people are leaving and too few are entering the field. You don’t have to be an actuary to see this is a problem.

Some of us have known for years that this is a problem. We’ve even talked about it on occasion, but we never made a concerted effort to come up with a solution.

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INSURERS SEEK THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH

September 14, 2011

Property Casualty 360 | Markets

By Sam J. Friedman

How might the insurance industry more-effectively recruit top college graduates and post-grads into the business?

That’s the challenge that confronts industry leaders assembling later this month for theInsurance Education and Career Summit, initiated by the Griffith Insurance Education Foundation. The Summit, to be held from Sept. 26-28 in Atlanta, will include insurance company and association executives, academics, service providers and other parties involved with the industry.

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THE NEXT GENERATION

September 2011

Risk Management Magazine

By Emily Holbrook

The industry has been working to address this talent gap, however. This year, the Griffith Foundation for Insurance Education will launch the first annual Insurance Education and Career Summit — an event aimed at bringing together risk management and insurance executives from a wide range of industries. Held in Atlanta from September 26-28, the summit’s goal is to identify the primary barriers to attracting talent while at the same time developing potential risk management and insurance leaders of tomorrow. The foundation hopes to emulate a similar effort by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, which led to a 30% increase in accounting majors over five years and an 83% increase in the number of direct-from-school hires made by CPA firms.

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SUMMIT CALLS ON NEXT GENERATION FOR IDEAS, INPUT

August 17, 2011

Acord Headlines and News

It takes one to know one. The insurance industry needs to learn how to attract the next generation of insurance recruits and The Griffith Insurance Education Foundation hopes inviting the future insurance industry “thought leaders” to their groundbreaking conference just may do the trick. Registration is currently underway for the Insurance Education and Career Summit scheduled for September 26-28 at the University of Georgia’s, Terry Executive Education Center in Atlanta.

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GEN Y RECRUITING: WHY IT ISN’T WORKING

MAY 12, 2011

American Agent and Broker

By Jason Terrell

Four years ago, I started digging into the issue of attracting new talent to the insurance industry. Two things became clear early on. First, a lot of great initiatives have been formed around this issue from every sector of the industry. Second, it’s not working.

This issue is crucial to the success of our industry. According to a Deloitte study, the majority of underwriters, adjusters and sales agents are 40 or older. Also, between 2004 and 2014, the property-casualty industry will need to fill almost 25,000 underwriting jobs and 85,000 claims positions.

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FOR RECRUITING, INDUSTRY NEEDS TO BE ON THE SAME PAGE

April 21, 2011

Property Casualty 360 | Agent and Broker

By Laura Mazzuca Toops

Anyone who’s a regular reader of our magazine–most recently in the January 2011 cover story, “Avoid the retirement steamroller with young recruits”–knows we’re invested in promoting insurance as a viable career path for the next generations.

And we’re not alone. For years now, we’ve been highlighting the efforts of everyone from trade association young agent groups, carriers and everyone in between to attract, promote and retain Gen Yers.

Unfortunately, all these great efforts, considered individually, might just be as effective as chipping away at a mountain with a toothpick.

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