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Networks Financial Institute hosts forum on industry insurance and regulatory challenges

October 13, 2015

Indiana State University's Networks Financial Institute will host the "Property and Casualty Insurance Forum: Insuring the Future and Beyond" in Indianapolis on Oct. 23.

Organized in partnership with the Insurance Institute of Indiana, the forum will run from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Columbia Club and will include discussions on the insurance and regulatory challenges in the areas of unmanned systems, telematics, cybersecurity and transportation networks. State lawmakers on insurance committees will also share insight on how government is dealing with these challenges at the state level.

"The last two conferences were geared toward (the Affordable Care Act), so we're changing it up and going toward topics in property and casualty insurance and looking at hot topics in those areas," said Rebecca Wray, director of the Networks Financial Institute.

The speakers, who will discuss issues from drones to technologies that transmit data to cybersecurity and the issues that have developed out of the growth of transportation networks that use personal vehicles for commercial use, include:

• Craig Andrews - business insurance product development officer for State Auto Insurance Companies

• Richard Baker - director of Indiana State's unmanned systems program
• Robin Harbage - director at Towers Watson

• State Rep. Christiana Hale, D-Indianapolis - ranking minority member on the House Insurance Committee

• State Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Indianapolis - chair of the Senate Insurance and Financial Institutions Committee

• State Rep. Matt Lehman, R-Berne - chair of the House Insurance Committee

• Stephanie Dingman - vice president, Aon Risk Solutions

• Cody Olsen - broker, Aon Risk Solutions

• Kathleen Rice - legal counsel for Faegre Baker Daniels

About a dozen Indiana State insurance students are expected to have the opportunity to attend the conference, which is also open to students in insurance programs at Ball State and Butler universities.

"For the students, this is an opportunity to hear issues in these different areas and how they are impacting the insurance industry," Wray said. "I hope (the forum) allows all of the attendees to walk away with new perspectives on the insurance issues happening in these areas today and in the future."

The event is open to the public, but registration is required. Registration is available at

Contact: Rebecca Wray, director, Networks Financial Institute, Indiana State University,

Writer: Betsy Simon, media relations assistant director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-7972 or