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“Houston, we have a problem!”
The Arkema Chemical Plant Fire and Explosion,
how Enterprise Risk Management and Environmental, Social and Governance intersect with Underwriting

Presenters: Jana Utter and Bryan T. Tedford
Moderator: Leah Heller 
June 23, 2021 at 2:00 PM ET


Risk awareness has become even more critical for any business that is going to survive in a post-COVID world. Learn how the ERM process effectively identifies risks and emerging issues to enable companies to adapt to changing dynamics and ensure readiness when disruption occurs. Hear how underwriters view risk exposure and consider risk mitigation strategies in the risk transfer equation. Find out what information to convey from your ERM program to the underwriter that will enhance confidence about the company's overall management and control of risks that leads to minimizing loss exposure. Learn from real-world examples of how ERM, underwriting, and risk transfer can work together to optimize capacity and affordability for both the underwriter and the insured. In recognition of our host city, virtual or live, we will draw upon history and lessons learned from the Great Chicago Fire to demonstrate ERM and underwriting principles..

Presented by the Underwriting and Risk Management and Loss Control Interest Groups and in collaboration with the Risk Management Society (RIMS) 

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Bryan Tedford, CPCU
Managing Director, Sales

Recently, Bryan has returned to the US and made a career change by joining bolt Solutions as Managing Director of Sales. bolt is a technology company that offers an exchange platform allowing insurance agents, brokers, wholesalers, and carriers to serve the insurance needs of their customers. bolt Solutions is creating new solutions to improve the efficiency of our industry and is now the largest insurance marketplace on the globe. He and his wife Audra live in Bonita Springs, FL and he enjoys golf, boating and spending time with his wife and two daughters.


Jana Utter
Vice President Enterprise Risk Management

Jana Utter serves as the Vice President of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) for Centene Corporation, a Fortune 50 multinational healthcare enterprise headquartered in St. Louis. She is responsible for ERM and managing Centene’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategy and reporting. Jana is also responsible for the Own Risk and Solvency Assessment and Corporate Governance Annual Disclosure reporting processes. She was directly involved in the implementation of the RSA Archer GRC Platform to support and further integrate regulatory and corporate compliance, ERM, security risk management, and third party governance processes company-wide. Prior to Centene, Jana held various compliance, risk, and insurance roles in the energy and financial technology services sectors. She also spent a number of years as a natural gas trader in Houston.


Leah L. Heller, CPCU

Leah joined CapSpecialty January 2018 as a Senior Construction Risk Specialist. Leah has extensive experience in commercial underwriting and compliance which includes development of coverage forms, guidelines, training, & underwriting audits, working with AIG in NY, then relocated to California, Crum & Forster, Colony, and C.N.A. Leah’s personal accomplishments include an MBA degree and the CPCU designation. Leah is currently a CPCU Underwriting Interest Group Committee Member, Awards Recognition Program Coordinator, moderated webinars, a CPCU Annual Meeting panelist for the Sharing Economy seminar and co-authored a research paper entitled Risk Management Implications of the Sharing Economy.