IAIABC 105th Convention to "Rewire" Thinking about Workers' Compensation
The IAIABC 105th Convention, October 21-24, 2019, has an agenda jam-packed with workers’ compensation policy and regulatory sessions, meetings, and forums. The theme of the Convention is “Rewire,” as we look to rewire our thinking about workers’ compensation as well as embrace the location of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which has rewired itself into a major technology hub.
The 105th Convention keynote presenter, Mr. Bill Strickland, founder and executive chairman of Manchester Bidwell, will speak to “The Art of Leadership and the Business of Social Change.” Mr. Bill Strickland will share his insights into leadership, hope, and social change through the lens of his experiences growing up in Pittsburgh’s low-income neighborhood to lecturing at Harvard and joining the board of the National Endowment of the Arts. Attendees will hear his powerful statements about leading people to appreciate their own intelligence, experience, and talents and use them to have a successful life.
The full Convention program will also include many sessions on workers’ compensation policy, regulatory, and administrative topics, such as:
•Changing the story of work disability
•Dispute resolution data standardization
•Building a patient-centric system
•Global future of workers’ compensation
•Medical management of post-traumatic stress disorder
•The future of health and safety in the workplace
•Modernizing the workers’ compensation organization
The IAIABC also looks forward to recognizing its eight 2019 IAIABC NextGen Award recipients during “A Conversation with the NextGen,” where the recipients share their thoughts on the workers’ compensation industry. During the Awards Luncheon, the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board, the 2019 IAIABC Excellence Award winner, will discuss their virtual hearings center.
Another highlight of the IAIABC Convention includes two open discussion forums, the Heads of Delegation and Associate Members’ Forum, and EDI Jurisdiction Forum. During the Heads of Delegation and Associate Members’ Forum, attendees will hear regulators from more than 40 jurisdictions discuss policy and legislative changes and challenges they are encountering. EDI Jurisdictional Forum attendees will hear EDI updates from jurisdictional agencies.
Convention attendees are welcome and encouraged to attend 14 different committee meetings, each specializing in a different area of workers’ compensation. Also included with Convention registration is the full-day IAIABC & NAWCJ Mediators’ Program, covering issues such as conflict de-escalation; pre-mediation preparation; mediating in good faith; and a mock mediation.