Ethics: 2021 Conference Speakers

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Ethics Empowers

Wednesday, March 24th, 2021

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Rick Ainsworth

Relations and Staff Development Manager at Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance

Rick AinsworthMr. Ainsworth has spent over 40 years in the Casualty Insurance business. Starting as a Field Claim representative, he worked his way through various management positions to Director of Claims for Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance.  For the last ten years, as Manager of Relations and Staff Development, he has focused on developing a long term succession program for the Farm Bureau claims department.  In addition he is a registered lobbyist in Indiana and represents his company’s interest at the Indiana statehouse.    Mr. Ainsworth has earned the CPCU, AIC and AIM designations along with holding a Masters degree from Indiana University.

10:00 am - Developing Your Own Ethical Leadership Plan

Todd Bess

Executive Director at Indiana Association of School Principals

Todd BessDr. Todd Bess is the Executive Director for the Indiana Association of School Principals and has served in both building and central office administrator roles. A graduate of DePauw University, Dr. Bess began his teaching career as a mathematics teacher, then earning his Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Purdue University and his Ph.D. from Indiana State University. In 2010 Dr. Bess became the IASP Associate Director, and in 2012 was elevated to the Executive Director position. At IASP, Todd has the opportunity to serve over 3100 building administrators by offering Professional Development and Advocacy, and supporting their daily work. In his tenure at IASP, the association has seen their membership rise 50% and their conferences now exceed 1200 annual registrations. Dr. Bess serves as adjunct faculty for Ball State University as he supervises principal interns, and has served as an adjunct professor in the Department of Educational Leadership for Indiana State University. Recently the Bayh College of Education at Indiana State University named Dr. Bess as their Distinguished Alumni through the College of Graduate Studies. Dr. Bess and his wife, Tonya, a school counselor at Sheridan Middle School have four children and spend their time following their professional, athletic, and musical activities.

11:00 am - Building Ethical Leadership

Jake Brown

Indiana Attorney

Jake BrownJake is a licensed attorney in the State of Indiana with a passion for large scale sports and events. Jake is a graduate of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. He spent over 5 years working at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the Premium Services team focusing on suite/hospitality sales and service and event planning and execution as well as creating and implementing client development and retention strategies. Jake's research in law school focused on the regulation of sports gambling after the United States Supreme Court paved the way for state-by-state legalization.

10:00 am - Place Your Bets!: A Look into How New Jersey Changed the Sports Gambling Landscape in Indiana and Across the Country

Anne Fischgrund

Promoter and Media Partner Relations Senior Manager at INDYCAR

Anne FischgrundAnne Fischgrund graduated from Indiana University Bloomington (IU) in 2010. During her time at IU, Anne was heavily involved with the IU Student Foundation, planning The Little 500, and held leadership positions within her sorority. After graduation, Anne interned with Red Frog Events in Chicago before joining INDYCAR in 2011.

During her time at INDYCAR, Anne has held positions in Marketing, Media, Special Events and Promoter Relations. Currently, Anne is the Sr. Manager of Promoter and Media Partner Relations. While in this role, Anne works on the day to day operations, communications and event schedule with racetrack Promoters and International Broadcast partners.

INDYCAR is the premier open wheel racing series in North America, racing 17 times a year including the Indianapolis 500. With innovation and technology, INDYCAR race cars can reach speeds of 240 mph. INDYCAR features racing at a combination of superspeedways, shot ovals, road courses and temporary street circuits throughout the season.

11:00 am - Live Sporting Events vs COVID-19

Pamela Malone

Innovation, Strategy, and Engagement Professional

Pamela MaloneDr. Pamela Malone is a business professional, speaker, educator, author, entrepreneur, and advocate. Her career includes experiences in public and private sectors, particularly in the areas of  leadership, strategy, engagement, training/education, and innovation. She serves various roles with local, national, and international organizations, and supports stakeholders working together to find ethical solutions for real-world challenges. Pamela passionately promotes the intentional, ethical development of people, processes, and products for individual and organizational excellence.

10:00 am - From Bystander to Beacon: Ethical, Empowered Leadership

Megan Miller

Executive Director, Spencer Educational Foundation

Megan MillerMegan Miller is the Executive Director of the Spencer Educational Foundation, a 41-year-old non-profit whose mission is to fund the education of tomorrow’s risk management and insurance leaders.  No stranger to the industry, Megan worked for 16 years in various technical and sales roles at large Property & Casualty companies.  Concurrent to this professional experience, Megan has been an avid fundraiser, traveling to Papua New Guinea, Cambodia, Tanzania, Malaysia, and India to work as a volunteer.  She also spearheaded fundraising to build a community center in Zambia.  Megan’s current role at the helm of Spencer allows her to merge her understanding of the insurance industry with her passion for a worthy cause.

Noon Keynote - Unity through Altruism – How Volunteering Your Time and Resources Brings Us Together and Fosters Equity

Chad Thompson

Corporate Human Resources General Manager at North American Lighting, Inc.

Chad ThompsonChad Thompson serves as the Corporate General Manager of Human Resources at North American Lighting (NAL) in Paris, Illinois. He leads the strategy and development for NAL in the areas of HR, Compliance, Talent Acquisition, Training/Development and Safety. North American Lighting is a member of the Japan-based Koito Group of companies, and has been manufacturing automotive lighting systems for vehicle manufacturers since 1983. Today, they are the largest independent lighting supplier to automotive OEMs in North America. The company is made up of eight facilities and almost 6,000 employees while providing advanced lighting technology, engineering design expertise, and state-of-the-art production capabilities to the auto industry. Chad previously led the Human Resources, Training/Development, Information Technology and Procurement Departments at Heartland Dental. He also served as Compliance Officer and implemented the company’s first compliance program in 2007. Mr. Thompson recently completed a six year term on the Lake Land College Foundation Board. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from Blackburn College.  Chad resides in Effingham, IL with his wife and three children.  

11:00 am - Ethical Hiring and Employment Practices