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ORANGE COUNTY, CA (March 21, 2011): Mihaylo College of Business and Economics (Mihaylo) and The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) are proud to announce the 2011 Insurance Forum: Shaping the Future will feature a panel of five outstanding executives. Held in partnership with the Center for Insurance Studies, the event will take place Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at California State University Fullerton from 1:00 to 2:30 pm. 

The panel of industry executives and experts spans the breadth of the industry.The distinguished panel includes Kenneth Cooley, Principal Consultant, State Senate Banking, Finance & Insurance Committee; James Morris,  President and CEO,  Pacific Life Insurance; Hank Watkins, President, Lloyd’s America; Davidson Pattiz, Executive Vice President, The Zenith; and Steve Scott, Vice President & General Manager, Anthem Blue Cross. The discussion will be moderated by Hank Watkins and will feature opening remarks by Dr. Anil Puri, Dean, Mihaylo College of Business and Economics. 

The afternoon’s program will take a critical look at the future of insurance, addressing key trends and challenges of the industry while highlighting the critical components  that will drive a successful future. Forum participants will come away with an awareness of what the broker, insurance company and consumer should anticipate in the coming year/s.

“We eagerly look forward to better understanding the opportunities, challenges and emerging trends that face our industry for 2011. We are extremely pleased to welcome our distinguished panel. They bring great knowledge and insight to what lies ahead for our industry here in California and at the national level”, comments Dr. Weili Lu, Director of the Center for Insurance Studies, California State University, Fullerton and Insurance Forum Chair.

“The Insuring the Children Forum is one of the many programs offered by the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation. These industry focused events unite insurance leaders for learning opportunities and contribute valuable funds to support the Foundations local community grants program,” notes Bill Ross, Chief Executive Officer of the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation.

Proceeds from the 2011 Insurance Forum will benefit scholars enrolled in the Center for Insurance Studies program at Cal State Fullerton, and regional nonprofits supported through the Foundation’s Insuring the Children program (ITC). A regional Southern California program of the IICF, ITC is dedicated to raising funds and awareness to fight child abuse and neglect. Since 2006, ITC has raised over $920,000 specifically directed towards Southern California nonprofit organizations focusing on child abuse prevention and education. 

For additional event information, including ticket sales and sponsorship opportunities, please contact the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation Office at (925) 280-8009 or contact@iicf.com.   

To learn more about either the Insuring the Children Program or the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation visit www.iicf.org or contact Mary Reynolds, Vice President of Programs and Administration, 925-280-8009; mreynolds@iicf.com.  

About the Center for Insurance Studies
Founded in 1998 through the efforts of the insurance industry and California State University, Fullerton, the Center for Insurance Studies has successfully developed into a well-established and innovative education and research center with close ties to the insurance industry and a fully developed curriculum on all aspects of actuary science, insurance marketing, and risk management and insurance.The Center has helped develop an undergraduate and MBA concentration in Risk Management and Insurance. Completely self-supported through industry contributions, the Center for Insurance Studies is, by enrollment, the largest and most active insurance education program west of the Mississippi.

About Mihaylo College of Business and Economics
Mihaylo College of Business and Economics is a nationally recognized and accredited business school. It offers a full range of business courses delivered by faculty members who integrate classroom education with best business practices, technology, award-winning research, functional applications and real-world experience.The largest business college in California, Mihaylo College is among just 28 percent of business schools nationwide to be accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.It is included in the Princeton Review’s 2011 issue of “Best 300 Business Schools,” a ranking based on each school’s students, physical environment, admissions requirements, teaching ratios and programs. It also was among the top 125 part-time MBA programs recognized by U.S. News & World Report.