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VCIA’s Virtual Conference: What’s Changing in the Digital Transition, and What Stays the Same

An all-digital experience offers some unique advantages over an in-person event, and could pave the way for more virtual learning opportunities going forward.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way people stay connected. Among the many disruptions it has wrought on normal life, the virus has forced the cancellation or postponement of several marquee insurance industry events — a big blow to a business in which players succeed or fail on the strength of their relationships.

Conferences provide a one-stop shop where attendees can learn new things, form new connections, foster old ones, and get business done. In the new world of remote work, these things are not impossible, but certainly much more difficult.

This year, the Vermont Captive Insurance Association faced a difficult decision regarding its own Annual Conference. Would its early August date fall beyond the timeline of social distancing mandates, or still pose a threat to the health and safety of attendees?

“Based on the information we had, it seemed that the right avenue for us was to go all in on the virtual conference,” said Rich Smith, President of the Vermont Captive Insurance Association. “We couldn’t wait another two, three or four weeks to see how things might look in August. We hit the ground running in order to make this the best captive conference of the year, albeit virtual.”

Here’s what will be different about this year’s all-virtual VCIA Annual Conference, and what remains the same.

To learn more about State of Vermont, please visit their website.

The State of Vermont, known as the “Gold Standard” of captive domiciles, is the leading onshore captive insurance domicile, with over 1,000 licensed captive insurance companies, including 48 of the Fortune 100 and 18 of the companies that make up the Dow 30.

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