Walsh Duffield Presents: 2021 Summer School

Summer School

Educational Webinar Series

Grab your headphones and an ice cold glass of water – Walsh Duffield’s Summer School educational webinar series is here!  Join us as we host a series of subject matter experts throughout July and August to speak on some of the hottest topics surrounding insurance, employee benefits and challenges we are facing due to the pandemic.

We hope that you will join us for the webinar topics that are of interest to you.  Please register using the links below for each session.


Benefit Trends/State of the Marketplace

Presented by: Michael Conroy, Vice President, Group Benefits Director – Walsh Duffield Companies, Inc.
Thursday, July 15th – 11am

The pandemic has unquestionably reshaped the benefits industry over the past year, teaching us significant lessons along the way. But what does the future hold? In view of the uncertainty that still exists in the workforce, there are many employee benefit considerations for those in HR and leadership. In this presentation, Michael Conroy, VP and Group Benefits Director at Walsh Duffield, will review the most relevant benefit topics and trends for employers.


COVID-19 Update for the WNY Business Community

Presented by: Gale Burstein, MD, MPH, FAAP – Commissioner of Health, Erie County Department of Health
Thursday, July 22nd – 11am

Within this presentation the ECDOH Commissioner of Health will discuss the COVID-19 pandemic and Erie County’s response. Dr. Burstein will share best practices and safety precautions to help businesses keep their clients, customers and employees safe as businesses continue to open and regulations change. In addition, she will discuss any recent developments within the community and address questions from webinar attendees.


Addressing Mental Health in the Workplace

Presented by: Melinda DuBois, Executive Director, Mental Health Advocates of WNY
Thursday, July 29th – 11am

Slowly the conversation around mental health is becoming less stigmatized, but it is still a challenging topic to address in the workplace. In this presentation, Melinda DuBois will provide insight and tips on how to address and support employees’ mental health and wellbeing at the individual and organizational level.


LIVE: Cyber Risks, Trends and Response

Presented by: Tara B. Monaghan, Esq, Claim Counsel – Travelers Insurance
Tuesday, August 3rd – 11am

This presentation will first cover cyber risks, threats and the evolution of cyber crimes. We will also cover cyber claim trends, including recent ransomware trends. Next, we will discuss our cyber claim process and incident response, as well as cost drivers.
*Live presentation only, will not be available on-demand or distributed after the event


LIVE: Leadership Strategies for the Rapidly Changing Workforce

Presented by: Felicia Jones, Organizational Development Manager – Walsh Duffield Companies, Inc.
Tuesday, August 10th – 11am

The past year and half has significantly impacted the workplace. As we look to the future, we will need to adapt and evolve our leadership strategies to reflect the ongoing changes. In this session, we will focus on how those in leadership roles can support employees and increase engagement.
*Live presentation only, will not be available on-demand or distributed after the event


Recreational Marijuana and Workplace Safety

Presented by: John Coniglio, PhD Managing Director – OSEA, Inc.
Tuesday, August 17th – 11am

With the legalization of recreational marijuana in New York State, there are new factors to consider to maintain a safe work environment.  Join us to discuss the impact of this change and steps you can take to ensure workplace safety for your whole team.


Retirement Plans in a Post-pandemic World

Presented by: Lisa M. Petronio, CPFA, RICP® – Vice President, Retirement Plan Solutions, Walsh Duffield Companies, Inc.
Tuesday, August 24th – 11am

The pandemic has shined a light on the financial fragility of our workers.

  • What lessons can be learned from the pandemic?
  • How can we take action for a better future?
  • What are post-pandemic retirement plan trends?


Legislative Updates

Presented by: Frank Kerbein, Director, Center for Human Resources – The Business Council of New York State, Inc.
Tuesday, August 31st – 11am

The last year has brought about enormous change in all aspects, but particularly in employee leave laws.  We’ll look at all the new HR laws and regulations that apply to your company and talk compliance strategies. In addition, we will look at the regulations to come as well as the impact of Legalized Cannabis on your company.