It is with profound disappointment that the Board of Directors of the Workers’ Compensation Institute (WCI) has decided to postpone this year’s 75th Annual Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference. The new conference dates are August 22 – 25, 2021. This decision was not made lightly, but with great thought and concern for the health and safety of attendees, sponsors, speakers, exhibitors and friends of WCI. Many companies have instituted travel restrictions, and some states still remain under stay at home orders. Additionally, WCI greatly empathizes with the many in our community who have suffered personally and professionally from this virus. With the uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic still present, we have no alternative except to postpone the conference.
We have always taken our educational mission seriously and have provided quality programs for all stakeholders. Quite simply, we had a spectacular convention planned for you in 2020. All of the sessions and speakers were chosen, and the program was ready to print. Now, we have a very substantial head start for delivering our best event in 2021.
If you are a registered attendee, speaker, sponsor or exhibitor, please review our below Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) pertaining to incentives for rolling over registrations to 2021.
One big change that we had planned for 2020 was the addition of a major Cybersecurity Breakout scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, August 19 & 20, 2020. Significantly, this recent addition is going to continue live because of the urgency of getting cybersecurity information out to the workers’ compensation community and beyond. Our cybersecurity sessions will explain the newly created Federal Standards for cybersecurity for those companies doing business in the expanded industry supply chain. Many companies within the workers’ compensation community and beyond are not aware of the new standards and will not be certified without understanding those requirements. We are very excited about these sessions and know that you will be too. This is the only portion of the 2020 Convention that will continue live from the Marriott at the scheduled time. Please visit wci360.com/cyber for details and you will be receiving additional information from WCI about this portion of the conference shortly.
It is also our plan to continue the support of children and families who participate in Give Kids the World (GKTW). The children that are a part of the GKTW experience are extremely vulnerable to the possible adverse effects of the COVID-19 virus and because of this, the village campus has been closed. When it is re-opened, we will be there to help and coordinate volunteer plans and alternative fundraising efforts.
Thank you for your continued support of WCI. We look forward to navigating a new future together at the conference in 2021. WCI will continue to communicate and provide updates through the WCI website, social media, and email to remain in frequent contact during this unique time. The virus may have “slowed us down a little”, but it will not stop us from being the premier source of information on all aspects of the workers’ compensation industry.
FAQ: Postponement of 2020 Conference