Postponement of 2020 Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference

Industry Responses To the Postponement

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

 

General

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Why did WCI postpone the 2020 Conference?
With the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our industry, postponing the conference was the best option for the health and safety of our attendees, sponsors and friends.

What do I do about my hotel reservation?
2020 hotel reservations will be cancelled for you. Please do not contact the Marriott World Center. WCI will be managing the 2021 room block and has incentives available for sponsors, exhibitors and attendees who are willing to roll over their participation to the 2021 Conference. Please see the sponsor, exhibitor and attendee sections below for specific details.

Will the educational sessions from WCI 2020 be made available online?
With the postponement of this year’s conference due to these trying times, our challenge is to continue to provide the very best educational offerings. One way we plan to accomplish this mission is by virtually hosting several of the programs that were planned for this year’s conference in collaboration with sponsoring companies. Future virtual offerings will include sessions such as the Industry Keynote, Caselaw Update, Medicare Townhall featuring a Medicare Specialist from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in Baltimore, Multi-State Breakout, the 5-Hour Course for adjusters, and more. Keep an eye on our website, social media, and WCI Weekly newsletter for more details to follow soon!

Attendees & Speakers

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WCI will automatically roll over your paid registration to the 2021 conference. As an incentive for rolling over your registration, we will help you arrange your 2021 hotel reservation. Shirley Kendall will email you details and will help make those 2021 arrangements for you. If you are unable to roll over your registration to 2021, please contact Shirley Kendall for assistance.

Sponsors

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We will transfer all sponsorships to the 2021 conference. To show our appreciation for supporting us during this time, we are adding the following benefits to you.

Transfer of funds to 2021 will include:

  • 20% discount on your sponsorship(s) and booth for 2021 and 2022 Conferences.
  • Guaranteed 2021 hotel reservations at the Orlando World Center Marriott for your company (see instructions below).
  • Ad in WCI Weekly (submit your ad to Cathy Bowman – 160 X 133 pixels in a jpg format).
  • Complimentary 24” X 24” floor sign in the aisle directly in front of your booth for 2021 Conference.
  • Featured sponsor highlight (story and interview) on our website, WCI Weekly and social media for Elite, Platinum and Prime Sponsors.
  • Promotion in WCI Virtual Sessions. Details coming soon.

We would truly appreciate your support during this time, but if you are unable to transfer your sponsorship over to 2021, contact Cathy Bowman for assistance.

Sponsor Hotel Reservations: When you transfer with us to 2021, your current room reservations/blocks will transfer with you for the same days at the new dates, August 22 – 25, 2021. You will need to confirm with Cathy Bowman the block, or the names on your current reservations on or before June 15, 2020. WCI will communicate with the Marriott to ensure the transfer is confirmed. Once this is complete, you will receive a cancellation for your 2020 reservation and a new reservation confirmation for the 2021 conference. All other rooms will be released. Please do not contact the hotel directly as they are unable to move any reservations over to the 2021 conference without this information coming directly from WCI. If you did not have rooms booked, but will be in need of rooms, we may be able to accommodate your room needs now. Email Cathy Bowman directly to get your 2021 rooms reserved and confirmed. Again, please do not contact the Marriott directly, as WCI is managing the 2021 room block in the interim for our sponsors and exhibitors to ensure your needs are met.

Exhibitors

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We will transfer all exhibit booth reservations to the 2021 conference. To show our appreciation, we are adding the following benefits to you for supporting us during this time.

Transfer of funds to 2021 will include:

  • 20% discount on your booth for the 2021 and 2022 conferences.
  • Guaranteed 2021 hotel reservations at the Orlando World Center Marriott for your company (see instructions below).
  • Ad in WCI Weekly (submit your ad to Cathy Bowman – 160 X 133 pixels in a jpg format).
  • Complimentary 24” X 24” floor sign in the aisle directly in front of your booth for 2021 Conference.

We would truly appreciate your support during this time, but if you are unable to transfer your booth over to 2021, contact Cathy Bowman for assistance.

Exhibitor Hotel Reservations: When you transfer with us to 2021, your current room reservations/blocks will transfer with you for the same days at the new dates, August 22 – 25, 2021. You will need to confirm with Cathy Bowman the block, or the names on your current reservations on or before June 15, 2020. WCI will communicate with the Marriott to ensure the transfer is confirmed. Once this is complete, you will receive a cancellation for your 2020 reservation and a new reservation confirmation for the 2021 conference. All other rooms will be released. Please do not contact the hotel directly as they are unable to move any reservations over to the 2021 conference without this information coming directly from WCI. If you did not have rooms booked, but will be in need of rooms and transferring your registration with us to 2021, we may be able to accommodate your room needs now. Email Cathy Bowman directly to get your 2021 rooms reserved and confirmed. Again, please do not contact the Marriott directly, as WCI is managing the 2021 room block in the interim for our sponsors and exhibitors to ensure your needs are met.

Planning for 2021

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When will I be able to register for 2021?
WCI will transfer over 2020 conference registrations and will still accept registrations for the 2021 conference.

When can I make hotel reservations for the 2021 conference?
Current sponsors, exhibitors and attendees who are able to support us by transferring registrations to 2021 may contact WCI to ensure their room reservations for 2021. For all others, a link will be sent out for new 2021 hotel reservations in a few months.

Who may I contact with questions?

Cathy Bowman will assist sponsors, exhibitors and advertisers – 850-425-8186 or cathy@wci360.com.

Shirley Kendall will assist attendees and speakers – 850-425-8156 or shirley@wci360.com.

Kathy Shelton will assist with all questions and concerns – 850-425-8116 or kathy@wci360.com.

Industry Responses To the Postponement

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  • “Publix Risk Management was disappointed to learn about the postponement of the 2020 Workers Compensation Education Conference, but we understand the circumstances. We look forward to the resumption of the Conference in 2021 and plan on continuing our support as a Prime Sponsor. Also, as we have done in prior years, we will continue to attend the Conference in force. The WCEC is not only the largest workers compensation conference in the Country, but it is the only conference where adjusters, claims managers, defense lawyers, claimants lawyers, insurers, service and medical providers can gather to discuss the issues facing all of us in the workers compensation community. We will miss this community come August, but Publix retains our commitment to the community and the Conference which anchors and supports it.” – Marc H. Salm, Vice President Risk Management at Publix Super Markets, Inc.
  • “Like so many others, Walmart Claims Services was saddened to learn that the 2020 Workers’ Compensation Education Conference has been postponed. This annual conference is the premier event for the Workers’ Compensation Community – one that we all look forward to each year. No other event offers the depth and breadth of diversity in education, networking, and collaboration – while bringing together so many valued perspectives for the betterment of the Workers’ Compensation Community.
     
    While we are disappointed, Walmart Claims Services stands by the difficult decision to postpone this year’s conference as the health and safety of the conference attendees is the highest priority. WCS remains committed to the 2021 Conference and will continue its longstanding tradition as a strong ally and participant, now and in the future.” – Michele Adams, Vice President of Risk Management Operations & Casualty Claims at Walmart Claim Services
  • “The annual WCI Educational Conference brings the industry together like few other events. Each year, we appreciate the top-flight educational sessions, the unmatched interaction with thought leaders, and the opportunity to contribute to the character of the industry through WCI’s special relationship with Give Kids the World. We plan for, and look forward to, WCI every year. But, in these unprecedented times, we appreciate WCI’s prudent decision to stay apart, and to postpone the 2020 Educational Conference until August 2021. This decision demonstrates the judgment, partnership, and character synonymous with WCI. We stand with the organization and look forward to next year’s events with renewed anticipation. Stay safe, stay well, stay connected, and we’ll see you in 2021.” -Gregory McKenna, SVP, Director of Communication at Gallagher Bassett
  • “Workers’ Compensation Institute has been one of my favorite industry events for many years. The depth of their educational program is unmatched and they provide an excellent educational and networking event at a very reasonable cost. Jim and Steve are wonderful to work with!” – Mark Walls, VP Communications & Strategic Analysis at Safety National
  • “We look forward to continuing our sponsorship in 2021 and thank you for your thoughtful decision. We will miss seeing everyone and wish good health and stay safe until we come together again.” – Sedgwick
  • “We’re sorry to see one of our favorite events of the year postponed, but know that the team @wci360 made the best decision for everyone’s safety. We look forward to the possibility of virtual sessions this summer, and are ready to go for August, 2021. #WCI” – Paradigm
  • “I had the dates circled on my calendar but safety comes first…See you in 2021!”
  • “That is a shame…but understandable.”
  • “Understand and thank you for keeping everyone safe.”
  • “It’s the right decision. This is a great event and I’m very much looking forward to participating next year!”
  • “It had to be done, don’t apologize. We thank you for keeping us safe!”
  • “We thank @wci360 for their commitment to the health and safety of attendees, sponsors, speakers and exhibitors. Cadence Rx is looking forward to seeing everyone in 2021!”
  • “This is the appropriate decision to make. Kudos for being decisive and timely. Looking forward to attending this great event in 2021.”
  • “Looking forward to reuniting in 2021. #WCI2021”
  • “Hard to believe @wci360 is postponed @Marriott – but stay tuned for virtual content”
  • “We know this was a hard decision to make. We appreciate all that you do for the workers’ comp community and we look forward to seeing everyone next year!”

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