On October 8, we're bringing together leading experts from the fields of weather sciences, risk analysis, insurance, community planning, government, urban engineering and disaster prevention for a one-day forum looking at the Northeast region in light of events like Sandy and other severe weather systems.

We'll begin this important conversation with keynote speaker Alice C. Hill, Senior Advisor for Preparedness and Resilience to the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, National Security Council Staff, White House.

Our moderators and speakers for this one-day forum include:

  • Chester Arnold, Associate Director, Center for Land Use Education and Research, University of Connecticut
  • Debra Ballen, General Counsel and Senior Vice President, Public Policy, Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety
  • Juliana Barrett, Ph.D., Associate Extension Educator, CT Sea Grant College Program, University of Connecticut
  • Rachel Cleetus, Senior Climate Economist, Climate and Energy Program, Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Curtis Fisher, Regional Executive Director, Conservation Programs, Northeast Regional Center, National Wildlife Federation
  • Dr. Ian Giammanco, Lead Meteorologist, Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety
  • Jessica Grannis, Adaptation Program Manager, Georgetown Climate Center
  • Katherine Greig, Senior Policy Advisor, Climate Change and Insurance, NYC Mayor's Office of Recovery and Resiliency
  • Ethan Handelman, Vice President for Policy and Advocacy, National Housing Conference
  • Bradley Kading, President and Executive Director, Association of Bermuda Insurers & Reinsurers
  • David Marra, SVP and Chief Underwriting Officer - Casualty & Specialty, RenaissanceRe
  • Bill Read, Former Director of the National Hurricane Center
  • Tim Smail, Senior Vice President for Engineering and Technical Programs, Federal Alliance for Safe Homes
  • Adam Sobel, Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences, Applied Physics & Applied Mathematics, Columbia University
  • Brian Swett, Chief of Environment and Energy, City of Boston
  • Craig Tillman, President, WeatherPredict Consulting & RenaissanceRe Risk Sciences Foundation
  • Shana Udvardy, Climate Adaptation Policy Analyst, Center for Clean Air Policy
  • Link Walther, Vice President, National Hazard Mitigation Association



Register now and secure a special $155 rate at the
Stamford Marriott Hotel. Reference: RenRe. There is no
registration fee for this event but spaces are limited.


The Past Forums section of this website provides
information on our previous forums.

"Focusing on Disaster Costs Before Rather Than After They Happen", by Andrea Wells, Insurance Journal – August 6, 2014
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"5 ways contractors are building more disaster-resistant homes", by Laura Mazzuca Toops, PropertyCasualty360.com – July 30, 2014
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"U.S. coastal flooding on the rise, government study finds", by Ryan McNeill, Reuters – July 28, 2014
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"The USGS Coastal Change Hazards Portal shows changing sea levels, retreating shorelines and vulnerability to extreme coastal storms", by Patrick Ochs, The Sun Herald – July 28, 2014
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"Protecting NJ from the Next Sandy: Opinion", by Jane Bullock & Damon Coppola, NJ.com – July 25, 2014
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"Congress mulls various measures targeting disaster mitigation and resilience", by Mark A. Hofmann, Business Insurance – July 20, 2014
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"Flooding could be worse but these fixes worked", by MPR News, The Bemidji Pioneer – July 3, 2014
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"Morganza to the Gulf factors into storm protection", by Shell Armstrong, Tri-Parish Times – June 12, 2014
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"Building Codes: The Foundation for Resilience", by Leslie Chapman-Henderson & Audrey K. Rierson, J.D. – May 1, 2014
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