Speaker Proposal Guidelines & FAQs for World Captive Forum 2025

The Business Insurance World Captive Forum, established in 1991, is a captive insurance conference known for the high-caliber educational content and meaningful networking opportunities. More than 500 attendees enjoy benefits such as educational sessions, roundtable discussions, exhibit hall, group and 1-on-1 networking opportunities and more.

Who Attends the Conference?

  •  Captive owners and those interested in forming a captive
  •  Captive managers
  •  Service providers
  •  Investment managers
  •  Reinsurers
  •  Domicile regulators and officials
  •  Brokers

Speaking at the 2025 Conference

We're interested in speakers from all disciplines of captive insurance. We are seeking engaged, exciting and passionate experts, practitioners, thought leaders, and solution providers with expertise in all areas of the captive insurance industry. 

Attendees are eager to learn from you and are an active and engaging audience. Each presentation should plan for a Q&A portion. 

With over 25 educational sessions, we are looking to make WCF25 a more diverse and inclusive program, featuring speakers who offer practical guidance and specific takeaways/lessons learned that will enable attendees to make immediate improvements in their own organizations. 

Speaker Benefits

While speaking positions are not paid, speakers will receive:

  • A discounted conference registration
  • Networking opportunities with captive insurance professionals from across the globe
  • Speaking time in an interactive setting with conference attendees
  • Professional photos
  • Access to all sessions, networking receptions, breaks and meals
  • A list of session attendees post-conference for continued engagement

Proposal Guidelines

  1. To be considered as a keynote or breakout session speaker, you must submit a proposal by Friday, August 16, 2024. 
  2. Your proposal should be tailored for either introductory-level (100 level) professionals new to the captive industry or advanced-level (300 level) professionals at the mid- to senior level.
  3. Proposals from agencies, consultants, vendors or suppliers are highly encouraged to include a client-based case study, the client must present on the panel. These proposals will be evaluated based on their unbiased, educational, informative and innovative content. Speakers should refrain from any elements that could be perceived as a sales pitch. 
  4. No more than two proposals per speaker. 
  5. Veteran speakers are welcome, but new material will be prioritized over past material. 
  6. Speaker bureaus and agencies: You may submit proposals on behalf of your clients. You must include all speaker information in the proposal. 

The committee receives a high number of quality proposals and due to the volume will not be able to respond personally to each submission. 

Selection Criteria

  • Speaker: The ideal speaker has significant experience and subject matter expertise in the topic proposed and can engage the audience with educational, insightful and focused content. 
  • Proposal: Ideal proposals are driven by real-life stories and insights are highly prioritized. Sessions should have clear objectives and actionable takeaways. 
  • Panel: A diverse speaker lineup delivers the greatest value to our attendees. Proposals that place high effort in diversity in their speakers will be prioritized. 
  • Topic: An ideal session addresses the most pressing issues regarding industry best practices, processes, infrastructure and strategy. Fresh, timely content that is coherent, interest-grabbing and delivers practical takeaways from real-world examples and/or case studies will be prioritized. 

Topic Areas of Interest 

  • The Basics of Captive Insurance 
  • Creating a Successful Captive Program
  • Foundational Strategies for Forming a Captive
  • Stop-loss Coverage
  • Captive Market Innovations
  • Employee Benefits
  • Property/Casualty
  • Captive Business Planning
  • Emerging Risks
  • Global and Multi-national Tax Considerations and Updates
  • Latin American Focused Market Introductions and Updates
  • Addressing the Talent Crisis
  • Exit Solution Strategies
  • Cost Saving Strategies
  • Long-term Care
  • Healthcare
  • Emerging AI and Cyber
  • Hard Market Tactics and Solutions
  • Regulatory Considerations and Trends

Rules of Engagement

If you are selected for the final program, you will receive a Speaker Agreement confirming your benefits and your commitment to the conference. 

  • You (and any proposed copresenters or panelists) must be available to speak anytime from February 5-7, 2025; all sessions are assigned a date/time at the discretion of the program team.

  • You are expected to cover the entirety of your assigned time slot and present the session as described in the agenda. Attendees will be evaluating you on how well your session related to the topic described in the agenda.

  • Speakers are selected, not companies. If you must withdraw from the program, Business Insurance reserves the right to replace the canceled session with a comparable topic and speaker from the wait list.

  • Each speaker will receive a discounted speaker rate of $495. The rate covers various meals, breaks and receptions. Travel arrangements and hotel accommodations are the responsibility of the speaker.

  • Speakers are expected to use the event PowerPoint template that will be available in the Speaker Portal (September 2024).