National Workers Compensation and Disability Conference

presented by Risk & Insurance

National Comp Virtual Conference 
and Ongoing Digital Series 2020

Our Oct. 21 Virtual One-Day Conference is now available
on-demand. Register now to attend our Ongoing Digital Session Series throughout the year.


2020 National Comp Digital Program

Oct. 21: One-Day Virtual Event

Our special one-day event began with a dynamic leadership panel on The 5 Most Critical Challenges Facing Workers' Comp in the COVID Era. We also featured a presentation from the Teddy Awards Excellence in Action series, a panel tackling the industry's talent risks, and informative sessions on legislative trends, RTW and behavioral health.

Ongoing Digital Session Series

Our Ongoing Digital Session Series , presented throughout the coming year up until our 2021 event, will offer informative presentations from engaging speakers on managing behavioral health concerns, maximizing legal spend, leveraging the biopsychosocial model, exploring telehealth and sports medicine models and much more.


We've expanded our program with a new offering — CompTalks, a platform to showcase thought leaders from across the industry, and the topics they're passionate about. A bit like TED Talks, but focused on our industry, these brief in-depth discussions will offer a mix of thought-provoking opinions, insider perspectives and useful strategies you can bring back to your team.

It's time for a new vision of workers' compensation.

As our challenges mount, there's never been a more critical time to share our strength and knowledge. There’s never been a better time to attend the National Workers' Compensation and Disability Conference® — National Comp.

Our 2020 event will be presented virtually, kicking off with a free one-day virtual event, offering a mixture of top-level thought leadership and actionable takeaways you'll be able to use immediately. Digital sessions will follow, two to three a month, right up until it's time to meet in-person in Las Vegas in 2021.

As the largest national workers’ comp conference for more than three decades, National Comp offers the tools and ideas you need to propel your workers’ comp and injury prevention programs forward, and stay on top of tomorrow’s trends.

As our "new normal" continues to unfold, National Comp will present thoughtfully curated educational content and dynamic solutions to the challenges workers’ comp professionals are facing.

Next year, you'll be able to visit our redesigned marketplace, Connect HQ, to compare and contrast the newest solutions from leading vendors in every category.

The marketplace will also offer numerous opportunities to deepen your knowledge, through both full-length and short-form educational offerings. National Comp offers you an unprecedented opportunity to network, make important contacts and exchange strategies with peers.


about the conference
  • National Comp Virtual Event: One-day free online event Oct. 21st 2020
  • Ongoing Digital Session Series, 2-3 sessions per month, presented throughout 2020-21
  • CompTalks, short-form presentations designed to deliver information you need, even when you don't have an hour to spare
  • Continuing Education credits available for select Virtual Event sessions

National Comp is under fresh leadership, with a reinvigorated commitment to the industry's future.

In a time of unprecedented challenges, leadership is vital. 2020 marks a new era for the the industry, as well as for the largest workers' compensation conference in the country. Now under the ownership of The Institutes, our program has been realigned to better serve the needs of a rapidly changing industry and the companies, organizations and workers that depend on it.

National Comp is now presented by Risk & Insurance®, which covers the people, stories and risks that embody the essential functions of risk management and commercial insurance. Now an affiliate of The Institutes, R&I is dedicated to bringing the workers' compensation community together to share challenges and opportunities, and the latest solutions and innovations. Our mission is to provide a platform for industry leaders and executives to collaborate and build the solutions that will drive the workers' compensation industry forward.

Our Program Leadership

Michelle Kerr

Conference Chair
Workers’ Compensation Editor, 
Risk & Insurance®

Denise Algire

Program Co-Chair
Director of Risk Initiatives &
National Medical Director, Albertsons Companies

John Smolk

Program Co-Chair
Principal Manager, Workers’ Compensation and Disability Management, Southern California Edison

Why Workers' Comp Professionals Love This Conference

  • “Great agenda topics and networking events! NWCDC is a wonderful opportunity to enhance your professional credibility.”

    Ruth Burnett

    BSN, CCM, CDMS, Workers’ Compensation Nurse Navigator, Magee Rehabilitation Hospital-Jefferson Health
  • “One of the best conferences I have attended. The breakout sessions provided actionable and valuable insight that will definitely enhance our claims quality initiatives.”

    Kellie Wilbanks

    Cost Containment Supervisor, Texas Property and Casualty Insurance Guaranty Association

Thank you to our 2020 sponsors for their ongoing support.



Conference Charity Partner

Kids’ Chance of America represents 48 state-level nonprofit organizations that provide scholarships to children of workers who have been seriously or fatally injured on the job. Cumulatively, since their inception in 1988, Kids’ Chance organizations have awarded over 8,000 scholarships totaling over $27 million dollars.