National Workers Compensation and Disability Conference

presented by Risk & Insurance

Register today for 2021 National Comp.

Shrinking the Work Comp Talent Gap
and Shaping Future Leaders


Many of the essential roles in the workers’ compensation industry are aging out of the workforce at a faster rate than new talent is entering. It is essential that the industry focus on attracting and retaining top talent in order to shape our future leaders. The goal of this panel is to continue the conversation and bring more awareness to this important topic. Our panelists will share valuable insights on what they feel is needed to close the talent gap, addressing:
•   How to attract high-performing, younger, and new talent to the industry?
•   How to create industry awareness with new audiences through recruitment strategies?
•   How to develop growth and career opportunities within the industry?
•   What are the implications if we don’t close the talent gap?


Kathy Galia
General Manager, Clinical Solutions, Paradigm
Kathy is responsible for overseeing clinical operations and service execution. Kathy’s experience includes 10 years in strategic leadership and medical case management at The Hartford, most recently serving as AVP of Health Services. Kathy is a registered nurse and a member the Insurance Rehabilitation Study Group.
Chris Pricco
Chief Networks and Operations Officer, Paradigm
Chris leads Paradigm’s specialty networks and payment integrity solutions, and oversees the company’s operating platform. He spent 15 years in leadership roles at Optum, where he was COO of the Medical Benefit Management division and COO of Optum International.

Amanda Kehoe
Human Resources Senior Director, Paradigm
Amanda joined Paradigm in 2017. She provides broad HR support as an HR Business Partner and also serves as the Talent Management Program leader for the organization. In her time with Paradigm, Amanda has worked on several mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and strategic recruitment initiatives. Prior to joining Paradigm, Amanda was head of HR for a midsize precision manufacturing company.
Amber Walton
Director of Solutions, The Hartford
Amber is the Director of Heath Services Solutions at The Hartford. In this role, she is responsible for creating and implementing strategic solutions that support employers and their efforts to keep employees healthy and at work, across both property/casualty and group benefits. Since joining The Hartford in 2008, Amber has had leadership roles across the organization in strategy, innovation, and claims.
James Curbeam, CPCU, ARM, AIC
Director of Risk Management, Las Vegas Valley Water District
James is the Director of Risk Management for the Las Vegas Valley Water District.  He has served in  numerous leadership roles including President, RIMS Nevada Chapter; President, RIMS Nebraska Chapter; and President, Las Vegas CPCU Society. James was selected as a Risk All Star by Risk & Insurance magazine in 2018, and as the PRIMA Risk Manager of the Year in 2019. He frequently contributes to R&I Risk Insiders.
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