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Keynote Speaker

With over 20 years of experience presenting on technology, insurance innovation and the bootstrapping mindset

If you’re looking for a speaker that will leave you shocked, inspired, and ready to get back to work, hire James Benham.

James’ speaking philosophy is to educate and entertain; he’s known for his ease on stage and ability to leave his audience thinking long after he’s gone. With twenty years of speaking experience, James’ resume of keynote speeches spans national and international events for construction, insurance, risk management, entrepreneurship, higher education, technology, innovation, software development, and more. James also presents at private company events for leadership teams, sales teams, user conferences, and more.

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Upcoming speaking

July 2024

Thu 11
July 11 @ 10:55 am

ICT Property & Casualty Insurance Symposium

Hilton Anatole, 2201 N Stemmons Fwy, Dallas, TX, United States

Topic: Artificial Intelligence and Insurance

Sun 21
July 21 @ 10:30 am

WCI 2024 Conference

Orlando World Center Marriott, 8701 World Center Dr, Orlando, FL, United States

Tech Innovations in Claims: A Discussion on People, Process and Technology in Workers’ Compensation
August 21st, 10:30 am – 11:30 am ET

The Technology Roundtable: Frank Discussions on Technology Today and Tomorrow
August 21st, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm ET

Wed 31
July 31 @ 10:00 am

AASCIF 2024 Annual Conference

Rhode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin St, Providence, RI, United States

Topic: Virtual Agents of Change: A Tech-Forward Exploration of How Virtual Agents, Al, Automation and APIs are Transforming the Future of Work Compensation

September 2024

Tue 24
September 24

State Insurance Trade Association Conference

AT&T Hotel and Conference Center, 1900 University Ave, Austin, TX, United States

October 2024

Tue 15
October 15 @ 1:00 pm

National Comp

Mandalay Bay, 3950 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, TX, United States

Topic: The Workers’ Comp Balancing Act: Efficiency Vs. Ethics in AI

December 2024

Thu 12
December 12

The Future of Insurance Canada 2024

Sheraton Centre, 123 Queen St W, Toronto, Canada

Speaking Topics

How Data-First InsurTech Ecosystems are Transforming the Future of Workers’ Compensation Claims

An insurance ecosystem is a network of integrated partners who have joined together for a specific cause. These partners connect their data and align their incentives to create an enhanced claims experience. But how might this impact workers’ compensation claims? And what are some of the ways that data can be leveraged to maximize get-to-work strategies? In this keynote, James Benham leads risk management professionals through the data, innovations, and issues driving the claims management and insurance ecosystems of the future.

Audience: Insurance Professionals, Investors, Technologists & Developers

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The Rise of ClaimsTech:
How AI & Automation are Radically Changing the Future of Insurance

AI and machine learning are allowing the world’s largest industries to process, integrate and predict data like never before—how will that affect how we assess risk? What existing and upcoming technologies are being leveraged to change the way adjusters manage claims? In this keynote, James Benham leads risk management professionals through the data, innovations, and issues driving the claims management and insurance systems of the future.

Audience: Insurance Professionals, Investors, Technologists & Developers

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The Bootstrapped Entrepreneur:
Be Your Own VC: 10 Bootstrapping Principles to Generate Cash and Keep Control

Less than 2% of tech startups successfully raise outside funds, which means 98% of tech founders need to know how to bootstrap and 2% need to know how to pick partners that won’t derail their vision. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, startup investor, or corporate innovator looking to partner with them, in this keynote you will learn the bootstrapping methodology and mindset that has fueled 20 years of profitable growth for James’ companies and clients.

Audience: Entrepreneurs & Founders, Corporate Innovators, Investors

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Virtual Agents of Change:
Navigating Workers’ Compensation’s Future with AI, Automation, and APIs

In this talk, James will dissect the future of Workers’ Compensation, a top insurance technologist, bestselling author, and host of The InsurTech Geek Podcast. James will dissect the tech-driven evolution reshaping Workers’ Compensation, addressing challenges and advancements in claims management. See how automation, AI, and machine learning streamline data analysis for precise decision-making, lightening claims handlers’ workload, and enhancing accuracy. The future of Workers’ Compensation isn’t just innovative; it’s a call for professionals to pioneer the next era of industry excellence.

Audience: Insurance Professionals, Investors, Technologists & Developers

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Building Mad Scientists:
How Any Job Title Can Disrupt and Innovate from Within

Research & Development sounds like a concept only for the biggest budgets—but it’s really a bootstrapping mindset that can empower every employee to tinker, solve complex problems, and fix what bugs them. In this keynote, James Benham walks audiences through the mindset and award-winning process that his Fortune 1000 clients have used to develop and empower innovators throughout any organization.

Audience: Corporate Innovators, Entrepreneurs & Founders, Insurance Professionals, Investors, Technologists & Developers

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