Rising Stars in Insurance (VIC)
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Time and date:

8 April 2022, 1:00pm - 4:00pm AEST

Networking Drinks: 4:00pm - 5:00pm AEST

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Collins Square Business & Event Centre

Level 5, Tower 2/727 Collins St

Melbourne, VIC


Member: $108 AUD

Non-Member: $135 AUD

Group Booking (3 or more): $98 AUD per seat 

CIP points: 2.5
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In this interactive seminar and workshop, our goal is to provide early career professionals the industry knowledge and practical skills to thrive in any workplace.

We believe anyone can reach their peak potential and be a rising star in the insurance industry.

So, whether you just landed your dream job, are exploring new opportunities, or want to give someone a foot up in their career, we've got the tools, tips and tricks to help you succeed.

Join our panel of insurance mentors and leaders as they guide you through:

  • Identifying and employing strategies to be confident in your job role
  • Developing and utilising effective presentation techniques
  • The importance of professional development to achieve personal growth
  • Key leadership skills to enhance and develop your career

With an interactive workshop and opportunities to connect with industry peers, join us for insights and advice that you can adopt and apply straight away.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Melanie Hansen, Event Manager.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • Recall key tactics to demonstrate clear direction, confidence, engagement and leadership skills when working and presenting online
  • Recognise and employ strategies to develop into the type of person that you want to epitomise to your colleagues, peers, and leaders
  • Identify the pathways to showcasing and embodying your best self in virtual and physical environment


ANZIIF gratefully acknowledges the generous assistance and support of the event content committee.

  • Linh Nguyen — Business Development Manager - Australia, Sedgwick
  • Fiona Fong — Cyber Incident Management & Claims Lead - Pacific, Marsh
  • Tim Kasem — Claims Specialist, VMIA
  • Brodie English — Casualty Underwriter, Canopius


Are you interested in sponsorship opportunities for this event? For more information on how your organisation can benefit as a sponsor of this leading professional development event contact Sara Cheong, Sponsorship Executive by phone on +61 3 9613 7200 or by email at [email protected].



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Drew Schnehage (Moderator)

Drew Schnehage

Managing Director

Innovation Group

Drew has 30 years' experience in the insurance industry in South Africa. Her first insurance job was in claims, and she worked for two insurers and a broker before joining a third-party administrator. She has a strong focus on building and strengthening client relationships and has built and grown two business from ground-up.

Drew thrives in innovative and entrepreneurial environments, leads by example, and believe that hard work pays off. Drew is always willing to have open and honest conversations with her teams and staff. She upholds that nurturing and building highly effective teams helps you to be successful and that being honest establishes a sense of trust with your team.

She became a director at the age of 32 and soon after joined an Underwriting Agency to develop a new niche insurance product for high-net worth individuals. In 2008, she was offered the opportunity to start an Underwriting Agency to grow the first ever high-net worth portfolio, which had never been done before in South Africa.

In 2016, her team won the Underwriting Agency of the Year award. After 7 years she sold her Underwriting Agency to Hollard Insurance in South Africa and joined their personal lines division to assist with the development of their new personal lines’ product offering. After 2 years Drew was head-hunted to join Innovation Group in South Africa as Commercial Director.

Uprooting herself to try and build a struggling business back up where nobody knew her was the challenge that Drew accepted in 2019. This move saw her leave the South African unit of Insurtech and third-party administrator (TPA) Innovation Group to lead the Australian operations in her capacity as managing director.

Caitlin Carson

Carson Caitlin

VIC State Practice Leader FINPRO


Caitlin began her insurance career in 2005, joining Jardine Lloyd Thomson Pty Ltd (“JLT”) as a Clerical Assistant following her graduation from Business College. In early 2006, Caitlin was offered a broking role specialising in financial and professional risks where she began working as a Broking Assistant. Over her seventeen (17) years in the industry Caitlin has received promotions to more senior positions including different roles located in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

Caitlin moved to Marsh as part of the JLT acquisition in April 2019, shortly after Caitlin moved to Melbourne to lead the VIC FINPRO – Corporate team (focusing on clients with revenues under $500m) and then expanded this role to lead the entire VIC FINPRO team (including Risk Management which focuses on clients with revenues in excess of $500m) in early 2020. Caitlin’s current role involves managing a large portfolio of business, as well as, leading a team of specialised brokers.

In late 2019, Caitlin was awarded Young Professional Broker of the Year by NIBA, and as a result was privileged to attend the Yale School of Management’s Women’s Leadership Program in New Haven, Connecticut. In early 2021, Caitlin was accepted by Melbourne Business School to study an MBA and continues these studies on a part-time basis.

Caitlin participates on Marsh’s Women and Allies at Marsh resource group and volunteers for Business in Heels as a mentor. 

Andrew Davies

Andrew Davies

Chief Executive Officer


Since joining VMIA in 2015, Andrew has led the continued development of VMIA’s risk and insurance offering, and, formerly as Chief Insurance Officer, was responsible for the Authority’s insurance, reinsurance, claims and insights activities.

With a background in management consulting and change leadership and having worked globally in executive roles across a diverse range of industries, Andrew brings clear strengths in transformational leadership, a detailed appreciation of VMIA’s operations and a passion for delivering real value for the state of Victoria.

Damian Falkingham

Damian Falkingham ANZIIF General Manager Industry Engagement 

General Manager Industry Engagement


Damian is the General Manager of Industry Engagement at ANZIIF. Prior to joining ANZIIF, Damian held management positions across claims, underwriting, client services and sales for Allianz across Victoria, Tasmania and managing Australia wide operations.

Damian holds a Graduate Diploma in Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation and he spent time in education as a lecturer and tutorial leader for Victoria University and Holmesglen TAFE and recently completed AICD Company Directors course.

Damian is passionate about developing people to deliver growth across the insurance and finance sectors.

Sylvia Quang

Sylvia Quang


HWL Ebsworth Lawyers

Sylvia has a broad range of experience in insurance and property related fields, having previously worked in a strata and property specialist firm for six years.

Sylvia has acted for major insurers in claims and fraud investigations, assessing disputed claims, coverage and indemnity issues, non-disclosure disputes, motor vehicle accidents, home claim recoveries and product liability matters. Sylvia currently specialises in life insurance claims, acting in both litigated and non-litigated disputes. Her practice also includes property damage, and other general insurance matters including public liability, personal injury, and professional indemnity. Sylvia also advises insurers on policy wordings, regulatory and compliance issues.

Sylvia is currently the President of the NSW Young Insurance Professionals Australasia and New Zealand (YIPs). She is passionate about showcasing the insurance industry as a career of choice of students and graduates, and providing opportunities and education for young professionals in insurance.