2019 Governance & Leadership Conference

Steer through issues shaping today’s public entity pools at the 2019 Governance & Leadership Conference, March 3-6. The conference is set in St. Louis, named by The Wall Street Journal as one of the “10 most intriguing travel destinations for 2019.”

This year’s Navigating Change schedule offers a confluence of sessions on leadership, governance and hot topics pools can use to set a course for the future, including:

  • A two-part session on board composition and recruitment will be led by AGRiP 2019 Inclusion Resident Robin Stacia. Ideal for pool executives and governing bodies to attend together, this series will offer pragmatic solutions to develop board recruitment plans based on expertise, leadership, community connections, and more. The two-part series will be offered twice during the conference.
  • András Tilscik will speak about his research on thought diversity and why it’s so important for a successful pool governing body. He was well received at the 2018 Fall Forum and will return with fresh information.
  • Learn about the importance of collaborating with universities to build an employee pipeline and how cross-generational mentorships can deliver results within a pool.
  • A half-day of health pool programming will address issues specific to health pool operations. Book travel that allows you to remain onsite until at least 12 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6.
  • A session on practical methods to proactively mitigate and manage sexual abuse and molestation claims builds off a keynote session delivered at the 2018 Fall Educational Forum.
  • Power of Pooling Roundtables give opportunity for small group conversation on governance, leadership, and hot topics issues facing public entity governing bodies and leadership.

Pooling Basics helps those newer to public entity pooling learn how our approach varies from the traditional insurance industry and introduces attendees to the core operations important for every pool. Pooling Basics is appropriate for pool staff and governing bodies and is offered as a preconference program from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday, March 3.

Attendee List


St. Louis is a changing and fast-growing city located at the heart of America on the banks of the mighty Mississippi River. It has a range of traditional and up-and-coming neighborhoods that cater to all types and attendees will want to check out:

  • The Central West End, just seven minutes away from the conference hotel with a range of dining and entertainment options.
  • University District near Washington University.
  • Soulard, known for its architecture and culture.

The city also boasts a renowned Italian dining district called “The Hill,” museums and national parks, and more. Attendees will want to explore The Gateway Arch, the Old Courthouse where two of the Dred Scott trials took place, Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum and Busch StadiumLafayette Square, and the Economy Museum at the Federal Reserve.


To reserve rooms in AGRiP’s sleeping room block, all attendees must first register for the conference. After registering for the conference, you will receive information on how to make lodging reservations. If you make reservations outside this process, AGRiP will be unable to assist you if you face hotel issues.

The conference hotel, St. Louis Union Station, is listed on the National Registry of Historic Landmarks and once was the busiest train depot in the United States. The hotel’s Grand Hall, the largest train terminal of its day, evokes the glamour of train travel in its heyday.

St. Louis Union Station offers sleeping rooms ranging in size and amenities, with sleeping rooms in the AGRiP block ranging from $179 to $239 per night (while available and prior to tax and service fees).


There are two optional pre-conference social tours. Sign up during the registration process.

  • Gateway Arch National Park: See Gateway Arch, the 630-foot stainless-steel clad monument to St. Louis’ role in the westward expansion, in this self-guided tour. Enjoy a tram ride to the top of the arch and its lookout, and visit the museum and gift shop. All visitors will go through an airport-style security checkpoint. The tram ride may not be fully accessible to persons who are differently abled. Cost for this tour is $35 per person. Tours are:
    • 12:30-3 p.m., Sunday, March 3
    • 1:30-4 p.m., Sunday, March 3
  • Anheuser-Busch Brewery: No visit to St. Louis is complete without a visit to the Anheuser-Busch Brewery where some of the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales are showcased. Designated as a National Historic Landmark District, the brewery grounds date to 1852. This group tour includes a visit to the gift shop and Biergarten where guests age 21 and older can have one complimentary beer. The cost is $40 per person. Tours are:
    • 1-4:05 p.m, Sunday, March 3
    • 1:35-4:50 p.m., Sunday, March 3

Both tours are first-come, first-served; a minimum of 20 people is required for each. Tours may be merged or canceled if attendance is lower than 20. Tours depart from the main entrance of the St. Louis Union Station.


Conference registration fees are $755 for AGRiP members; and $1,045 for nonmembers. Registration received after Monday, Feb. 11 will be assessed a $100 late registration fee.

Guest registration options are available for attendee travel companions, determined on the basis of covering all related food costs. Guests must be registered to attend meal(s) and to participate in tours. Guests are not eligible to attend educational programming.

  • Full Guest (Sunday reception, three breakfasts and two lunches): $355
  • Sunday Welcome Reception, only: $110
  • Monday meals (breakfast and lunch): $100
  • Tuesday meals (breakfast and lunch): $100
  • Breakfasts, only (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday): $135

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