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Center for Executive Education

Herbert M. Chain, Executive Director

Read about the Center for Executive Education in the Spring issue of St. John's Business.


Collectibles, including art, pose a unique set of risks. Valuation, opaque pricing, illiquidity, counterfeiting, and physical damage all generate concerns that need to be identified, quantified, and addressed -- whether through mitigation, transfer or avoidance.

To address these and other issues, the Center for Executive Education is pleased to announce a special Thought Leadership conference, Art at Risk: What You Need to Know Now. The conference will be held on Thursday, September 27, 2018 at our Manhattan campus, 101 Astor Place, New York, NY from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Breakfast, lunch and a cocktail reception are part of the day, which will also include networking opportunities.

The conference will add value and provide insights both to experienced veterans and new recruits in the fine arts and collectibles fields, and will be valuable for

  • institutional or private investors and/or collectors
  • financial advisors
  • cultural/art institutions
  • insurers
  • art appraisers
  • lenders
  • attorneys

For more information, please contact us at [email protected].


On Wednesday, May 30, 2018, the Center for Executive Education will hold the second of its Thought Leadership events, titled Next Gen Analytics and the Internet of Things: Powering Insurtech.  Sponsored by SAS, OCTO, and Accenture, the program is a mix of keynotes and panel discussions delivered by industry experts. Topics covered include: 

  • 2020 and Beyond: The Future of Insurance

  • How Big Data Analytics Will Transform the Effectiveness of the Insurance Value Chain

  • How Societal and Technological Trends Are Impacting Insurance

  • Leveraging the Best: Ideas and Solutions

  • Driving Change Through Analytics: Lessons Learned from Customers

Attendees will also have access to representatives from SAS University and the FinTech Innovation Lab, co-founded by Accenture and the Partnership Fund for NYC, as well as numerous networking opportunities. 
The fee for the day is $150, and includes lunch and a post-conference reception. The Center welcomes insurance executives, as well as others interested in this important and expanding field. 


For further information or to be put on our mailing list, please contact:

Lawrence Pistell
Senior Associate Director for Corporate & Industry Relations
Center for Executive Education
Peter J. Tobin College of Business
(212) 284-8581

About the Center

The Center for Executive Education, a division of The Peter J. Tobin College of Business of St. John’s University, offers conferences, seminars, certificate programs and professional designation examination preparation courses, as well as consulting and custom training to industry, governments and regulators worldwide. Over our 30-year history, the Center has served the educational needs of more than 10,000 professionals in the insurance, risk management and financial services sectors, and has recently expanded its scope to include other industries and course offerings, including custom graduate degree programs.

Programs at the Center for Executive Education include:

  • Distinctive conferences, seminars and certificate programs
  • Unique programs designed specifically for clients
  • Self-study online courses for individuals and corporations
  • Customized MBA and other masters programs, at our facilities or client sites
  • Educational collaborations

Conferences, Seminars and Certificate Programs

The Center delivers programs open to the public that focus on enhancing knowledge in a range of specialty areas including: a Certificate in The Business of Insurance for individuals who wish to expand their knowledge and understanding of the insurance and risk management industry. This innovative and informative program provides a thorough and wide-reaching overview of the major concepts and areas of expertise fundamental to the industry. Students acquire a breadth of knowledge that is practical and broadly applicable. For corporations, the course provides a solid foundation that can be used both by new employees and by those who need to increase their overall understanding of the field. We also offer a Certificate in Workers Compensation, which is designed to provide detailed foundation knowledge concerning this important coverage. Students who complete the course and pass an examination will be qualified for the Workers Compensation Professional (WCP) designation.

In addition, we create and deliver highly specialized events in response to current trends in the insurance, risk management and financial sectors.

Specialized Client Programs

The Center provides custom programs and services that are designed to meet the specific requirements of corporate clients and distinct audiences. Our approach is highly collaborative, and we have extensive experience developing and delivering programs to a wide range of audiences with specific requirements, from onboarding of new employees to advanced programs for senior executives. Our faculty are drawn not only from St. John’s and other institutions, but also include industry experts and practitioners, all of whom are chosen for their breadth of knowledge and level of professional expertise.  

Our programs can range from one day to several months in length, depending on your needs and interests, and often include benchmarking. We can deliver classroom training at any of our campuses, including our state-of-the-art location in downtown Manhattan, or on site at a location of a client's choosing, including overseas.

Our clients have included Deloitte, KPMG, AIG, HSBC, Arch, Ernst & Young, Samsung, Ace, and the People’s Insurance Company of China, among many others.

Program spotlight
For the sales force of a rapidly-growing reinsurance intermediary, the Center developed and delivered a comprehensive overview and analysis of insurance-linked securities (ILS), to assist them in gaining fluency in recommending appropriate insurance-linked securities and reinsurance solutions to its prospects. The program was delivered in three locations across the United States; presenters included the senior ILS team of a premier consulting firm, and the head of ILS at a major global insurance credit rating company.

For executives from a large international client, we delivered a multi-faceted, 12-week program, which included an overview of the evolving U.S. P&C marketplace, and was designed to stimulate participants’ thinking about the evolution of insurance coverages and product innovation in the U.S., while examining a wide range of topics, coverages, and practices in detail. The overall agenda included classroom sessions, benchmarking visits, and product-focused presentations from practicing insurance industry leaders, managers, and academics.

Online Courses

We offer a suite of online offerings in insurance, management and leadership that are available to individual consumers, which can also be used to create a custom curriculum for an organization and which can be scaled to thousands of users. We can design, deliver and host programs developed to your organization’s specifications. These programs can be in synchronous or asynchronous instructor-led formats, or self-paced. They can also be blended with a classroom-based program.

Click here for course descriptions and registration information. We can also arrange bulk pricing for companies; for details, please contact us by clicking here.

Customized Masters Programs in Accountancy and Related Fields

We have recently expanded our course offerings to customized MBA and masters programs specifically designed and developed in conjunction with organizational sponsors to maximize their employees’ professional development. These can be tailored to focus on the needs of your organization and employees and can be delivered at our facilities (Queens, Manhattan or Hauppauge) or your offices.

Educational Collaborations

The Center has relationships with other educational institutions that offer programs at various undergraduate and graduate levels, and academic areas. Students who are receiving their degrees from those schools take custom-designed curricula at the Center as part of their studies, and have the benefit of residency in New York City --- a vibrant and exciting business and cultural center. Credits and degrees, when applicable, are granted by the affiliated schools.