Kristina Welke

VP, Head of Product
New York Life Group Benefit Solutions
Kristina Welke is the Head of Product for New York Life Group Benefit Solutions (NYL GBS.) In this role, Kristina owns the definition of the NYL GBS strategy, how NYL GBS wins in the market, and building products, capabilities, and experiences that drive differentiation. Kristina has 15 years of insurance experience and has held various leadership roles in Finance, Operations, Distribution, and Product/Strategy. Kristina has proven success in leading high performing teams, developing strategies to win in the market, solutioning, and leading through change. Prior to joining NYL GBS, Kristina worked at Unum. Kristina has a BS and MBA from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY, and hails from Long Island, NY, though she currently lives in Chattanooga, TN. In her free time, Kristina enjoys spending time with her friends and family and traveling

Sessions by Kristina Welke

04:00 PM - 04:35 PM
Innovation in Action Track: Islander E 

Enabling Incumbents: How Startups Can Best Work with Large Insurance Companies

Startup enablers have been growing across the insurance industry. This trend is going to continue as insurance incumbents acknowledge the importance in integrating innovation through startup partnerships, rather than developing the technology internally.

At the same time, startups recognize the value in partnering with incumbents as an opportunity to improve their product offering, thus creating the ultimate win for policyholders.

In this panel, you will:

-learn why this ‘enabling trend’ is happening and how it benefits startups and incumbents 

-hear the testimonial from a startup founder that has successfully partnered with an incumbent 

-listen to the incumbent’s perspective on the ingredients for a successful partnership with startups

03:00 PM - 03:50 PM

Preparing for a Digital Insurance Future You Cannot Predict

The entire insurance industry is built on the concept of mitigating risk by predicting the future. Today, the only constant is change as insurance wrestles with the boundaries of privacy, the evolution of its business model and the demands of a culture that wants to be served 24 x 7. Meanwhile, social, political, and even climate issues exert external pressure on the industry. This panel explores how to make your company ready to survive and thrive through The Next Thing. 

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