ELC & Learning Symposium

October 2 – 3, 2019 

NASA Space Center in Houston, Texas

Mission Manual

Houston, We Have A Solution!

For 2019, we are joining two of GAMA International’s best events under one roof at Houston’s NASA Space Center. The annual Learning Symposium is a special two-day conference for home office executives who are responsible for field leadership development. The Executive Leadership Cabinet is an informative event that brings together industry leaders in a collaborative way with a focus on “innovation and change.” The ELC is composed of senior home office executives, and top field leaders, representing the industry’s major distribution styles from top companies across the country.


Keynote Speakers

Scott Stice

Chief Marketing Officer
FBL Financial Group, Inc.

Scott Stice was named Chief Marketing Officer of FBL Financial Group, Inc. in June 2013. Stice has overall responsibility for sales, marketing and distribution for the company’s brand, Farm Bureau Financial Services, and its multiline exclusive agency force.

Prior to joining FBL, Stice was senior vice president and head of field strategy and execution at Farmers Insurance. He holds a BS in Business Management and Administration from the University of Redlands, and he earned an MBA from Pepperdine University. Stice serves on the Board of Directors and the Executive Leadership Team for the American Heart Association of Central Iowa, on the Accenture Insurance Innovation Executive Board, GAMA Executive Leadership Council and the LIMRA Distribution Leaders Roundtable.



Steve Rader

Deputy Director
NASA Center of Excellence For Collaborative Innovation

Steve started Crowd Resources Consulting in 2019 to provide non-NASA related organizations with resources for leveraging the crowd-based expertise and solutions required to stay competitive in the rapidly evolving global economy.

Steve also currently serves as the Deputy Manager of NASA’s Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation (CoECI), which is working to infuse challenge and crowdsourcing innovation approaches at NASA and across the federal government. CoECI focuses on the study and use of curated, crowdsourcing communities that utilize prize and challenge-based methods to deliver innovative solutions for NASA and the US government.

Panos Leledakis

President & CEO
IFA Academy

Panos Leledakis has a vast 20 years experience in the field since 1999 as a top awarded insurance consultant (MDRT member)and manager. He is a pioneer in the insurance industry. Expert in the topic of millennilas, digital tranformation, internet marketing strategy and new technologies in the insurance industry. He invented two innovative software for insurance need analysis, by implementing the science of risk management, artificial intelligence and extensive neuroscience research on risk perception and decision making. The software received many innovation awards from significant organizations like MIT University (MIT Enterprise Forum), Chamber of industrialists in Cyprus, Europe start-up awards and global “Get in the ring” contest.

Event Sponsors

NASA Experience

As an ELC or Learning Symposium attendee, you will receive access to three NASA simulators during your stay in Houston as well as access to all exhibits on-site. 
Journey Through The Universe

This 8 passenger ride simulates a journey through our universe. You will learn about interesting facts and experience riding through a black hole. This simulator is the least intensity of the three.

International Space Station Tour

This VR experience takes you on an EVA (Extravehicular Activity) outside the International Space Station. Using goggles and headphones you will be able to look 360 degrees in space around the station. This simulator is moderate intensity and seats four at a time.

T-38 Jet Simulator

This is an actual training simulator. You will feel what it like to fly the same jet that the astronauts learn to fly. This is not for the faint of heart. This simulator seats 2 people and it the highest intensity of the simulators (the T-38 simulator will barrel roll depending on who is piloting).