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2021 NWCDC Conference – The Great And An Area For Improvement


2021 NWCDC Conference in Las Vegas Great Break from Video Conferences

The 2021 NWCDC Conference in Las Vegas was worth attending even though the crowd was smaller this year.  I give the sponsors and BOD credit for having a large in-person conference during the end of the pandemic.   I decided to cover a few sessions on Wednesday (10/20) and cover the vendor area on Thursday (10/21).

Banner of Las Vegas 2021 NWCDC Conference Night Picture
Wikimedia Commons – Bill Debevc

Check out my old articles on my search for technology in the vendor area or the sessions at the prior NWCDC conferences.   The links to the other articles for the 2021 NWCDC Conference sessions are still being added to this article.

Some of the other Workers’ Comp press noted that attendance was down.  The lower attendance was an expected outcome due to COVID-19.  Masks were required for everyone at the conference.   Hand sanitizer was everywhere at the conference.  I did not have any pandemic concerns at the conference.   Traveling to the conference was more concerning than any location in Las Vegas.

Yes, I know that writing the word conference after NWCDC is redundant.   For people not familiar with the conference, NWCDC does not denote event specifics.   The redundancy is necessary.

2021 NWCDC Conference Wednesday Sessions

I had registered for a press pass and received another invite a few weeks before the conference to fill out a request for a pass.  I never received the pass.   When I arrived, I was told I was not on the attendee or press pass list.

After showing my ID and press credentials, the staff was very helpful with registering me with a walkup press pass.  The registration staff was very professional – good job.   The conference was off to a great start for me.  Then, things did not turn out well.

Banned From First General Session

The registration staff pointed me to the first general sessions at the end of the Mandalay Bay registration hall.  I was ready to rock the notes.  I was told by a security guard that I was not allowed in the first general session.  What?  I asked the reason why and the security guard only said that the press was not allowed – to a general session.   That encounter had a bad look to it.

Mandalay Bay Hotel 2021 NWCDC Conference outside Picture
Wikimedia Commons – Sascha Brück

As a fellow press member commented, “What did they have to hide?”

I decided to go back to the vendor area to see what new technology was present at the conference.   I ended up speaking with Nancy Grover of WorkersCompensation.com and having a latte at the Enlyte booth (Mitchell, GENEX, Coventry)

2021 NWCDC Second Session Attended

Two of my favorite Workers Comp ladies were presenting at the second round of sessions.  I decided to sit in on the session.   The session was titled Leading a Resilient Claims Organization Through Uncertainty and Change. My notes from the session can be found in this article.  Adding in all the session notes to this article would make it run a little long.

2021 NWCDC Third Session Attended

The second Thursday session was Break Down RTW Obstacles and Build Light Duty That Works. The session was somewhat basic on the return to work. issues.  The presenters did a great job.  Many attendees had questions. You can find my notes on the session by clicking here.

NWCDC Vendors – Looking For New Technology

Every year that I have attended the conference, I always extensively visit the vendor area to see if any new technology exists among the entrepreneurs.   The tried-and-true stalwart vendors are not the ones that I am searching for to find any type of new technology.  Check out this article on those vendors (if any).  There was no new technology found among the vendors.

2021 NWCDC Conference Overall

I think we all need to thank the NWCDC vendors, attendees, sponsors, and BOD.  The conference was not perfect.  It was much better than I had expected when I signed up to cover it in this article and the next two.

Vegas is recovering from the pandemic.  Conferences like this one help everyone in the Las Vegas and Workers Comp community – good job on a monumental task!


Banner of Las Vegas 2021 NWCDC Conference Night Picture
(c) NWCDC 2021 – Author’s own work















James J Moore - Workers Comp Expert

Raleigh, NC, United States

About The Author...

James founded a Workers’ Compensation consulting firm, J&L Risk Management Consultants, Inc. in 1996. J&L’s mission is to reduce our clients’ Workers Compensation premiums by using time-tested techniques. J&L’s claims, premium, reserve and Experience Mod reviews have saved employers over $9.8 million in earned premiums over the last three years. J&L has saved numerous companies from bankruptcy proceedings as a result of insurance overpayments.

James has over 27 years of experience in insurance claims, audit, and underwriting, specializing in Workers’ Compensation. He has supervised, and managed the administration of Workers’ Compensation claims, and underwriting in over 45 states. His professional experience includes being the Director of Risk Management for the North Carolina School Boards Association. He created a very successful Workers’ Compensation Injury Rehabilitation Unit for school personnel.

James’s educational background, which centered on computer technology, culminated in earning a Masters of Business Administration (MBA); an Associate in Claims designation (AIC); and an Associate in Risk Management designation (ARM). He is a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and a licensed financial advisor. The NC Department of Insurance has certified him as an insurance instructor. He also possesses a Bachelors’ Degree in Actuarial Science.

LexisNexis has twice recognized his blog as one of the Top 25 Blogs on Workers’ Compensation. J&L has been listed in AM Best’s Preferred Providers Directory for Insurance Experts – Workers Compensation for over eight years. He recently won the prestigious Baucom Shine Lifetime Achievement Award for his volunteer contributions to the area of risk management and safety. James was recently named as an instructor for the prestigious Insurance Academy.

James is on the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the North Carolina Mid-State Safety Council. He has published two manuals on Workers’ Compensation and three different claims processing manuals. He has also written and has been quoted in numerous articles on reducing Workers’ Compensation costs for public and private employers. James publishes a weekly newsletter with 7,000 readers.

He currently possess press credentials and am invited to various national Workers Compensation conferences as a reporter.

James’s articles or interviews on Workers’ Compensation have appeared in the following publications or websites:

  • Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS)
  • Entrepreneur Magazine
  • Bloomberg Business News
  • WorkCompCentral.com
  • Claims Magazine
  • Risk & Insurance Magazine
  • Insurance Journal
  • Workers Compensation.com
  • LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites
  • Various trade publications


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