CEO, RING Certification
Sydney is a nationally recognized leader in the insurance claims industry, with extensive experience building relationships among the most influential professionals in the business.
Sydney is the founder and CEO of ClaimsXchange – an innovative and collaborative organization which focuses on education and networking within the insurance claims industry. At the ground-breaking conferences she organizes, and through the smaller collaborations she orchestrates, Sydney fosters dialogue among a broad spectrum of influencers, then creates and implements initiatives that turn their visions for the industry into reality.
With a background in leadership and education, and a career built on her passion for developing partnerships, Sydney is singularly qualified to lead this initiative in the DE&I space.
Larry D. Smith
President, RING Certification
Larry has been at the forefront of diversity, inclusion, and inclusive excellence, speaking, writing and advocating on a local, state and national level for more than 20 years. On the frontline, and throughout the legal profession, he is recognized as one of the preeminent DEI professionals in America: The 2019 Litigation Counsel of America/Diversity Law Institute Diversity Award; 2016 Florida Bar G. Kirk Haas Humanitarian Award; 2016 Florida Bar Young Lawyer Diversity Award; 2015 DRI Sheryl J. Willert Pioneer Diversity Award; 2014 Litigation Counsel of America Peter Perlman Service Award;2013 Henry Latimer Diversity Award, presented by the Equal Opportunities in Law Section, Virgil Hawkins National Bar association Florida Chapter and Florida Association for Women Lawyers; and 2013 American Bar Association Section of Litigation Diversity Leadership Award.
For more than 35 years, Larry has defended small to global businesses — Companies like Apple, DuPont, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Hamilton Beach, Metabolife, Smith-Nephew, Walt Disney World, Wyndham, and a host of insurance companies, international airports, and other sophisticated clients . He has earned the respect of his clients and his peers: SuperLawyer, AV-Preeminent, the International Association of Defense Counsel, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, Defense Research Institute, Litigation Counsel of America, and others.
Larry is the founder of Valorem Institute for Inclusive Excellence which is dedicated to educating, inspiring, coaching, and empowering organizations to help them achieve their own inclusive excellence.