This page contains links to webinars, articles and other resources to help you manage your professional and personal lives during the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be updated regularly as we receive new material. Please share with us any resources you have found helpful, and we will add them.

COVID-19 Information

Visit the Centers for Disease Control COVID-19 page for the latest information about the virus, how to protect yourself and what to do if you get sick.

Webinars and Other Virtual Events

WIFS’ new Tuesdays at Two webinar series offers information you can use to navigate life during the crisis every Tuesday at 2 pm ET. Our Education Webinars continue on the second Wednesday of each month, along with our Leadership Webinars on the fourth Wednesday of alternate months.

Recent WIFS webinars (click the titles to access the recordings):

Upcoming WIFS webinars (all are at 2 pm ET):

  • Wednesday, June 10: "Spotlighting Fast 'N Furious" with Karry Ballinger and Kelly Hoff, moderated by Hawley Woods Gray. Register here

Chapter Webinars/Virtual Events

Los Angeles Chapter presents "Tax Offset Strategies" with Kelly R. Smith, CLU, ChFC, RFC on Thursday, June 4 at 11:30 am PT. Register here

Philadelphia Tri-County Chapter presents "Creating a Culture for Women to Rise to the Top" with Dr. Aprille Trupiano on Friday, June 5 at 9 am ET. Register here.

Gold Coast Chapter presents "Keep More of Your Money in Retirement" with Sam Abdullah on Wednesday, June 10 at 11:30 am PT. Register here.

Central Maryland Chapter presents "The Art of Crisis Leadership" with Robert Weinhold on Wednesday, June 17 at noon ET. Register here.

Philadelphia Tri-County Chapter presents "Clarity: Where People, Potential and Profits Intersect" with Debbie Peterson on Wednesday, June 17 at 5 pm ET. Register here.

Webinars/Virtual Events From Our Affiliated Associations

The Los Angeles Association of Life Underwriters presents weekly Virtual Happy Hours on Wednesdays at 4 pm PT. Register here.

AALU/GAMA hosted an extremely well-received webinar, "Inside the Stimulus Package: Making It Work for You and Your Clients." You can view the recording here

Upcoming AALU/GAMA webinars:

  • June 2, 1 pm ET: "Creating a High-Impact Recruiting Culture." Register here
  • June 8, 11 am ET: "Multiline Series: Part IV: How to Close Business & Series Wrap Up." Register here.

Upcoming NAFA webinars:

  • June 3, 11:30 am ET: "Selling Annuities in a Virtual World." Register here

NAIFA is holding regular Town Hall Meetings on the COVID-19 crisis. These meetings are meant to bring about a sense of community in the profession, provide producers with practical thoughts and ideas about how they can do business in the current environment, and provide any updates on what’s going on related to legislation to provide relief, etc. Click here to view topics, register for upcoming meetings and access recordings of past ones. 

Other webinars/virtual events of interest

LinkedIn has a series of online courses to help those working remotely make the most of the experience. Topics include maximizing productivity, managing teams, teleconferencing and more.

The National Association of Women Business Owners is holding virtual Advocacy Days through June 4. Click here for more information and a registration link.

Reading Material

NAFA has posted a summary of Phase 3.5 COVID-19 Relief Package, which includes details of the Paycheck Protection Program and the Health Care Enhancement Act

Former WIFS National President Susan Combs has a comprehensive roundup of information on her Combs & Company blog about COVID-19 and what it means for businesses and individuals. Share it with your clients in addition to applying it to your own business!

From AALU/GAMA: "Which COVID Loans or Tax Credits Are Right for My Business?"

From AALU/GAMA: "Updated Sick Leave Requirements and Tax Credits in Response to Coronavirus"

From AALU/GAMA: "Navigating the COVID-19 Pandemic: How to Deliver Value for Clients"

From AALU/GAMA: "A Guide to the SBA Loan Programs for Statutory W2 Employees and Independent Contractors"

From Financial Advisor magazine: "How a Surprise Pandemic Reinforced the Need for Financial Advice"

Social Media

Follow WIFS on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram for daily content related to life in a “socially distant” world. In addition to our usual news updates and other items of interest, you will find:

  • #MondayMeditation -- an inspirational thought to start the week
  • #TuesdayTV -- helpful advice on video
  • #WednesdayWellness -- Ideas for staying physically and mentally healthy
  • #ThursdayThinkPiece -- an article worth reading
  • #FridayFunny -- a little humor to close out the week

Your contributions are welcome! Got a useful video or article, or a funny or inspirational meme to share? Send it to office@wifsnational.org

Connection Tools

Social distancing doesn’t mean we can’t socialize. Here are some tools our members are using to stay connected to their clients, prospects and one another. If you have a favorite that isn’t on this list, tell us about it.

  • Zoom: This video conferencing platform allows you to host a “meeting” of up to 100 people for up to 40 minutes – and that’s the free version. Other plans are available at various price points.
  • Skype and FaceTime: Both these apps can be used for group video conferencing, with some restrictions.
  • Google Hangouts Meet: Starting now and running through July 30, Google has is making its advanced Hangouts Meet features available to all G Suite customers, including larger meetings, live streaming and recording.
  • GoToWebinar: If you’re planning an educational event with a presenter, rather than a social gathering, try the platform WIFS uses for our webinars. It is on the pricey side but offers a seven-day free trial.
  • Facebook and YouTube: Facebook Lives and YouTube live streams also lend themselves well to presenter-type gatherings. Viewers can interact with the presenter in the scomments.

Resources From Our Partner Associations

NAIFA has an excellent COVID-19 information page for individuals and businesses on topics ranging from personal finance to cybersecurity.

For more than 80 years, WIFS has been committed to attracting, developing and advancing women in the insurance and financial services profession. Members, partners, exhibitors and sponsors benefit from connection and mutual respect for professional development and education-focused interaction rather than career opportunity promotion.