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

WIFS’ new Tuesdays at Two webinar series offers information you can use to navigate life during the crisis every Tuesday at 2 pm ET. In the first installment, which was presented live on March 24, business coach Rita Goodroe shares tips for making the most of virtual connections.

The next Tuesdays at Two webinar is on March 31 at 2 pm ET. Marriage and family therapist Esther Boykin will present "Love in the Time of Corona: Survival Tips for Couples Working From Home." She'll share ideas for managing conflicts and anxieties, creative in-home date nights, creating a personal oasis, and scheduling time apart. If you are sharing your new work space with your spouse/partner, you'll want to catch this one. Register here, and bring your questions! 

On Tuesday, March 31 at 11:30 am ET, NAFA will present a webinar titled "Economic and Market Outlook for 2020-21 Post-Coronavirus" with Ben Ayers, Senior Economist at Nationwide, and Chuck DiVencenzo, NAFA President & CEO. Click here for more information and a registration link. 

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. Due to its popularity, another live session is scheduled on Tuesday, March 31 at 11 am ET. Register here -- but do it soon; space is limited.

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.

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.

Reading Material

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!

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

Contributions are welcome!

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 comments.

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.