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Postponement of 2023 Comp Laude® Awards & Gala Highlights Event’s Importance in Workers’ Compensation Industry

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Sarasota, FL ( -- The much-anticipated 2023 Comp Laude® Awards & Gala, an annual highlight in the workers' compensation industry, has faced an unexpected turn of events. The ceremony, initially scheduled for October 13-14, 2023, at the luxury Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa in Dana Point, California, has been postponed. This difficult decision was influenced by a labor strike initiated by the Unite Here Local 11, which raised concerns among sponsors, attendees, and other event stakeholders.

Since its inception in 2014 by WorkCompCentral founder David J. DePaolo, the Comp Laude® Awards & Gala has filled a unique niche within the workers' compensation community. The event aimed to change the industry's prevailing narrative to a more constructive, positive, and inclusive dialogue. The advisory board, a collective of industry professionals with diverse perspectives and expertise, works meticulously to ensure the event's agenda aligns with its transformative mission.

The significance of this event is not confined to a particular group; instead, it casts a wide net, encompassing an array of professionals and stakeholders. The inclusion of the Comp Laude® spirit includes everyone from claims handlers and risk managers to lawyers, human resources professionals, and medical providers. Even injured workers are invited to participate, underscoring the event's commitment to providing a holistic view of the industry's challenges and opportunities.

Over the years, the event has proven to be a hotbed for thought-provoking conversations, educational workshops, and peer-to-peer networking. Attendees often leave the event with actionable insights and a renewed sense of purpose, eager to implement best practices gleaned from the various interactive sessions and round-table discussions. While aligning the annual agenda with the Comp Laude® mission, the board members often scrutinize emerging trends and challenges in the industry. This careful planning ensures that each year's event is topical and future-facing.

The Comp Laude® Awards are another highlight that sets this event apart. Open nominations encourage wide-ranging participation from the industry, creating a rich tapestry of candidates who exemplify excellence in various roles within the workers' compensation system. A select committee comprising advisory board members undertakes the important task of vetting these nominations, adhering to a stringent set of criteria that aligns with the event's foundational principles.

Sponsorship opportunities add another layer of depth to the event. They provide financial support and contribute to shaping the event's character. Companies interested in sponsorships are encouraged to act fast, as these exclusive opportunities are allotted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Stephen Acunto, Jr., an instrumental figure in orchestrating the Comp Laude® Awards & Gala as a leader from the parent organization, Business Insurance, reassured that the event's planning for the 2024 edition is well underway. Scheduled for October 9-10, 2024, this future event has stirred anticipation and promises to fill the void left by the postponement of this year's gathering.

For those with inquiries regarding the postponement or seeking further details, the event coordinators are reachable through While the delay of this year's event is a significant development, it underscores the vital role that Comp Laude® continues to hold in shaping the workers' compensation industry. As eyes now turn toward 2024, the next gathering is poised to offer an even more prosperous, more impactful experience that aims to transform the landscape of workers' compensation for the better.

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