Council Director's Message

Greetings Members of California. 

I am excited to begin this journey as your Council Director (CD).  The next two years will be action-packed with anticipated growth and development throughout the state.  As your CD, it is important that members are invited to be involved, presented with educational and networking opportunities as well as having an extended leadership ladder should they want to move up in this organization.  The Public Relations and Membership Chairs have formed strong teams that will bring experience, knowledge, excitement and new ideas to California Council of IAIP.   Please check the “YOUR TEAM” page on this website. 

One of the first programs that we are inviting members to be involved in is the Ca Members Leadership Summit being held on July 28th.  This is the first project your Council Cabinet will be working on as a team.  It is for all members and if you are new to IAIP, I encourage you to attend.  You can find more information in the Calendar section of this website.  The Insurance Associates of Fresno (IAOF) is also working hard to prepare for the CA Council Meeting that will be held October 12th and 13th at the Hotel Piccadilly in FresYes.  More information regarding this will be coming from IAOF shortly.

Communication is the key to a successful team and the organization, so as your Council Cabinet we plan on communicating with members as frequently as we can to keep you apprised of upcoming events and or programs.   For Associations, kindly forward your current President, membership and program chair’s contact information to Dawn Manzano, CISR the Public Relations Chair@ and Jenny Schaeffler, the Membership Chair  They will keep the Presidents and MAL’s of upcoming events.   If you haven’t updated your personal profile on the IAIP website, please do as this is the way the Council Cabinet will be communicating with you. 

If you have any ideas or would like to volunteer for a Chair or committee at the Council Meeting, please contact Laura Gutierrez, CIC, CPIW (NC Assistant) and Brooke Lesniak (SoCal Assistant) Helen Jang, CLP is still in the background assisting where and when I need it.   You can also contact any member of the Council Cabinet. 

Hold on, it’s going to be a bumpy ride but well worth the thrill!   

Remember, together we are L.I.N.K.E.D. to the past, present, and future of IAIP. 

In fellowship,


Christine Chandler Tillett, PHR, CLP

Ca Council Director

Happy 2019!


For me, the beginning of each new year is a time of reflection: thinking about where I am, where I have been and how I got to this place. I am convinced that a great deal of the great things of 2018, was the result of being surrounded by wonderful members like you. I want to take this opportunity to say “thank you” for enriching my life personally and professionally.   I truly cherish your contributions whether big or small.  They are contributions. 😊

Did you make any resolutions for 2019?  Out with the old and in with the new, I say.  Let’s welcome new ideas, new members, new designations, new educational courses etc.  Whatever it is, make it new.  Sometimes splashing on a fresh coat makes things bright and wonderful.   Are you feeling blah, not much excitement or new for you?  Well, get on the 2019 L.I.N.K.E.D. to IAIP train.   We are going to rejuvenate and renovate in 2019.   As we move into 2019, it would be a good time to start planning your membership drives.  If you read The Connections members newsletter, you saw that they are reviewing and if needed renovating the educational programs being offered.  Two programs have already been reviewed and are up on the IAIP website, they are Facilitation 101 and the I CAN! course E&O Hotspots. Consider these courses for an upcoming local meeting or at your membership drive!  Whatever new idea to bring in members, do it.  It would also be a great time to reach out to those members who’ve drifted away for whatever reason.  Touch base with them, see how they are doing, invite them to an upcoming meeting.  Sometimes it just takes the personal touch that you care to bring members back. 

Presidents and MAL’s, as you start to plan your upcoming terms and or schedules for 2019, please remember the important events:

• Deadline for a scholarship through the Legacy Foundation is fast approaching- January 15th is the cut-off.  Scholarship applications can be submitted for individual members for various educational opportunities, to enhance their insurance knowledge, obtain designations or insurance related degrees or to attend IAIP conventions or conferences.

• Another reminder to budget for upcoming events in 2019- i.e. Inter-Coordinating Council Meeting (ICC) (January 26th), Region VII Conference (March 14-16) International Convention (June 6-8), Leadership Summit (July 20th) and Ca Council Meeting (October 4th & 5th).

• Don’t forget to participate in the current community action events being pushed by your Public Relations team.  Please check the website.  We’ve updated with some new information.  IPLA is doing a drive for Dress for Success.   

• Have you registered yet for the Inter-Coordinating Council (ICC) meeting on January 26th being hosted by the Insurance Professionals of Orange County?  Some great ideas for your enjoyment are being planned.  Don’t miss out. 

• Don’t forget to save the date for the Region VII Conference being hosted by Insurance Professionals of Sacramento (IPS) on March 14 – 16. 

• The National Convention will be June 5th – June 7th in Reno, Nevada.  You don’t want to miss it.

• We will have a Leadership Summit on Saturday, July 20th so remember to save the date.  We are focusing on the 2019 L.I.N.K.E.D to IAIP train.

• October 4th & 5th will be the Ca Council Meeting.  We are looking for sponsors and volunteers.  So… SAVE THE DATES!  

 Over the next couple of months, visits will be made by a member of the Council team.  Please let us know if you have an event, business meeting or membership drive that you would like Council representation.  We are here for you!!!

 Looking forward to a wonderful year. 

 In fellowship,


Christine Chandler Tillett, PHR, CLP     

Ca Council Director

Together we are L.I.N.K.E.D. to the past, present and future of IAIP!

Assistant Messages:

Welcome to the California Council of IAIP’s website.  I’m looking forward to an exciting time as the Northern California assistant to your new California Council Director, the fabulous Christine Chandler Tillett (even if she is a Broncos fan).  We are all very excited for this year’s California Council meeting, which will be hosted by the Insurance Associates of Fresno on October 12, 2018.   Christine and the host committee are planning a wonderful event, so we hope to see you all there.   But first, don’t forget about the Leadership Summit being held at the DoubleTree Hilton in Santa Ana on July 28th.    There will be amazing presenters giving us the “Back to Basics”, which I’m sure we can all use.    I look forward to seeing all of you at the various events throughout the coming year.

In fellowship,

Laura Gutierrez, CIC, CPIW - Northern California Assistant to the California Council Director

Welcome and I am glad you stopped by the California Councils website.  I am very excited about serving as the Southern California Assistant to your new California Council Director. For the upcoming year we will be having exciting events where we will be continue to build a great foundation and focusing on growth for your future in IAIP and your professional career. See you at the Members Leadership Summit at the end of July in Orange County!

In the fellowship, 

Brooke Lesniak - Southern California Assistant to the California Council Director

Important Dates Coming up....   For additional details and other events, check our calendar.

January 26, 2019 - Southern California Inter Coordinating Council Meeting - Orange County, CA
March 14-16, 2019 - Region VII Conference - Sacramento, CA

International Convention- Reno NV-June 6-8, 2019

CA Council Meeting - Los Angeles - October 4-5, 2019