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What is Comp Laude® Awards & Gala?

The Comp Laude® Awards & Gala is an annual event hosted by WorkCompCentral and designed for all stakeholders in the workers’ compensation industry. The event is put together by the industry (our advisory board is comprised of individuals in many stakeholder roles), for the industry. The event includes informative sessions, an awards ceremony, and several networking events. The event was the vision of WorkCompCentral’s founder, the late David J. DePaolo.

When did the Comp Laude® Awards & Gala begin?

The event as it is today, including the awards component and combined with educational and networking sessions was launched in December 2014.

What is the goal or purpose of the Comp Laude® Awards & Gala?

The mission of the event is to change the narrative of the workers’ compensation industry to a more positive one. We aim to do this by encouraging all stakeholders to come together with an open mind for a couple of days to engage in meaningful dialogue, learn more about each other and explore ways we can create a more balanced system.

Where is the Comp Laude® Awards & Gala event held?

The event is held in Southern California. In 2014 the event was in Los Angeles. In 2015 - 2016 it was in Burbank, CA. In 2017 - 2018 the event was in San Diego, CA. In 2019, the event moved to Huntington Beach, CA. During the pandemic years of 2020 and 2021, the event was virtual, and we are happy to be back in Huntington Beach for 2022.

How long is the Comp Laude® Awards & Gala event?

The event spans two (2) days. For 2022, The Alliance of Women in Workers’ Compensation kicks off our event, followed by round-table sessions, Speed Dating, a Kids’ Chance of CA reception, and a welcome reception with the CC&R band on the first day. The second day includes a full day of exclusive sessions and activities designed to inspire attendees, followed by the highly-anticipated awards ceremony and it concludes with a reception to congratulate and mingle with the winners.

Who attends Comp Laude® Awards & Gala?

Workers’ compensation professionals across the country attend the event. All are invited and welcomed. Claims professionals, defense attorneys, applicant/claimant attorneys, employers, risk managers, human resource professionals, safety industry leaders, medical professionals, injured workers, third party administrators (TPAs), insurance carriers, regulators, vendors, and more. Any person with a role in the workers’ compensation industry and who would like to participate in making a positive impact in our industry is encouraged to attend.

Who decides what sessions will be part of the Comp Laude® Awards & Gala?

In 2022, we are departing from the open call for sessions and providing CEs for session topics. WorkCompCentral along with many service providers, and other conferences, provide educational sessions in this manner all through the year. Starting this year, the Comp Laude® Advisory Board collaborated to develop a series of round-table topics aligned with the mission of the Comp Laude® event. These topics will be announced with an invitation for speakers and industry thought leaders to request a seat at the table in April 2022. Sponsored sessions are determined by the company that sponsors them and are identified as sponsored sessions, i.e. Sedgwick’s Injured Worker Panel and Gallagher Bassett’s People’s Choice Award sessions.

How are the Comp Laude® Award winners determined?

Each year, at, nominations are open to the industry to nominate people and companies for a Comp Laude® Award. Anyone in the industry can nominate any person or company for an award. The awards are designed to highlight individuals and companies who are dedicated to advocating for injured workers, working to support a fair and balanced system, and simply doing the right thing. Click here to learn about the process for determining the Comp Laude® Awards.

Are there exhibitors at Comp Laude® Awards & Gala?

No. In lieu of exhibits, we offer vendors Speed Dating and a Vendor Lounge. Details will be available once the agenda is published, in April.

Are there sponsor opportunities at Comp Laude® Awards & Gala?

Yes. Each year there are a number of sponsor opportunities available. Sponsor opportunities range from $2,500 to $25,000. Companies are encouraged to contact WorkCompCentral early as many sponsor opportunities are exclusive and based on a first-come, first-serve basis. See the event prospectus here. For more information, contact or call 805-484-0333, ext. 1.