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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, for the industry. The event includes a day and a half of educational sessions, an awards ceremony and several networking events. The event was the vision of WorkCompCentral’s founder, 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 Comp Laude® Awards & Gala?

The mission of the event is to change the narrative of the workers’ compensation industry to a more positive one, including all industry stakeholders.

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

The event, when live, 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. Due to the Covid19 Pandemic, in 2020 the event was virtual.

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

The event spans 2 days. Exhibitor setup, pre-conference sessions including a half-day session presented by the Alliance of Women in Workers’ Compensation and an opening reception kick off the event on the first day. The second day includes a full day of educational sessions, exclusive sessions designed to inspire attendees, the awards ceremony and it concludes with a reception to congratulate and mingle with the winners.

Who attends Comp Laude® Awards & Gala?

Workers’ compensation professionals from all over 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 thought leaders, medical professionals, injured workers, third party administrators (TPAs), insurance carriers, regulators, vendors and more. Anyone who has 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?

Each year, there is an open call for session topics and speakers. Anyone in the industry can make a suggestion on a topic / speaker at All sessions should fit within the overall mission of Comp Laude®: “to change the narrative of the workers’ compensation industry to a more positive one.” Once the open call for topics has closed, a committee comprised of Comp Laude® Advisory Board members reviews the sessions and votes on which topics to include in the current year’s event. The decision is based on a majority vote. Sessions that are sponsored are determined by the company who sponsors them and are identified as sponsored 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 and doing the right thing in the workers’ compensation system.
Click here to learn about the process for determining the Comp Laude® Awards.

Are there exhibitors at Comp Laude® Awards & Gala?

Yes. There are a limited number of exhibit spots available for companies to promote their services each year. Companies are encouraged to contact WorkCompCentral early as exhibits have sold out consistently in the past several years.

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

Yes. Each year there are a number of sponsor opportunities available. Sponsor opportunities range from $1,000 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.