Women in Insurance Leadership 2016
The 11th edition of INN’s program honoring exceptional female insurance professionals finds executives who stand out with digital innovation
10. Nandini Eswar, Esurance
11. Lynda Fleury, Unum
12. Cilsy Harris, The Hanover
13. Heather Milligan, Lincoln Financial Group
14. Jayne Olsen, Swiss Re
15. Elena Rasa, Generali
16. Kathleen Reardon, Hamilton Re
17. Amanda Reierson, Farmers
18. Beth Riczko, Westfield Group
20. Carrie Santonastaso, The Philadelphia Insurance Companies
This year’s honorees lean on next-generation technologies and customer insight to grow their businesses.
As Insurance Networking News’ Women in Insurance Leadership program enters its second decade, digitally focused consumers are transforming the industry more than ever. That shift has been a defining factor in many of this year’s honorees’ careers. From launching entire new units devoted to data and analytics, to leveraging the full power of digital technology for customer interaction, this class is on the vanguard of the changing insurance industry. All of them cite technology innovations and initiatives as feathers in their caps, from Lincoln Financial’s Heather Milligan’s drive to speed up life insurance underwriting to Cilsy Harris’ introduction of multivariate rating to The Hanover.
Through this year’s winners, we also see the insurance industry emerging as a destination where talented professionals can apply their skills in a way that drives immense impact on the business.
Philadelphia Insurance’s Carrie Santonastaso leveraged her training in sports medicine to revolutionize the way her company communicated with clients in need. Farmers’ Amanda Reierson brought expertise from stints at latter-day media companies like Yahoo and DirecTV to modernize the venerable P&C insurer. And Nandini Easwar of Esurance, who started her financial services career on the investing side, says that the diversity of outlets for creativity is a unique selling point for insurers.
Women in Insurance Leadership award nominations are collected throughout the spring and early summer, including submissions from insurance companies, analysts, and software vendors. This year, more than 40 women were nominated. The winners from the previous year and INN editors evaluate the nominations, looking for everything from innovative ideas with business impact to commitment to furthering the development of women in the industry. Read on and meet this year’s honorees.
Beth Riczko Westfield Insurance
Kathleen Reardon Hamilton Re
Amanda Reierson Farmers Insurance
Nandini Easwar Esurance
Jayne Olsen Swiss Re
Carrie Santonastaso Philadelphia Insurance Companies
Cilsy Harris The Hanover Insurance Group
Heather Milligan Lincoln Financial Group
Lynda Fleury Unum
Elena Rasa Generali