Women in In­sur­ance Lead­er­ship 2016

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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

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