2018 Women in Insurance Leadership
This year’s honorees illustrate the power of transformative thinking, effective team-building and more for a changing sector.
As the insurance industry itself has changed, so have the skill sets of its leading female executives. Honorees discuss how to manage always-on, increasingly diverse workforces, and how to create organizations and teams that are more than the sum of their parts.
The Women in Insurance Leadership award program predates this publication being named Digital Insurance by a decade. But just as the industry itself has changed, so have the skill sets of its leading female executives. Technologically driven disruption is, perhaps rightly, on the top of nearly all honorees’ minds. Many discuss the need to break out of silos and old ways of thinking in the sector and think first about how customers view insurance in the context of all their dealings with other industries. What sets these winners apart from the pack is their ability to view the insurance value chain as something with lots of room for improvement, from the front-end to the back office, from the largest accounts to the smallest. And that manifests in many more ways than just “more mobile apps.” Honorees discuss how to manage always-on, increasingly diverse workforces, and how to create organizations and teams that are more than the sum of their parts. To select the Women in Insurance Leadership award winners, Digital Insurance issues a call for nominations. Submissions are collected from insurance companies, analysts and software vendors throughout the spring and early summer. Each year, more than 40 women are nominated. The winners from the previous year and Digital Insurance’s editors evaluate the entries, looking for everything from innovative ideas and ground-breaking technology deployments to a commitment to mentor other women in the industry. Read on to learn more about this year’s group of innovative thought leaders.
P.14 Ashley Pettit, State Farm P. 15 Jody Puffett, Transamerica P. 16 Lorena Ritchey, Nationwide P. 17 Stacey Schabel, Jackson National Life P. 8 Marissa Buckley, Security First Insurance P. 9 Indira Davidson, USAA P.10 Barb Furr, MetLife Auto and Home P. 11 Kimberly Holmes, AXA XL P.12 Donna Jermer, RGAX P.13 Tara Long, MassMutual
Marissa Buckley Indira Davidson Barb Furr
Kimberly Holmes Donna Jermer Tara Long
Jody Puffett Lorena Ritchey Stacey Schabel