2018 Women in In­sur­ance Lead­er­ship

This year’s honorees il­lus­trate the power of trans­for­ma­tive think­ing, ef­fec­tive team-build­ing and more for a chang­ing sec­tor.

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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.

COVER PHO­TOG­RA­PHY: ERIN PATRICE O’BRIEN

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

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