Jill Beggs is currently the Head of New Strategic Markets for Munich Reinsurance America, Inc. (Munich Re) and oversees the newly formed Incubator Division as well as Cross Platform Development, Marketing and Communications. Jill is now a member of the Munich Re America Leadership Team in addition to an Executive Member of the Diversity and Inclusion Council and Executive Sponsor for the Young Professionals Employee Resource Group.
Prior to her current role, Jill was Head of Specialty Lines Underwriting for the National Clients Division of Munich Re where she managed Ocean Marine, Surety and Political Risk reinsurance written in the United States. She was a member of Munich Re’s Global Credit Portfolio Management Committee as well as the Innovation Point Person for Munich Re America's Reinsurance Division. She is a past member of Munich Re's Marine Global Line of Business Board.
Before leading the Specialty Lines Underwriting team, Jill was Senior Vice President and Property Underwriting Manager for the National Broker Clients Division. In this position, she was responsible for managing a team of treaty and facultative program underwriters focused on US broker-sourced business and direct national client accounts including Property Catastrophe, Per Risk and Proportional Reinsurance. She was a member of Munich Re’s Underwriting Platform Advisory Board and also served as the Lead for Munich Re America's Property Line of Business Expert Group.
Prior to joining Munich Re, Jill held positions at Prudential Reinsurance Company as a Financial Analyst and as an Associate Manager – International Division for Latin America, where she underwrote and managed property and casualty treaty business for nine South American countries. Jill continued with Everest Reinsurance Company as Director in the Treaty Property Department.
She is a Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and has earned the Associate in Reinsurance (ARe) designation. She is also a member of the Association of Professional Insurance Women (APIW) and the Central New Jersey Chapter of the CPCU.
Rebecca Braitling is the co-founder of InspiraWork LLC, a leadership and organizational development firm that focuses on accelerating the collective power of positive leaders. After practicing employment law at the national law firm of Ogletree Deakins, Rebecca developed her expertise in human resources at UBS Financial Services and Chubb Insurance, where she helped her clients foster positive work environments that improved organizational and individual effectiveness, increased operational efficiency, and mitigated legal risk. Rebecca now applies that same passion, purpose and positivity to help multiple organizations create a better future for them and their employees. Rebecca earned her JD from Seton Hall Law School and her BA in Sociology and Behavioral Sciences & Law from University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Jennifer Brown (@jenniferbrown) is an award-winning entrepreneur, dynamic speaker and diversity and inclusion expert. She is the founder, president and CEO of Jennifer Brown Consulting (JBC), a strategic leadership and diversity consulting firm that coaches business leaders worldwide on critical issues of talent and workplace strategy. Brown is a passionate advocate for social equality who delves into the “business case for diversity” as she helps businesses foster healthier, more productive workplace cultures.
With over a decade of experience consulting to Fortune 500 companies including Toyota, Starbucks, and Capital One, Brown is a highly sought-after expert source on changing demographics, specific communities of identity including women, people of color, LGBT individuals, generations like Millennials, and the role of male leaders in change efforts.
Brown has appeared in leading media outlets such as The New York Times, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and on Fox News. In the past several years, she has been named Social Entrepreneur of the year by the NYC National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), a finalist for the Wells Fargo Business Owner of the Year Award, a finalist for Ernst & Young’s Winning Women Program, one of the Top 40 Outstanding Women by Stonewall Community Foundation, and NYC Controller Bill Thompson’s LGBT Business Owner of the Year.
Brown’s new book Inclusion: Diversity, the New Workplace & the Will to Change (2016) will inspire leadership to embrace the opportunity that diversity represents and empower advocates at all levels to find their voice and be a driving force in creating more enlightened organizations that resonate in a fast-changing world.
Victoria Budson is a founder and the Executive Director of the Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. WAPPP is the preeminent institution for advancing interdisciplinary research on approaches to closing gender gaps, educating students and leaders on gender policy, and implementing policy changes at local, state, and national levels. WAPPP created and hosts one of the field’s most significant research seminars to foster faculty dialogue, promote the exchange of innovative ideas, and disseminate findings.
Budson’s policy advice is regularly drawn upon by leaders across the sectors including: the White House Council on Women and Girls, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the U.S. Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee, the U.S. Department of State, and the U.S. Army and Air Force, as well as multinational corporations leading on diversity and inclusion. She is Chairperson of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women and has served as a board member or advisor to numerous other organizations including the Eisenhower Fellowships,the Boston Mayoral Women’s Workforce Council, the Global Thinkers Forum, Womensphere,Women2Women, the Women and Public Service Project, and the National Council for Research on Women.
She speaks regularly on topics related to closing gender gaps such as gender and public policy, electoral politics and political action. Budson also addresses how diversity and gender equality improve the profitability of corporations and the prosperity of families and society. She focuses on evidence-based methods that are proven to improve diversity and gender equality in the workplace.
Budson is a frequent commentator for news publications, television, and radio programs including Budson is a frequent commentator for news publications, television, and radio programs includingCNN, Fox News, The New York Times, C-Span, CNBC, The Boston Globe, New York Times Magazine, US News & World Report, USA Today, and National Public Radio.
She has received numerous awards and honors. She was recognized by CNN as one of Ten Visionary Women from across the globe (2014) and by Boston Magazine, as a member of the “The new Power Class; the visionaries, idealists and thinkers whose insights are transforming theway we live, work, learn and play” (2014).
Budson graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College. She also earned a master degree in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University where she received the Lucius N. Littauer Fellow award for academic distinction and leadership.
Kerian Bunch is an accomplished attorney and member of executive management with a proven track record in the insurance industry, and more than 30 years of business and legal experience. She has garnered recognition by combining her dynamic energy and leadership skills in building compliance programs, in addition to legal and compliance infrastructure. Ms. Bunch serves as Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Head of Compliance and Corporate Secretary for the U.S. platform of Aspen Insurance Group (NYSE: AHL). She leads a team responsible for the legal and corporate compliance functions for the U.S. operations of Aspen Insurance. As a key member of the executive management team, Ms. Bunch is responsible for strategic development, oversight and management of legal, regulatory, corporate governance, corporate litigation and compliance programs. Further, Ms. Bunch’s team provides legal counsel regarding corporate and commercial matters including mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, marketing, intellectual property, labor and employment, real estate and compliance programs.
Prior to joining Aspen in early 2013, Ms. Bunch served as VP, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, Corporate Secretary and board member for Esurance Insurance Company, where she managed the legal and corporate compliance functions for a personal lines insurance carrier. From 1997-2007, Ms. Bunch managed the in-house Legal and regulatory team at Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company and also served as VP/Reinsurance Counsel. She launched her legal career at Chadbourne & Parke, LLP as an Associate in the Insurance/Reinsurance Practice Group. She is registered In-House Counsel with the New York Bar, and is a member of the Virginia State Bar and District of Columbia Bar. She earned a B.A. in Economics from The American University and a J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center.
Poyee Chiu aims to bring about positive and transformational changes in the workplace. Together with her fellow InspiraWorkers, she helps companies build and deploy strategies that drive leader development, build business critical experiences, and energize the workplace with creativity, purpose and inspiration. Through her past experience working with Chubb, Alliance Bernstein and Johnson & Johnson, she has solidified her background in the succession and talent management, organizational development, leadership program design, implementation and evaluation, career management, and employee engagement. Poyee completed her Bachelor of Science with a dual major in Mathematics and Psychology and a Master of Arts in Experimental Psychology from City University of New York, Brooklyn College. She received her Doctor of Psychology degree in Organizational Psychology from Rutgers, Graduate School of Applied & Professional Psychology.
Suzanne Covelli-Buntley is a founding member of InspiraWork LLC where she is dedicated to helping individuals and organizations develop the capability and inspiration to collectively thrive in a future that is wildly uncertain. Most recently, Sue served as the Global Talent Development Manager at Chubb Insurance where she designed progressive initiatives that moved business, leaders and careers forward. Her background also includes serving as an HR Generalist for Chubb Insurance and experience with Underwriting, Operations and Marketing at Prudential Insurance. Sue has her B.A. in Economics from the University of Illinois, Champaign Urbana and an M.B.A from DePaul University in Chicago. Her current passions include the power of change, positive psychology and the future of leadership. Sue also loves to volunteer with community organizations such as Girls on the Run, Operation Hope and the IICF.
Paula Downey is president and chief executive officer of CSAA Insurance Group, a AAA Insurer. With more than 100 years of experience serving AAA members, CSAA Insurance Group offers automobile, homeowners and other personal lines of insurance to AAA members through AAA clubs. CSAA Insurance Group has been rated A or higher by A.M. Best for 90 years, and is one of the top property and casualty personal lines insurers in the United States.
Ms. Downey joined CSAA Insurance Group and its AAA club affiliate, AAA Northern California, Nevada & Utah, as the chief financial officer in 2000. She was promoted to chief operations officer in 2003, president in 2005 and president and CEO in 2010. Previously, Ms. Downey had a career with the Auto Club Group in Dearborn, Michigan.
Ms. Downey serves on the boards of CSAA Insurance Group, AAA Club Partners, the Bay Area Council, the Insurance Information Institute and the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI). She is also a Governance Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors. She previously was a board member for BRE Properties, Inc., the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and Leadership California, as well as the Detroit Urban League, Michigan Metro Girl Scout Council, and Michigan Economic and Environmental Roundtable.
The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter named Ms. Downey the 2014 Humanitarian CEO of the Year in honor of her significant contributions to the Bay Area community. She has also been repeatedly recognized as one of the Bay Area’s Most Influential Women in Business by the San Francisco Business Times. In 2013, the publication named her one of the region’s ‘Most Admired CEOs’, specifically recognizing her for outstanding corporate citizenship. In May 2010, Ms. Downey accepted the Corporate Leader Award for the AAA club from Leadership California. She received the Diversity Best Practices 2008 CEO Leadership Award and the 2006 Spirit of Achievement Award from Junior Achievement.
Ms. Downey earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Michigan, Dearborn, and her MBA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Norman Eng leads the Innovation and Digital Solutions initiatives for Zurich North America’s Risk Engineering team, which works closely with customers to provide meaningful insights that help them efficiently and effectively manage their risks, prevent losses, and improve business resilience. Norman evaluates and implements innovative technologies in Risk Engineering to support these goals and deliver services digitally. One of those exciting innovations is exploring the use of data collected by drones/unmanned aerial vehicles in risk assessment, catastrophe response, and how they can benefit our customers.
Norman works closely with Zurich’s Community Investment team and their support of SBP, the New Orleans-based national disaster preparedness and recovery nonprofit. Leveraging Risk Engineering’s expertise in resiliency and emergency preparedness, SBP’s Disaster Resiliency and Recovery Lab developed an educational curriculum designed to train homeowners and small and mid-sized businesses on how to better prepare against wind and water damage that could have a detrimental impact to their communities.
Norman received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Boston University. In 2012, Norman received the Arthur Quern Quality Award from the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS). Norman is based in New York City.
Pascal Finette heads up everything Entrepreneurship at Singularity University, including the Startup Program, Global Expansion and the Entrepreneurship Track where he inspires, educates and empowers entrepreneurs tackling the world’s most intractable problems leveraging exponential technologies.
Pascal has spent his career pushing the boundaries of technology and passionately believes the Internet can deeply impact the betterment of mankind. He got started on the Net before there was a web browser, founded a couple of technology startups, led eBay’s Platform Solutions Group in Europe, launched a consulting firm helping entrepreneurs with their strategy & operations, invested into early-stage tech startups, led Mozilla’s Innovation Lab, created Mozilla’s accelerator program WebFWD, headed up Mozilla’s Office of the Chair and has invested into social impact organizations around the globe at Google.org. He also founded the non-profit organizations Mentor for Good and The Coaching Fellowship; the “GyShiDo” (Get Your S%#& Done) movement and publishes the opinionated newsletter, “The Heretic”, which is read by tens of thousands of entrepreneurs around the globe.
He frequently speaks and writes about the magic which happens at the intersection of entrepreneurship, technology & global impact. As a trained Co-Active executive coach Pascal works with clients on achieving their full leadership potential. But most of all – Pascal loves to work with entrepreneurs who are making things better and go from zero to one.
Barry Franklin currently serves as North America Head of Risk for Zurich Insurance, a position he has held since joining Zurich in late 2011. Prior to this, Barry worked as an actuarial and risk management consultant for over twenty years, leading the North America Corporate ERM consulting practice of Towers Watson (now Willis Towers Watson), serving as Group Managing Director of the Americas for Aon Global Risk Consulting and as a Partner and Consulting Actuary with Ernst & Young LLP. His early career experience included nearly ten years of varied actuarial pricing and reserving roles with Allstate and Zurich-American.
Barry is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a Chartered Enterprise Risk Analyst. He is active in leadership within the actuarial profession, currently serving on the CAS board of directors, representing the CAS on the CERA Global Association board, serving as a member of the CAS Risk Management Committee and acting as chair of the CAS Audit Committee. Barry holds a Bachelor of Sciences degree from Northern Illinois University, with a major in Probability & Statistics and a minor in Economics.
Dawn Frazier-Bohnert joined Liberty Mutual Insurance in 2013 to shape the new office of Diversity and Inclusion. As Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Dawn is responsible for leading the design, development and implementation of Liberty Mutual's diversity and inclusion strategy and programs. This includes enhancing employees’ D&I capability, internal and external communications, metrics, benchmarking, external partnerships and the development of employee resource groups.
Prior to joining Liberty Mutual Insurance, Dawn was Chief Administrative Officer and Partner at Global Novations, a Korn/Ferry International Company. Before employment with Global Novations, she was at The Gillette Company as Vice President, Global Diversity and Inclusion, where she developed and led their Global Diversity Strategic Plan. Dawn has also held HR leadership positions at Lotus/IBM, Fidelity Investments and Millennium Pharmaceuticals.
Dawn attended Mount Holyoke College and graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Science degree. She belongs to the Women’s Network Advisory Board for the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. Dawn is on the GK100 list of Boston’s 100 Most Influential People of Color and the 2016 Black Enterprise List of “Top Executives in Corporate Diversity.” She is also a recipient of the 2016 Profiles in Diversity Journal Diversity Leader Award.
Suzanne Hart is a Senior Vice President at Two Sigma Investments. Suzanne is a member of the Two Sigma Insurance Quantified group and has worked to launch the Attune partnership with AIG & Hamilton. Prior to this role Suzanne worked for the COO of Two Sigma Investments helping to launch several new business initiatives. Before joining Two Sigma, Suzanne held multiple roles at Deutsche Bank in New York and London. Most recently she served as the global head of Client Solutions for Listed Derivatives & Markets Clearing platform where she oversaw the launch of the client clearing platform. Suzanne holds an M.A. in Art Business from Sotheby’s Institute in London (2004) and a B.A. in Art History from George Washington University (2003).
Pam Jeffords is a partner at Mercer and a global expert on diversity and inclusion in the workplace. She advises global employers on how they can break through the inertia and drive progress with their gender diversity initiatives. She has been featured in numerous publications, including the National Association of Corporate Directors, Fortune magazine and was a contributor to Mercer’s research When Women Thrive, Businesses Thrive.
Pam is a member of the Global Leadership Council for Colorado State University’s College of Business, a member of the NACD, a Limited Partner in The JumpFund, and has served as Chair of Women United for the Mile High United Way where she received the prestigious Frances Wisebart Jacobs award for philanthropy.
Pam holds an undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Georgia State University. Pam lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband and four children.
Ivy Kusinga was appointed to Senior Vice President and Chief Culture Officer following ACE Limited’s acquisition of Chubb; a transaction that created a global leader in property and casualty insurance. Within this role, Ivy is responsible for overseeing the culture integration by ensuring the clarity and consistency of Chubb’s culture. Chubb’s culture of craftsmanship is characterized by its commitment to superior underwriting, execution and service. Chubb also strives to be a diverse and inclusive meritocracy positioned to continually attract and retain the best talent.
Prior to this role, Ivy worked for Ace Overseas General within the Accident and Health team as VP of Business Development. She was Vice President of Talent and Development for ACE North America responsible for supporting the assessment and development of talent, while also providing the overall management of the Learning and Development function. Ivy joined the ACE Group in 2000 as Project Manager of Global Training & Development in the Bermuda region. She was appointed to the Director of Learning & Development in 2002 and subsequently, as the Head of Learning and Development for ACE North America in 2006.
Ivy currently serves as a Board Member with the Bermuda Wellness Foundation (BWF), The Pedro Arrupe Center for Business Ethics in the Haub School of Business, Saint Joseph’s University and Gamma Iota Sigma (GIS), an international business fraternity for students of insurance, risk management and actuarial science.
With 20 years of work experience, Ivy has a BA (cum laude) in International Development from St. Mary’s University, Nova Scotia.
Bo Young Lee is a Transformational Diversity & Inclusion Leader who currently serves as the Global D&I Leader of Marsh LLC and Guy Carpenter. She is a globally recognized human capital executive with over 18 years of experience. The first person to step into the D&I leadership role at Marsh, Bo’s responsibilities include both the development and deployment of the Global Diversity & Inclusion strategy and action plan.
Prior to joining Marsh, Bo was the Global Practice Leader for Diversity Best Practices Consulting. Bo also launched and led Aon Hewitt’s Global Emerging Workforce Solutions consulting practice and held diversity leadership roles at Ernst & Young and National Grid. Bo has an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business and a BBA magna cum laude from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.
LoriAnn Lowery-Biggers is the CEO and co-founder of BellaVaughan, Inc., an award winning global diamond and design company with collections exclusively distributed worldwide through BlueNile, Inc. LoriAnn has over 25 years of experience in the global finance and insurance industry, notably in executive roles as President of Lloyd’s of London-North America, the Navigators Group, Inc (Nasdaq: NAVG) where she served in various capacities as President of Field Operations and CMO. She has previously held positions as the Managing Director and National Practice Leader for Risk Management and Financial Products for Wells Fargo Insurance Services and served as Vice-Chairman of the Wells Fargo Captive, and as the Managing Director and Practice Leader for Enterprise Risk Management, Alternative Risk Finance and Risk Solutions at Marsh and McLennan.
She served as the Chairperson of the PCI Underwriting and Marketing Committee and on thePCIExecutiveRoundtable. SheisontheboardofdirectorsofCopperPointMutual Insurance Company and serves on the advisory board of Brown and Riding Insurance, Inc.
She serves on the boards of the A21 Campaign, PropelWomen, Equip and Empower, Inc., and Global Advance, Inc. She is on the board of NYAC College Center for Global Studies. She sits on the Counsel on Litigation Management and is a Member of Global YPO (Young President’s Organization). LoriAnn has served on the national board of Prevent Child Abuse America for 10 years, and was previously on the advisory board of St. John’s University.
LoriAnn served on the 2008-2009 P&C CEO Roundtable. LoriAnn was chosen as a 2012 Reactions Magazine “12 Insurance Leaders to Watch” and 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2010 Reactions Magazine “Rising Star” award recipient. She is a 2008 Business Insurance Magazine “Woman to Watch” and a BI Magazine “Top 40 under 40”.
LoriAnn was a speaker at the 2015 Society of Actuaries Conference, the national Rims/ALB 2009 CEO’s View From The Top. She has been a speaker and panelist at multiple national Rims conventions, the Society of Actuaries, IICF, an APIW keynote speaker, FEI national keynote speaker, the keynote speaker at Pink Inc., She has been a panelist and keynote speaker at multiple conferences and events to include: National Association of Securities Dealers, multiple state rims events, financial executives conferences throughout the country, AM Best, CPCU, NY Economics Club, British American Business, Napslo, ALB, AAMGA, Prima and ABA. LoriAnn has been the subject of feature articles in the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Business Insurance, National Underwriter, Leader’s Edge, Reactions Magazine, Focus Magazine, and twice as the cover of Best Weekly. She is a contributor to the Harvard curriculum “How Star Women Succeed”.
LoriAnn’s community service activities are extensive. Most notable are mission trips for Habitat for Humanity in Louisiana, Georgia and Kansas; and serving between 1996-2002 as an advisor for Service Over Self. Over the recent years, LoriAnn has made trips to Lebanon, Singapore, Thailand, Japan, South Africa, Israel, Iraq, Greece, Spain, Malaysia, Portugal, Italy, Guatemala and Mexico on mission trips that have involved protection of civil liberties and the protection of abused and exploited women and children as well as teaching ethical business practices to business leaders and entrepreneurs in those countries and she is passionate about her work with the A21 Campaign which works to abolish human trafficking globally.
LoriAnn, a sixth generation Texan, moved back to Dallas from New York in 2008 where she resides with her husband.
Yuhan Li is the co-Founder and VP for Product at Happy Life Tech Insurance, a major business unit within the Happy Life Tech Group (HLT), a startup company in China that is aimed at transforming the healthcare industry. She is mainly responsible for the business strategy and product design at HLT insurance.
Ms. Li joined HLT in 2015. She has built the HLT insurance operation team which now consists of 100 members. Under her leadership, HLT insurance has reached strategic partnership with top 5 Chinese insurance companies. HLT has become one of the leading AI and Big data Platforms in Chinese health insurance industry.
Xin Li is the founder and CEO of Ding Ran Technology Inc. (Ding Ran Tech) based in Shenzhen, China. Ding Ran Tech not only provides usage based insurance (UBI) actuarial pricing modeling services to insurance carriers, it also provides a platform of vehicle telematics that connects and consolidates the data from car manufacturers and other players in the auto industry. She is the first person that successfully introduced UBI modeling to China and developed the systematic application that is now taking strides in the Chinese automobile insurance industry. Up to February 2017, over 500,000 vehicles are on Ding Ran Tech’s UBI online platform. Its partners include many of the leading property and casualty carriers in China: Ping An, China Pacific and China Life Property among others.
Before starting her own company, she was Chief Actuary and Vice President for Fu De Property Insurance Co. and Chief Actuary of Liberty Mutual (China) Co. Prior to that, she had worked at AAA Michigan, Nationwide, the Hartford and Liberty Mutual here in the US. She has dual master degrees in insurance and actuarial science from Central University of Finance and Economics and University of Michigan. She is an Associate of the Society of Actuaries (ASA).
Michael Menhart has been the Munich Re Group’s Chief Economist since 2007.
In this role, he is responsible for the topic areas of national and international economics, economic policy, and research on insurance markets and future trends, among others.
Dr. Menhart also heads the Munich Re’s Corporate Responsibility department.
Before moving to Munich Re in 2005, Dr. Menhart was a business consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he advised global companies operating in the financial and insurance sectors, on strategic projects.
Dr. Menhart graduated with a degree in economics from the University of Augsburg, and also obtained his doctorate from the Faculty of Business and Economics there, with a dissertation on the topic of innovation dynamics in the German insurance market. He obtained his M.A. in Economics at Wayne State University in Detroit/USA.
Margaret Milkint is Managing Partner of The Jacobson Group and leads the firm’s U.S. Executive Search practice. She handles executive management and actuarial searches on a global basis in the areas of life, property and casualty, healthcare, reinsurance, and consulting (benefits, life and health, property and casualty) for the organization's retained search practice. She also plays a significant role in the continued development of the entire organization as a member of Jacobson’s Executive Management Team. Margaret is a key player in establishing cross-border relationships and broadening the firm’s global reach.
Margaret joined the firm more than 25 years ago and has successfully completed search engagements, including Board of Director members, CEOs, CMOs, CFOs, COOs, CIOs, CROs, Chief Underwriters and Chief Actuaries. Her domestic and international search expertise encompasses disciplines such as actuarial, analytics, underwriting, risk, finance and investment, legal, IT, start-ups, sales and marketing, and claims.
As the co-founder of the Women’s Insurance Networking Group (WING), Margaret is a champion of diversity and inclusion in leadership in the insurance industry. WING was launched as a platform for networking among the insurance industry’s female leaders and enlightened males, those who understand the importance of diversity and inclusion in leadership in the insurance industry. Margaret is also the U.S. Committee Chair for The Insurance Supper Club, a network of senior women in the insurance industry that provides a forum to meet, network and debate business issues while seeking to inspire the next generations of leaders in the industry and the community as a whole.
Margaret's expertise on career and recruiting issues is widely-recognized throughout the industry. She was most recently called upon to share her perspectives with NAMIC Insurance Magazine, Best’s Review, and Carrier Management. She further communicates her insights with the industry through bylined articles; these were most recently featured in AIRROC Magazine, IASA Interpreter and AMCOMP. Margaret is also called on to speak at many regional and national conferences, including National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC), Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI), Society of Actuaries (SOA) and the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS).
Norah O'Donnel is the co-host of “CBS This Morning.” She also contributes to “60 Minutes” and fills in as anchor for the “CBS Evening News.” O’Donnell joined “CBS This Morning” in July 2012. Prior to that, she served as CBS News Chief White House Correspondent.
Since joining “CBS This Morning,” O’Donnell has interviewed President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden for “60 Minutes,” and some of the world’s most notable figures, including His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales, Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai and the Dalai Lama. She won The Merriman Smith Memorial Award for excellence in presidential news coverage for her 60 Minutes interview with Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden on his decision not to run for president. O’Donnell also landed the first interview with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell at the height of the league’s domestic violence scandal. She covered the historic election of Pope Francis in Vatican City as well as his first Apostolic Voyage to the United States. She also reported from the scenes of the San Bernardino terror attack and the Boston Marathon bombing, and was part of the CBS News team that received an Alfred I. DuPont Award for the network’s coverage of the 2012 Newtown massacre.
In the anchor chair, O’Donnell has brought the show success. CBS This Morning has delivered year-over- year audience growth for 49 consecutive months.
O’Donnell won a 2016 Gracie Award for Best News On-Air Talent and was named “Broadcaster of the Year” by the New York State Broadcasters Association in 2014. Prior to joining CBS News, O’Donnell worked for more than a decade at NBC News, where she covered the Pentagon, Congress, and the White House. Her assignments took her around the globe: she reported from every continent except Antarctica with the either the President of the United States or the Secretary of Defense.
O’Donnell has covered a number of breaking news stories. She reported from the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, and received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Breaking News Coverage for a “Dateline NBC” story titled, “D.C. In Crisis.” In the months following the attacks, she traveled extensively with then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, including on his first trip to Afghanistan following the terrorist attacks.
O’Donnell was NBC News White House Correspondent during the 2004 presidential elections, covering the campaigns of then-President George W. Bush and Senator John Kerry. Prior to covering the White House, O’Donnell was NBC News Congressional Correspondent, reporting on the lead-up to the Iraq War. She also covered the 2000 presidential campaign. In all, O’Donnell has covered four presidential campaigns and reported from every political convention since then.
She began her career as a print reporter for Roll Call, a Capitol Hill newspaper, for which she covered the impeachment of President Clinton and traveled the country covering congressional elections.
A firm believer in empowering women, O’Donnell sits on the Board of Directors of the International Women’s Media Foundation.
Born into a military family, O’Donnell grew up in San Antonio, Texas; Landstuhl, Germany; Seoul, South Korea; and Washington, D.C. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy as well as a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies. She is married to Geoff Tracy, a restaurateur in Washington, D.C. They have three children.
Sarah Pang is Senior Vice President of CNA’s Corporate Communications department, which is responsible for all communications to internal and external audiences. She directs the team’s support of CNA business objectives in the following ways: segment/product line marketing, advertising, media and public relations, employee communications, business communications to agents and CNA’s field operations, executive speeches and presentations, and corporate giving.
Prior to joining CNA in 2001, Sarah spent nine years as First Deputy Chief of Staff to Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. She provided oversight and coordination for the city’s 48 departments and agencies, and direct management of special mayoral projects. She also served as liaison to federal, state and local government officials, civic organizations and private sector partners.
Sarah served for 10 years as Executive Assistant to U.S. Senator Alan J. Dixon. Her responsibilities included management of a statewide constituent service operation and assisting the senator with legislative matters pertaining to Illinois projects, cases, community groups and business organizations.
She is a member of the Regional Transit Authority Board of Directors, member of the Advisory Board of the Chinese American Service League, member of the Lincoln Park Zoo Board of Directors and Chairman of the One Chicago board of directors. She was the 2011 Co-Chair of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s transition team.
Marya J. Propis is the Head of Broker Engagement for AIG's U.S. Commercial group. In this role, she formulates and operationalizes sales strategies to support product, segment, and industry growth initiatives to ensure execution via broker channels. In this Senior Sales position, she is responsible for developing the standards and practices that shape AIG’s market engagement and behavior at point of sale with broker partners. She defines and drives AIG’s distribution priorities including formulation, execution, and administration of all broker sales, strategic and incentive plans. Appoints and manages US team of primary relationship managers (Executive Broker Managers) for largest retail producer relationships, and sets best practices for wholesale broker engagement. Partners with all Commercial business units and the field to shape communications, sales and growth initiatives, including corporate sales training for all AIG market-facing employees.
Works with Zone Presidents, Managing Directors, Executive Broker Managers, Client Directors and Business Development Managers to develop, direct and drive effective Sales & Distribution management tactics. Sets performance goals and standards for all broker engagement activities and responsibilities and works closely with AIG’s Client Engagement practice to support client-centric execution in the Major Accounts segment. Responsible for developing and executing initiatives to advance growth product initiatives, including new products and product enhancements. Extensive knowledge of the domestic Excess and Surplus lines segment; Property, Casualty, Financial Lines and Specialty businesses. Collaborates closely with AIG’s personal lines practice relative to broker management strategies and cross-sell initiatives. Some knowledge of Canadian and Latin American marketplaces.
Marya represents AIG on the Spencer Educational Foundation Board of Directors and also serves on their Executive Committee and as Gala Chairperson 2016 - 2017. Committed to high potential development and diversity initiatives, Marya is an Executive Sponsor for AIG’s Young Professionals Employee Resource Group for the NY Metro area, comprised of approximately 800 members and focused on leadership, mentoring, visibility and networking. She supports AIG’s University Relations efforts, speaking on college and university campuses to risk management and insurance students.
Marya served in 2015 and 2016 as a Judge at the RIMS Spencer Student Risk Management Challenge. Marya also speaks regularly on the topic of developing women in leadership, both to internal and external audiences.
Prior to her current role, Marya served as Head of Distribution Management for AIG’s US & Canada Property Group and Lexington Insurance (April 2013 to March 2016) and prior to that, Regional Industry Practice Officer from October 2011 to April 2013.
She joined AIG in March 2005 and has held several additional leadership roles at Lexington and AIG, including Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing; Chief Operating Officer of Risk Specialists Companies Insurance Agency, Inc. (Lexington’s field operations); and Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Lexington, which included oversight of the Communications and Event team.
Marya was awarded the Global Women’s Leadership award at AIG in 2016, and was recognized in January 2017 by the New York Business Journal as a Woman of Influence. She serves on the IICF executive women’s advisory team advising on their global and regional women’s leadership events.
Prior to joining AIG, she was Marketing Director at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. in Boston, Massachusetts, and a Marketing Manager at Scott, Danahy, Naylon Agencies in Buffalo, New York.
Marya holds Bachelors degrees in English and Communications from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York.
Jen Prosek is the founder and CEO of Prosek Partners, a leading international public relations and financial communications consultancy with offices in New York, London,Los Angeles and Connecticut. The firm ranks among the top 20 independent public relations firms in the US and among the top five financial communications consultancies in the US and UK. The firm has been listed as an Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Company of the Year for seven years running and ranked among the Top 25 in New York Observer’s PR Power List in 2016.
Prosek is a published author and frequent speaker. Her book "Army of Entrepreneurs," published in 2011, received praise from Columbia Business School, Wharton and INSEAD. Her second book "Raising Can-Do Kids," co-authored with Brown Ph.D. Richard Rende, was published by Penguin Random House in the summer of 2015. Prosek received her MBA from Columbia University and a BA in English literature from Miami University. She is on the board of directors of the Arthur Page Society, BritishAmerican Business, and the Institute for Public Relations. In 2016 Prosek was listed in PR Week's Global PR Power Book.
Daniel Schreiber is CEO & co-founder of Lemonade, the insurance company powered by Artificial intelligence and behavioral economics. Prior to Lemonade Daniel served as President at Powermat, whose wireless power became a default feature in the world's foremost smartphones (Samsung), venues (Starbucks) and cars (GM). Prior to Powermat Daniel served as SVP Corporate Marketing at Sandisk, with global responsibility for the company's social media, press relations, 50 web and ecommerce sites and major rebranding. During the iPod's heyday, Daniel served as SVP and GM of Sandisk's Audio-Video business unit, attaining #1 market share worldwide after Apple. Daniel was also SVP and GM of SanDisk's Mobile Network Operator business unit, supplying unique hardware and software to 10 of the largest 10 carriers worldwide. Daniel joined SanDisk via the $1.6B acquisition of msystems, where he served as VP Marketing and BD. He was co-founder and CEO, Alchemedia Inc., a content security software company, and began his career as a corporate-commercial attorney.
Russina Sgoureva serves as Senior Vice President and Head of Business Technology Transformation for Personal Lines at Farmers Insurance. In that role, she is charge of overseeing a cross functional team focused on implementing a new policy processing system for the Farmers Personal Lines product portfolio. This program represents the largest business transformation initiative undertaken by Farmers in the past 20 years.
Ms. Sgoureva brings 20 years of product management, pricing, strategy and consulting experience. She joined Farmers in 2007 as Regional Vice President in charge of California Auto product. Since then she has held a variety of roles, overseeing teams in other states and products, including Bristol West and Farmers Home. Most recently, Ms. Sgoureva oversaw the Farmers Auto, Bristol West, Home, FACT and the California Earthquake Authority products distributed through close to 4000 Farmers exclusive agents in California. This included Profit and Loss responsibility for $3.5 billion in Personal Lines premium.
Prior to Farmers, Ms. Sgoureva worked as a Product Manager at Progressive Insurance, and a management consultant at McKinsey & Company in Los Angeles where her focus was on technology and financial services.
Ms. Sgoureva received her Bachelors in Science with honors and her PhD in Applied Mathematics from the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena in 1994 and 1998 respectively. Ms. Sgoureva was appointed in 2014 by the California Commissioner Dave Jones to represent Farmers on the Advisory Panel of the California Earthquake Authority and in 2015 she became a member of the Guidewire Strategic Advisory Council.
Sarah Street is Executive Vice President, Strategy and Innovation Initiatives for XL Catlin. Her responsibilities include acting as a director and investment team member for XL Innovate, a venture capital initiative sponsored by XL Catlin that invests in global entrepreneurial teams with ideas for innovative approaches, applications and technology-driven enhancements of insurance and risk management. Sarah is also a member of XL Catlin’s Strategy Council, acts as Non-Executive Chairman of New Ocean Management, XL Catlin’s insurance linked asset manager, and is involved in a number of other new and innovative initiatives at XL Catlin.
Prior to assuming this role, Sarah was Chief Investment Officer of XL Group for more than nine years. As Chief Investment Officer, she was responsible for investment strategy, including asset allocation, performance, compliance and risk management and was a member of XL Group’s leadership team.
Sarah joined the XL companies in 2001 as Chief Executive Officer of XL Capital Investment Partners, where she led both the hedge fund investing activities and investment manager affiliate program where XL Capital Investment Partners buys minority stakes in specialty asset management companies.
Before joining XL Group, Sarah served at JPMorgan Chase for 16 years, including 10 years focused on hedge funds. Sarah earned her M.A. with honors from Oxford University, UK.
A. Morris Tooker is Chief Underwriting Officer for the company’s property and casualty businesses.
As Chief Underwriting Officer, Mo oversees product and underwriting across The Hartford’s Property & Casualty businesses, which include its Small Commercial, Middle Market, Specialty Commercial and Personal Lines segments. Teams that provide line of business oversight, emerging insurance risk insights, ceded reinsurance programs and risk engineering services also report to him. Mo leads the company’s thought leadership on P&C risk appetite, position on insurance emerging risks and also works closely with our executive leadership team on business expansion opportunities. Mo chairs the company’s Underwriting Risk Committee.
Tooker is a 25-year property and casualty industry veteran with insurance and reinsurance experience. He joined The Hartford in July 2015 from General Reinsurance Corporation, where he served most recently as President. In this role, he had responsibility for Gen Re’s global property and casualty reinsurance business. Previously, Mo oversaw Gen Re’s global treaty reinsurance and property, engineering and marine facultative businesses. He has 19 years of international business experience, including 12 years servicing international markets from the United Kingdom.
Tooker received his bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College in ecomonics and environmental studies.
Jane Tutoki joined Cunningham Lindsey in June 2014 as Global CEO. Prior to her current role with Cunningham Lindsey, Tutoki was Global Head of Claims Operations at AIG, Xchanging’s Global Head of Claims and Chief Claims Officer at Zurich Financial Services. Prior to joining Zurich North America Commercial in August 2007, Jane worked in Switzerland as the global chief claims officer for Zurich Financial Services. Earlier roles included Vice President of Auto Claims for Farmers Insurance Exchanges and Vice President of Commercial Claims operations for The Hartford Insurance Company.
Tutoki began her affiliation with the insurance industry as a trial lawyer performing defense work for numerous insurance companies, then becoming in-house counsel for the Continental/CNA insurance company, before joining The Hartford in 1993. She is a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and is a past member of the Board of Directors of Electricidad de Caracas (EDC), a Venezuelan electric company, a subsidiary of the AES Corporation.
Jane holds a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor’s degree in management from Seton Hill College. She is admitted to practice law before the Supreme Courts of Pennsylvania, New York and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Sophia Yen is Head of U.S. Insurance Strategy & Operations at KPMG. Sophia brings close to 20 years of experience to KPMG in key leadership positions and senior executive industry roles. Sophia has led several global initiatives focusing on strategic growth, innovation, M&A integrations and separations, integrated business and financial strategic planning, and designing & streamlining target operating models.
Sophia’s team produces best in class practices fused with emerging trends and operational efficiencies in order to drive profitable growth. At KPMG, Sophia is a key leader at the Insurance Innovation Lab. At the Insurance Innovation Lab, clients experience a full immersion of industry leading practices and disruptive technologies in order to catapult them along their transformation journey.
Before KPMG, Sophia drove the transformation at UBS Investment Bank where she achieved over 30m in cost savings. Prior to UBS, Sophia was at Swiss Re where she held several senior leadership roles including running their Americas Client Solutions team, SVP of Financial Services Origination, Chief of Staff to the CEO & COO, and Head of Operations and Reporting, where she was responsible for the strategic financial planning and operations of a $2.5+ billion portfolio and a member of the Americas Executive Committee.
Sophia started her career as a Management Consultant with Accenture. She holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor of Science from Boston College (Double Major: Finance & Management Information Systems). Sophia is a regular industry speaker at CFO, CIO, COO, & Strategy conferences throughout the Americas, EMEA, & Asia.
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