IICF Women in Insurance Conference Series
2018 Regional Forums
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Nichole Barnes Marshall has built a remarkable career in Diversity and Inclusion leadership. Always seeking to empower others, Nichole has dedicated her time and talents to endeavors that enable people to take their lives to the next level.
Nichole currently serves as Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion for Aon plc, the world’s leading provider of risk management, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resources solutions and outsourcing services. She leads the development and implementation of inclusion and diversity strategies for Aon’s 72,000 colleagues in more than 120 countries. Since assuming the role, Nichole has established a framework of policy and practices that have advanced Aon’s recognition as a top company for diversity and inclusion. Among her accomplishments, she led a global team that defined the firm’s diversity and inclusion goals and accountabilities, was instrumental in the adoption of leadership development initiatives for women and people of color, and expanded Aon’s Business Resource Groups, now spanning more than seventy chapters.
Nichole has a robust background with 20 years of expertise in Diversity and Inclusion leadership, Talent Acquisition and Community Relations. Before joining Aon, Nichole was Senior Manager of Inclusion and Diversity for W.W. Grainger, Inc., where she led the successful execution of Grainger’s inclusion and diversity strategies in the areas of inclusive culture, education and workforce diversity. She also previously worked for Aon in roles of Director of Community Affairs and Diversity Recruitment Manager, where she demonstrated leadership in engaging employees in the community and attracting the best and brightest diverse talent the marketplace had to offer. She has also served in HR leadership roles at Tribune Company and IBM Global Services.
Throughout the years, Nichole has been actively engaged in the Chicago-area community and has played a leadership role in several important civic and professional organizations, including Leadership Greater Chicago, The Executives’ Club of Chicago, The Chicago Sinfonietta, The Museum of Science and Industry – Black Creativity Advisory Committee, The National Association of African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR) and Chicago United. An avid reader and public speaker, Nichole is also a commercial voice actor and a sought after speaker and facilitator for numerous conferences, symposia and events.
Nichole is a graduate of Western Illinois University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Sociology. A devoted wife and mother, Nichole is married to her sweetheart Kenny Marshall, and has 3 beautiful children; Kennedy, Erin and Nicholas.
Lisa Bartha has been committed to the insurance industry for more than 25 years. Most recently Lisa has been accountable for leading employee and customer experience initiatives across the organization. Lisa has always been enthusiastic about engaging diverse teams to bring about change and has effectively done this in both operations and IT. Prior to that Lisa’s insurance career was in underwriting and marketing.
In addition to a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Alvernia University, Lisa has an Masters in Business Administration from the University of Maryland, holds the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter designation and is PMP certified by the Project Management Institute.
Robert Bauer serves as Managing Director for Commercial Strategy and Innovation, AIG. His group helps define, articulate, and drive AIG’s most strategic Commercial business priorities. At present the group is working realize opportunities presented by the Internet of Things and Sharing Economy.
Rob creates and leads Innovation partnerships at AIG including a think-tank for autonomous vehicle data sharing, ongoing relationship the Consumer Electronics Show/Association, Kleiner Perkins which recently produced a whitepaper on the Data Sharing Economy, University of Chicago that resulted in an IoT Risk Managers’ Checklist, and more. His team led diligence to invest in an industrial grade wearable technology company, Human Condition Safety.
Rob sits on the Innovation Committee for the American Insurance Association, and the Board of Directors of for the Bellwether Forum, Together for Safer Roads – a private sector non-profit he helped create for AIG in partnership with peers at Facebook, Walmart, AT&T, ABInBev, GM, and IBM. He is on the Board of Advisors for the Internet of Insurance. Rob manages AIG’s relationship with the Brookings Institute Metropolitan Cities Initiative in Washington, DC and Plug and Play Technology Accelerator in San Francisco.
Rob joined AIG in January 2012 as Head of Corporate Communications for Global Casualty. He added communications responsibility for three additional business units: Property, Specialty, and Multinational in the next three years. Prior to joining AIG, Rob spent seven years with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), based in Washington and Los Angeles as Director of Global Strategic Planning. From 2009-2011, Rob was Director of External Affairs for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation where he planned and managed a global campaign to honor the 100th birthday of America’s 40th President. The effort that included a $15 Million sponsorship with GE, statue dedications and street namings in Prague, London, Moscow, Krakow, and Budapest earned the 2012 PR Week “Campaign of The Year.”
A lawyer by training, Rob earned his BA and JD from Georgetown University. He has written speeches for Afghan President Hamid Karzai, US President George W Bush, and Mongolian President, Elbegdorj Tsakhia.
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.
MJ Bensick is the Director of Human Resources for the New York/New Jersey Region of Travelers. She is a strategic business partner to leaders within the Field Underwriting organization of Travelers. As a trusted advisor, she works with the business to drive strategy through innovative employee engagement initiatives that address today’s business challenges of attracting, retaining, and developing top talent to achieve business objectives.
MJ has more than 15 years of HR experience. Her employment history includes working at Chubb Insurance, Morgan Stanley, Genzyme, Pfizer and McKinsey & Company. She is passionate about creating employee-oriented, high-performance cultures that emphasize diversity, goal attainment, and superior workforce optimization.
MJ has a bachelor's degree in Psychology from the College of Staten Island and Master’s degree in HR Management from Columbia University. She is a Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and a Tai Chi Chich instructor; volunteering at Nursing Homes to engage seniors in practical and fun physical and mental health.
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 CNN, 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 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.
Ms. 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. 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.
Barbara Bufkin has nearly four decades in the insurance and reinsurance industry. She has spanned executive leadership roles on a global platform encompassing Operational & Strategic responsibilities including underwriting, claims, risk management/corporate governance, ceded and assumed reinsurance, business and product development, while fostering a culture of innovation, mentorship, sponsorship and diverse talent.
Barbara Bufkin was one of the founding members of the US leadership team, joining the company at its launch in September 2014, in a first of its kind InsurTech startup, reporting to the CEO. In her capacity as EVP of Business Development, responsible for revenue generation, Barbara led the Hamilton USA platform to a profitable portfolio in excess of $110 million in the company's first 2 years.
Barbara has been a strategic thought partner in every aspect of the company including business development, products, programs, new-age user interfaces for both agents and underwriters, origination and implementation of minimum viable products with strategic business partners. Barbara pioneered the development of an omni channel distribution plan, working in a "sprint culture" with data, analytics and technologists. Barbara was also responsible for structuring and execution of ceded reinsurance and recruiting, sponsoring and leading top millennial talent.
In her role on the Executive Steering Committee, she was also instrumental in the strategic design, organizational structure, final business plan, and launch of Attune, a technology-enabled small business platform, with joint venture partners AIG and Two Sigma.
Barbara joined Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC, a leading global reinsurance intermediary and subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies, in August 2013 as Chief Operating Officer of Global Strategic Advisory, working in an aligned strategy with the advisory, broking and analytics services of the firm. It was during this time at Guy Carpenter that Barbara began work on the distribution strategy for Hamilton, leaving Guy Carpenter to help design and drive the execution of the original product and distribution platform of Hamilton USA, working closely with underwriting and Two Sigma for data and technology.
Prior to joining Guy Carpenter, Barbara served as Executive Vice President with Argo International Holdings, Ltd. During her nearly 12 years with Argo, Barbara resided in Texas, Bermuda and London, helping build the foundation of the company. In 2007, with the establishment of Argo's Bermuda-based holding company, Barbara served as President of Peleus Re, the first of Argo Group's international specialty segments. Her role at Argo involved developing growth strategies, new business initiatives, M&A related due diligence and integration, and the expansion of the Group in Brazil, MENA and at Lloyds. Barbara was also responsible for Corporate Risk Protection and Ceded Reinsurance.
Prior to Argo, she served as Director of Swiss Re New Markets, and as Chairman, President and CEO of Swiss Re subsidiaries, Facility Insurance Corporation (FIC) and Facility Insurance Holding Corporation (FIHC). While at Swiss Re, Bufkin was the deal team leader for the privatization of the Texas Workers Comp Insurance Facility in 1997. The outcome was the creation of the fully privatized company, FIC.
Bufkin also has 15 years of industry experience in other executive positions, most notably with Sedgwick Payne Company and E.W. Blanch Company. Post undergraduate studies, Barbara joined the Travelers Insurance Company in commercial underwriting, spending the first five years of her career in primary underwriting as well as casualty facultative reinsurance underwriting with American Reinsurance Company.
Barbara is an alumna of Leadership Texas, and various executive courses at Harvard, Stanford and Wharton Executive Education. She was a director of the Southwestern Insurance Information Service for eight years, nominated to the Texas Women's Hall of Fame in 2000, and selected to the 2004 Class of Leadership America. Ms. Bufkin was chosen as APIW (Association of Professional Insurance Women) 2012 Insurance Woman of the Year and was honored in 2015 by the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation with the Inclusion Champion Award. Intelligent Insurer, in 2014, 2015 and 2016, has named Barbara as an Influential Woman in Re/Insurance.
Barbara's professional, philanthropic and community service activities have included the Argo Foundation in Bermuda (Vice-Chair) and Association of Bermuda International Companies (Director). Currently Barbara serves on the boards of The Centre on Philanthropy, Bermuda (Director and Membership Committee), The Institutes -- Griffith Foundation Vice Chair Leadership Council, First VP and Program Chair of the APIW, the National Board of Governors for the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation and a member of the Advisory Board of the Entrepreneurial Insurance Alliance.
Barbara is an Independent Director of Behringer Harvard Opportunity REIT I, serving as Chairman of the Nominating Committee and a member of the Audit Committee.
Barbara attended Wheaton College and graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo, cum laude with a B.A. degree in Philosophy.
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).
Enya He was born and raised in China and educated both in China and US, Enya brings unique and versatile leadership into the insurance industry. As the South Central Regional Director for Lloyd’s, Enya is responsible for market development activities in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. She manages relationships with multiple stakeholders including Lloyd’s underwriters, Lloyd’s brokers, US retail and wholesale brokers, independent insurance agents and risk managers, as well as many trade associations. Prior to joining Lloyd’s, Enya was a tenured professor in insurance at the University of North Texas, where she passionately worked to ensure the successful post-graduation launch of hundreds of college students into the US (re)insurance industry. Before moving to the US from China, she worked for Ping An Insurance Group, Tong Tai Insurance Brokerage and Swiss Life Group (China). Enya is an active director on the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) Southeast/TX Division Board and a member of the national Steering Committee of Women’s Insurance Networking Group (WING). Enya has been closely involved with the IICF Women in Insurance Global Conference series from the very beginning and served as speaker, interpreter and moderator, as well as committee member.
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.
Susan Johnson is the Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion at The Hartford, responsible for leading enterprise-wide D&I initiatives and aligning them with business strategies. She partners with leaders across the organization to ensure that The Hartford's workforce reflects their customer base, that they drive successful acquisition, development and retention of talent, and that they focus on the right internal and external business and operational activities related to diversity.
Prior to her role at The Hartford, Susan was at Pitney Bowes Inc., where she was most recently Vice President, Executive Succession and Diversity Strategies. Under her leadership, Pitney Bowes was selected the #1 company for diversity by DiversityInc. She has also held HR management positions at Pepsi-Cola and Campbell Soup Companies. Additionally, Susan has participated in local, state and national political campaigns and has worked on domestic policy and management issues in the public sector.
She is on the Board of Trustees for the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford and a former member of the Board of Trustees for Greenwich Country Day School. She served as a Regional Officer for Jack and Jill of America, and is an active member of The Links Inc., and First United Methodist Church in Stamford, Connecticut. She has been actively involved in community, government and academic organizations and has spoken at national conferences on managing diversity, executive succession and leadership, career development and talent management. Susan received the BRAVA! Award from the Greenwich YWCA in recognition of her professional and community service work, was named to Savoy Magazine’s 2012 Top Influential Women in Corporate America, and as a Top Executive in Diversity by Black Enterprise Magazine in 2014 and 2016.
Susan received her BA degree from Spelman College and a Masters in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University. She and her husband Randy Kinder live in Stamford, Connecticut with their son Cameron and their black Labrador, Langston.
Kurt Karl as Swiss Re’s Chief Economist, has responsibility for supervising and editing Swiss Re’s sigma papers, the award winning research series on the insurance industry. His team, a part of the Swiss Re Institute, supports Swiss Re’s strategic planning and provides internal consulting to Swiss Re on new products and insurance market developments. Additionally, he and his team provide insights and forecasts and scenarios on the global economy to Swiss Re for use in a variety of corporate decisions.
He is an expert on the U.S. and global economies with extensive experience and knowledge of foreign markets, and has lived and worked in Europe, Africa and Asia. Prior to joining Swiss Re, Dr. Karl was chief international economist at WEFA, Inc., an economic forecasting firm.
Dr. Karl has a BA from the University of Oregon, a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and a Ph.D. from Princeton University.
Tori Knight has worked at RSA in London for nearly 3 years. After completing the Graduate Development Scheme she now works as a Senior Accident & Health Underwriter. She is actively involved in the London Market as a keen supporter of the work of the IICF, Head of Events for NGIN (The Next Generation Insurance Network) and a representative for Lloyds of London TOM. She has a keen interest in multi-generational collaboration, innovation & technology and gender equality.
Mary Kotch is the Executive Vice President, Group Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Validus Holdings, a Global Insurer/Reinsurer.
In this role, Mrs. Kotch is responsible for driving Validus’ worldwide technology and global innovation strategy focusing on revenue growth through use of technology and digital strategy while ensuring that the company’s infrastructure and applications are cutting-edge, flexible and aligned with the needs of the customers, partners and employees.
Mary leverages a diverse background in Technology, Operations, Product Development and Law to help drive the creation of new Business Lines/Product Sets to strengthen strategic market positioning. Mary’s key strength is her ability to identify and deliver innovation opportunities to both empower business users and increase market differentiation amongst competitors.
Prior to joining Validus Holdings, Mary Kotch was a member of AIG’s executive leadership team and served in various leadership roles including Chief Technology Officer for Americas and Chief Information Officer for the Latin America and the Caribbean. Mrs. Kotch was also awarded the 2014 AIG CAO and IAD Diversity & Inclusion Award for her work championing women in technology.
Prior to AIG, Mary was a VP of Technology at MetLife Investments where she was responsible for establishing Investments’ technology vision in addition to the innovation and architecture strategy. She also led all aspects of technology development in support of a multi-year infrastructure optimization hosting program. Prior to MetLife, she was Global Director for Biovail Pharmaceuticals, overseeing all aspects of IT.
Mary has been featured in “Waters Technology Magazine”, “Executive Profile Magazine”, and was recently selected as “one of The 30 Most Influential Women in Business” and is a frequent Keynote Speaker for various financial service technology conferences. She is passionate about building up IT talent and working with Colleges & Universities to enhance their curriculum for technology students.
Mrs. Kotch’s experiences have developed her expertise in Business/IT Strategy, Leading large IT transformation programs including infrastructure and application cloud sourcing. She held a variety of roles including Data Management Global Director at Campbell Soup Company where she created and executed upon the Enterprise Data Strategy and consolidation and outsourcing of data management services.
She spent a number of years as a “principle consultant” providing consulting services to Fortune 500 companies solving complex customer integration, business intelligence and data warehouse applications problems with large data volumes (terabytes of data). She also designed and led healthcare and pharmaceutical companies through the development of model driven data architecture strategies and frameworks and customer information management implementations (Johnson and Johnson / Merck).
Mary brings with her over 20 years of strategic technology innovation, infrastructure, architecture, and digital & data management experience. Mrs. Kotch is a frequently requested speaker for professional gatherings and industry symposiums.
She been an Advisory board member guiding a number of industry consortiums driving model driven data architectures and data standards: RequirementsOne, Pharmaceutical IMPACC, ACORD Model Driven Framework, Behavioral Health Committee for Informatics.
Mary Kotch hold degrees from Temple University and Penn State University. She has also taught over 10 years as an adjunct professor at Penn State Allentown and Muhlenberg College teaching information management courses. She and her husband Dr. Kotch have a son, daughter.
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 the PCI Executive Roundtable. She is on the board of directors of Copper Point Mutual 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).
Nicole Michaels is a Principal with EY’s Financial Service Organization and the Operational Excellence and Performance Improvement Leader for Insurance in the Americas. Nicole has more than 20 years of experience in a variety of operating model and implementation roles with extensive experience in property and casualty and general insurance claims. She has led successful assessments and deliveries at large and medium sized carriers based in 12 different countries, including a successful single platform delivery at a client spanning more than 20 countries.
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).
Maroun Mourad, President of ISO Commercial Lines, a Verisk Analytics business, is a data analytics and insurance industry executive. He has profitably grown businesses for 19 years in the U.S., UK, Europe, and emerging markets. While working at Gen Re, AIG, Arch, and Zurich, in leadership roles, Maroun served clients across underwriting (production & technical), operations, and general management. He led teams and P&Ls in personal and commercial lines spanning multiple customer segments, distribution channels, and cultures. Maroun’s laser focus on team building, customer centricity, and delivering quality results enabled business transformations in established, start-up, and turnaround environments. Maroun is an industry thought leader, public speaker, volunteer, and mentor. His first book, The Insurance Management Playbook: A Leader’s Guide, published in 2014, stands testament to his passion for the insurance business. He received his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of California, Berkeley.
Norah O'Donnell 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 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.
Linda Quaranto is a Managing Director in Deloitte’s Human Capital Financial Services Consulting practice. She has over 25 years of experience in both industry and consultancy roles.
Linda has assisted some of the firms most prestigious clients across various functions in support of Talent transformation initiatives. Linda has deep expertise and experience assisting clients with large scale culture, diversity, and workforce of the future design across a wide spectrum of organizational change. Her experiences include delivering successful projects, enabling senior leaders to align objectives and embrace change initiatives. She is known for her creative solutions that align with an organizations culture and desired state to ensure successful implementations.
In addition to assisting clients, Linda leads an internal awareness initiative for the unintended consequences of unconscious bias and sponsors a Client Talent Forum with Chief Talent officers in the Financial Services Industry.
Jim Romanelli is Northeastern Zone Officer for one of CNA’s zones. He is responsible for aligning the branch structure with CNA’s strategy to drive profitable growth. The Northeastern Zone includes: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont; and includes offices in Boston, Glastonbury, Melville, New York City, Syracuse and Westchester.
Jim also manages the New York City branch office.
He joined CNA in 2010 after more than 18 years with the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies. Throughout his tenure, he continually assumed roles of increasing responsibility within Chubb’s field operations and successfully managed several branches. He most recently served as senior vice president for its Long Island Branch.
He is a member of the Board and Strategic Planning Committee of the Long Island YMCA; and associate trustee of the Northwell Health System. Jim received his bachelor’s degree from Dickinson College. Jim currently resides in Huntington, NY with his wife and two children.
Dr. Ranier Sachs heads the Emerging Risks and Reporting team at Munich Re’s Integrated Risk Management division, developing risk identification and quantification tools for Munich Re’s global business operations. In addition, he is also responsible for the production and publication of internal and external risk reports.
Before joining Munich Re, Rainer Sachs was working in the Credit Risk Management division at Unicredit. During his more than 15-year career in risk management, he has held various positions in financial and insurance risk management, both in Germany and Australia.
Rainer Sachs’s current research interests focus on modelling complex risks in insurance and the human factor in decisions under uncertainty.
He holds a PhD from the University of Munich/Max-Planck-Institute for extraterrestrial Physics and a Master in cosmology from the Technical University of Munich/University of Pune (India).
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 in 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.
Megan Thomas is the Chief Underwriting Officer for AIG’s Liability Lines business, a position she has held since January 2014. In this role Megan is responsible for setting the global underwriting appetite, understanding emerging risks and their application to Liability Lines and setting underwriting direction for the business, by ensuring continued engagement across underwriting, claims, actuarial and risk consulting to leverage the best possible insights.
Megan has almost 20 years of experience in insurance and financial services in New York, Bermuda and Australia. She started her AIG career in 2005 as a US Casualty claims adjustor for complex coverages in New York. She then moved into underwriting and served as Vice President, AIG Excess Casualty and later served as Senior Vice President, Product Line Manager, AIG Cat Excess in Bermuda before relocating back to New York.
Megan is an Australian native who is a lawyer by training and has been admitted to the Bar in New York and Queensland, Australia.
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 economics and environmental studies.
Deirdre Tully is currently the Head of Diversity & Inclusion and Global Talent Acquisition for XL Catlin. In this role, she is responsible for developing and leading world-class talent acquisition and diversity and inclusion strategies, including candidate attraction and experience, hiring metrics and innovative and effective talent sourcing, along with driving diversity and inclusion through workplace initiatives, workforce engagement and marketplace opportunities.
Prior to joining XL Catlin, she was the Head of Global Executive Recruiting for Johnson & Johnson, where she built and led the firm’s first executive recruiting function. There, she was accountable for all competitive executive talent activity, including external recruiting, internal talent mobility and creating a global search firm portfolio and diversity recruiting strategy. Earlier in her career, she held a variety of recruiting leadership and talent management positions at The Hartford Financial Services Group, most recently serving as the Vice President of Talent Acquisition & Management, leading assessment, recruiting and several enterprise talent management practices. Prior to The Hartford, Deirdre was a member of the executive committee for one of the largest Global retained executive search firms, working in partnership with the CEO, sector leaders and office managing partners, to design and implement an organizational model to drive the North American search division and launching the firm’s first diversity practice. In her career, Deirdre has completed numerous talent assessments and search assignments for clients in various industries, including investment management, investment banking, insurance, consumer products, life sciences, medical devices, finance and human resources.
Deirdre received her B.A. from Centre College. She has been a featured presenter with the Human Capital Institute, AESC and Kennedy Information.
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.
Annie Yarmy has been in human resources for over 20 years. She started her career in at Paychex, working payroll before seizing an opportunity to work in HR.
She joined Arch in July 2002 in the finance area to manage payroll for the US entities. Arch was in full start up mode at the time, so Annie’s role quickly became human resources and payroll. In 2004, she was promoted to AVP, Human Resource Services and split time between Arch’s insurance division in NYC and the corporate services group in White Plains. She was integral in Arch’s acquisitions of PMI and United Guaranty. In 2014, Annie was promoted to VP, CHRO Reinsurance, Mortgage and Corporate Services.
Outside the office, Annie has a daughter, Emmy, who is a rising sophomore and lacrosse goalie at Lynchburg College. She is a diehard and long suffering NY Rangers fan.
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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