IICF Women in Insurance Global Conference

Gender Equity in a Changing World – What You Do Matters!
Rewriting the Rules on Leadership, Diversity and Innovation

Speaker Bios

Gisselle Acevedo

As President and CEO, Gisselle Acevedo leads the Ackerman Institute for the Family to further its mission to improve the mental health of families in the New York area through the dynamic interaction of innovative treatment, state of the art training and cutting edge research while holding a social justice commitment. Appointed in 2018, she is the Institute’s fifth president.

Acevedo is a seasoned leader with more than 30 years of senior management experience in the philanthropic, nonprofit, corporate and government sectors. Today, she is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Connecticut and New York.

Acevedo is also the former President and CEO of Para Los Niños, an educational and social service organization which provides services to children and families from some of Los Angeles’s most challenged communities. At Para Los Niños, she was responsible for the development of charter schools, early childhood education centers, mental health and social services serving more than 10,000 children and their families.

Her corporate, communications, philanthropic and government experience includes leading community engagement for The Los Angeles Times, The Los Angeles Times Foundation, AT&T Broadband and the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority.

As a former teacher and advocate lawyer, Acevedo has been committed to the transformative nature of social justice, making sure that our most vulnerable children, youth and families have access to support systems. She has served as a subject matter expert on such issues as child poverty, education, diversity and mental health services. Her passion lies in working with families and communities to ensure that underserved populations have a voice.

She has served on several boards most notably The John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, and Health Net. Acevedo was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve on the President’s Commission on People with Intellectual Disabilities. She is Regent Emeritus at Loyola Marymount University and also sits on the advisory board of the Loyola Law School Social Justice Clinic. She is a member of the Board of Governors at Farmers Insurance.

Acevedo served as a Minority Fellow with the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. She was also a Senior Fellow at UCLA, Luskin School of Public Policy and at Northwestern University where she received a McCormick Fellowship. She has been honored by such organizations as the National Association of Women Business Owners, Loyola Marymount University Mexican American Alumni Association, Loyola Law School Board of Governors, Los Angeles County Commission on Women, Los Angeles Business Journal, and Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations.

Acevedo’s degrees include a Master’s in Special Education from California State University, Los Angeles, a law degree from Loyola Law School and a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fairfield University.

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Pina Albo

Pina Albo joined Hamilton Insurance Group as Chief Executive Officer in January 2018.

Pina began her career as a lawyer in Toronto, Canada. After practicing in real estate, corporate finance and M&A, she accepted a position at Munich Re as a claims expert. During her 25-year career at the Company, Pina held increasingly senior positions which included Head of Casualty Unit, North America/UK and International D&O/EPL; Head of Casualty Operations at Munich Reinsurance Company of Canada and Temple Insurance Company; Executive Head of Department UK and Ireland; President, National Clients Division, Munich Re America; and President, Reinsurance Division, Munich Reinsurance America. Pina’s most recent position at Munich Re was Member of the Board of Executive Management where her responsibilities included P&C business and operations in Europe and Latin America.

Pina currently sits on the Board of Directors for the IFG Companies, Blue Marble Micronsurance and Attune Insurance. She also serves as an ambassador for the Insurance Supper Club, an international organization that aims to improve networking opportunities for women across the finance and insurance industries.

Pina has been a member of many industry boards including the Board of the Insurance Information Institute, the Board of the Reinsurance Association of America and the National Board of the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation.

She has been recognized for her contributions to the insurance industry and has received numerous awards including the Association of Professional Insurance Women’s “Woman of the Year” (2011). She was designated a “Top Influencer” in Insurance Business America’s List of “Hot 100” (2014) and placed in Intelligent Insurer’s list of ‘Top 100 Women in Re/insurance” (2014 and 2015).

Pina holds a Maîtrise en Droit, International and European Community Law, from L’Université d’Aix-Marseille III, Aix-en-Provence, France; Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto, Canada; and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Languages from the University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

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Barbara Bufkin

Barbara's nearly four decades in the insurance and reinsurance industry 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 serves as P&C growth and innovation leader for Assurant as Executive Head of Business Development. Her responsibilities include growth strategies, originating and fostering strategic partnerships and creating innovative product solutions.

Barbara has previously held executive roles with Hamilton USA, Guy Carpenter, Argo International Holdings, Ltd., Peleus Re, Swiss Re New Markets, and Swiss Re subsidiaries Facility Insurance Corporation (FIC) and Facility Insurance Holding Corporation (FIHC).

Throughout her career, Barbara has been a recognized leader within industry groups. Barbara’s industry awards for philanthropy and business leadership include the Association of Professional Insurance Women (APIW) 2012 Insurance Woman of the Year, the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) 2015 Inclusion Champion Award and the Insurance Business America 2017 Woman of Distinction. Barbara was named an Elite Woman in Insurance in 2018 and for the past 5 years has been included in Intelligent Insurer’s Influential Women in Re/Insurance.

Barbara currently serves as Chairwoman of the International Board of Governors of the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation, President of the Association of Professional Insurance Women, immediate past Chair and current member of the Leadership Council, The Griffith Foundation - The Institutes, Treasurer and Executive Committee of Board of Trustees of Gamma lota Sigma, Advisory Board of the Entrepreneurial Insurance Alliance and Ambassador of The Insurance Supper Club.

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Ed Dandridge

Ed leads AIG General Insurance’s global marketing and communications organization that markets and distributes products and services to commercial clients, individual customers and distribution networks in more than 80 countries, manages the AIG brand, sponsorships and partnerships and engages with external stakeholders.

In this role, Ed reports to General Insurance CEO Peter Zaffino and is a member of the General Insurance Executive Leadership Team.

A recognized thought leader on customer experience, data-driven audience measurement, and high-stakes reputational risk issues, Ed’s industry experience spans the financial services, insurance, management consulting, media and information services sectors. Ed joined AIG from Marsh & McLennan Companies, where he was Chief Marketing and Communications Officer.

Previously, Ed served as President and Chief Executive Officer of The National Association of Investment Companies, a trade association representing private equity and venture funds. Prior to NAIC, Ed was Chief Communications Officer at The Nielsen Company; and earlier, was Vice President of Disney’s ABC Television Network. He began his career as an attorney in private practice in New York.

Ed holds a B.A. from Tufts University, with honors, and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He serves on the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia’s Economic & Community Advisory Council and is a member of the Executive Leadership Council.

A recipient of The CMO Award for Customer Experience in 2018, Ed has also been consistently recognized on Savoy Magazine’s list of 100 Most Influential African American Corporate Executives since 2012.

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Maggie Doyne

Maggie Doyne is the founder and CEO of the BlinkNow foundation. Maggie is originally from New Jersey and has dedicated the last 10+ years of her life to educating children and empowering women. She was the recipient of the 2015 CNN Hero Award and her work has been recognized by the Dalai Lama, Elizabeth Gilbert, Nick Kristof, Katie Couric and more. And, while her work is focused in Nepal, she speaks all over the world in the hopes of inspiring others to start projects that will generate positive change in our world.

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Julian Enoizi

Julian Enoizi is CEO of Pool Re, the Government backed UK terrorism reinsurance mutual. Under his leadership, he has renegotiated Pool Re’s relationship with HM Treasury, implemented the purchase of third party retrocession cover, is a central sponsor of thought leadership initiatives and international collaboration with worldwide Pools culminating in various prestigious awards. In 2018, Julian was appointed a visiting Professor at the University of Cranfield.

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Emma Garner

Emma Garner is Executive Vice President and a member of CRC Group’s Senior Leadership Team, with a primary focus on difficult to place property risks. She’s a passionate leader dedicated to mentoring others and shaping a corporate culture that fosters lasting relationships with employees, partners, and clients.

Emma joined the insurance industry at the age of 19 when she was hired as the first female broker by Cooper Gay, a London-based brokerage firm. She placed U.S. catastrophe property reinsurance and wholesale business into the London market, and in 1996 she was offered the opportunity to move to Cooper Gay’s New York office for a 2-year assignment. Shortly after moving to New York, Cooper Gay opened a wholesale operation, and Emma’s move to New York became a permanent one. Her role evolved to include managing the wholesale business nationally while maintaining her own book of business. When Cooper Gay merged with Swett and Crawford in 2010, Emma joined Swett’s Senior Leadership Team and served as an integral force in driving the business forward. Since CRC purchased the company in 2016, her ability to keep the big picture in view, nurture vital relationships with carriers, and skill in reading the market, have continued to play a foundational role in the growth and stability of CRC’s portfolio.

While the business continues to grow and change, Emma never takes success for granted, and continues to plan for the future so that clients can continue to count on CRC’s capacity and capability to meet their needs. Mentoring and developing young people on the path to success is an important part of that long-term strategy. Emma is also committed to investing herself in others by empowering women to enter the industry and helping to develop female business colleagues.

Emma and Alf live in New York with their three children – Max, Charlie, and Grace. As a mother, Emma strives for a work/life balance that allows her to be fully present and available as her children grow. Outside the office, you’ll find her taking the kids to soccer or gymnastics practice, enjoying spin class, or conquering the flying trapeze.

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Lori Goltermann

Lori Goltermann serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Aon’s U.S. Commercial Risk Solutions, Health Solutions. As CEO, she oversees the corporate direction and strategy for 6,000 colleagues, across 40 offices. Goltermann also served as a key business leader of the firm’s Client Promise, Aon’s framework for delivering client value.

Since joining Aon in 1993, Goltermann has spent nearly three decades growing, challenging and shaping the U.S. operations to position Aon as a leading professional services firm. Goltermann is known for assembling high performing teams, strategy development, M&A and she has an exceptional vision for growing the organization and helping clients with all of their risk, retirement and health needs.

Prior to serving as CEO, Goltermann served as executive vice president for the U.S. Health & Benefits practice. In this role, she advised employers across all market segments on creating customized benefits strategies and the design of private health exchange solutions. In previous roles, she had the responsibility for designing and launching a data and analytics casualty offering, intended to help organizations in developing casualty program insights to identify cost-saving opportunities with the use of internal data and industry benchmark data. She later applied key analytical concepts to develop a similar tool that proactively provides property insights to drive down total risk costs.

Goltermann has played an active role on several boards, including Edgewood Children’s Center and Forsyth School, and serves on the Special Olympics Illinois Gala Committee. Goltermann also served as a member of the U.S. Retail Executive Committee as well as the Americas and Global Executive Committees. In 2016, she was named as a Business Insurance’s Woman to Watch. More recently, in 2018, Lori was named one of Insurance Business America’s Hot 100 influencers in the insurance industry.

Goltermann earned a bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis and continued her education via Aon’s executive programs at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

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Megan Stewart Hodge

Megan strives for whole person success in her interwoven career and personal journey, prioritizing authenticity in self as a leader in the insurance industry and as a mother of two young children. She believes it is critical to use our individual and collective voices, and our positions of leadership, to drive meaningful change for a more inclusive industry and society.

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Jeff Kroeger

Jeff Kroeger has spent more than a decade in commercial insurance working with agents and brokers to help small business owners protect their business interests. Jeff joined Insureon in 2019 from The Hartford, where he last served as Head of Strategic Partners and Programs. In that role, he led a team responsible for national partners, alternative distribution, and program/affinity businesses. Prior to that, Jeff spent several years in senior leadership positions both at The Hartford and CNA, specializing in small commercial insurance. At Insureon, he focuses on the firm’s long-term business strategy along with specific accountability to the B2B and SaaS businesses. Jeff is a graduate of the University of Michigan and lives in Chicago, IL.

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Tangy C Morgan, CII, MSc

Tangy is currently a Senior Advisor to the Bank of England’s Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) where Tangy advises the Senior Leadership of the PRA and wider Bank which includes regulation, capital/solvency, board governance and Fintech/Insuretech. She has over 30 years of experience in the US, Bermuda, London and international markets, working for global organisations such as Chubb, Guy Carpenter, AIG and Lloyd’s of London. Tangy is a frequent speaker on the topics of corporate board governance, diversity and inclusion, leadership and technological implications for the financial services sector.

She is a mentor for Techstars Barclay, London and member of various boards such as the Alumni Advisory Board at Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN; Trustee Ethnic Minority Foundation, London; Advisory Board of Strategia Worldwide, Ltd., London; Council of Democrats Abroad UK, London; St James’s Roundtable, Chatham House, Royal Institute of International Affairs, London; University Women’s Club, London and the Black Cultural Archives, London, Democrats Abroad UK and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Tangy was recognised as a Distinguished Alumni of Boston University 2018 and Distinguished Alumni of the College of Business at Tennessee State University’s 2018 Spotlight Magazine. She won the WinTrade Award in the Women on Boards category and a Finalist of the Black British Business Awards for Financial Services both in 2018. Tangy was recently featured in the Debevoise Women’s Review 2019.

She holds a BBA degree from Tennessee State University and a MSc degree in Business Continuity, Security and Risk Management from Boston University. Tangy hold dual citizenship status with the US and UK.

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Susan Rivera

Susan Rivera was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Tokio Marine HCC effective September 1, 2018. Ms. Rivera served as Tokio Marine HCC's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer since April 1, 2018. From 2014 to 2015, she served as an independent director on the Tokio Marine HCC’s Board of Directors and served on the Audit Committee, the Compensation Committee and the Enterprise Risk Oversight Committee.

From 2009 until earlier this year, Ms. Rivera served as President and Chief Executive Officer of V3 Insurance Partners LLC. From 2007 to 2009, she was President of QBE Specialty and Chief Actuary of the Americas division of QBE Insurance Group Limited. Previously, Ms. Rivera was President and Chief Underwriting Officer of Praetorian Insurance Company from 2006 until its acquisition by QBE in 2007. Prior to 2006, she spent 15 years at AIG, holding a variety of positions of increasing responsibility.

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Rekha Schipper

As President of Tangram Insurance Services, Rekha has the opportunity to build and manage corporate insurance programs all over the U.S. With nearly 17 years in the industry, she is passionate about the value of insurance to the greater economy and energized around the talented team of people she works beside every day.

Her mission is to help people see the opportunities available in this industry and empower them to create their own successful career path. Rekha believes this is particularly important for women and minorities, since diversity in the industry will ultimately benefit the whole.

A Bay Area based Company, Tangram has been in business since 1999 and has experienced accelerated growth over the last 9 years with Rekha’s leadership. With a female President, and a diverse team, Rekha is proud to be building a company that is challenging the status quo of the insurance industry.

Rekha began her insurance career in 2001 as an assistant at a brokerage firm in San Francisco. She spent the next 10 years building experience that would eventually lead her into the executive ranks.

Rekha is a first generation American, east coast native and graduate of Boston University where she earned a Bachelors degree in International Relations. She is a proud mother of a 2 year old named Aidan who is the love of her life. She is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization, her Company’s Women of Influence Group and a Board Director for a prominent performing arts nonprofit. Rekha has been on the recipient of numerous awards including IBA Elite Women and the Hot 100 and Business Insurance’s Women to Watch.

She enjoys traveling to far off places, skiing down the steepest runs she can find, and escaping with a great book.

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Jen Tadin

Jen is an SME expert with a successful track record of building and leading sales teams on both the broker & carrier side. She currently leads Sales Operations across the U.S. for the Small Business segment of Gallagher. Jen is an editorial contributor to the Forbes Business Development Council & Forbes.com. Fueling her passion for diversity in the workplace she serves as a national C&I Ambassador at Gallagher, founder of a Chicago-based professional women’s networking group & also volunteers as a mentor for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy.

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Kate White

Kate White, the former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, is a nationally known authority on leadership, work, and success, and a New York Times bestselling author of several influential books for women on those topics.

She is passionate about sharing what she’s learned with other women, and her strategies are based on her long career as a media executive. In addition to Cosmo, she was the editor-in-chief of four other prestigious U.S. magazines, including Redbook and Working Woman. At Cosmo she increased circulation by 30 percent during her tenure and oversaw all aspects of this #1 worldwide brand.

Kate’s books on career and success include the newly released and #1 Amazon bestseller (Women & Business) The Gutsy Girl Handbook (Grand Central), a totally revised edition of her groundbreaking 1990’s Wall Street Journal bestseller, Why Good Girls Don’t Get Ahead but Gutsy Girls Do. She is also the New York Times best-selling author of 13 murder mysteries and psychological thrillers, which have been published in many countries.

She is an in-demand speaker for conferences, companies, and universities. She has appeared on numerous national television shows, including Today, CBS This Morning, and CNN’s Quest Means Business.

Kate lives with her husband in New York City. She is the mother of two children.

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