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

Jill Beggs

Jill Beggs is President of Excess and Surplus Lines for Munich Re Specialty Insurance, a new commercial insurance unit of Munich Reinsurance America, Inc. (Munich Re, US) in North America. In this new role, Jill is responsible for leading the excess and surplus lines business, including property and casualty offerings, and service solutions.

Prior to this role, Jill was the Head of New Strategic Markets where she built the Innovation Practice responsible for driving innovation efforts across Munich Re’s US property and casualty operations. Jill also oversaw Corporate Communications, the Data Hunting team and Cross-Platform Development, which focuses on developing broader solutions to strengthen long-term client relationships.

Jill was previously Head of Specialty Lines Underwriting in the Reinsurance Division of Munich Re, US where she managed a portfolio of treaty and facultative ocean marine, surety, political risk and trade credit reinsurance written in the U.S. Prior positions included Property Underwriting Manager for the National Broker Clients Division, member of the Munich Re, US Underwriting Platform Advisory Board and Lead for the Property Line of Business Expert Group as well as a member of the global Munich Re Marine and Credit Boards.

Jill is a graduate of Gettysburg College with a degree in Finance with a concentration in Management and minors in Math and Spanish. She is a Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and has earned the Associate in Reinsurance (ARe) designation. Jill is also a member of the Association of Professional Insurance Women (APIW) and the CPCU’s Central New Jersey Chapter.

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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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Nancy Bewlay

Nancy is Chief Underwriting Officer for Long Tail P&C risks for AXA XL, a division of AXA. She joined XL Catlin (now AXA XL) in 2017 as the Global Chief Underwriting Officer for Casualty. In her role, Nancy was responsible for the aggregated portfolio management of the Global casualty lines. Responsibilities include the implementation of a common Casualty framework with focus on innovation, product development and business building.

Prior to her present role, Nancy joined Swiss Re in 2013 as Head of Underwriting for Casualty, responsible for the underwriting and actuarial treaty teams in the US and Canada. In this role, her focus was on pricing development, portfolio management and strategy development and deployment.

Nancy also served as the President & Chief Executive Officer of C.V. Starr & Company (California), responsible for the overall operations of the agency. Nancy joined CV Starr in 2006 as Manager of the East Coast offices and continued her tenure with advancing responsibilities and roles; including Executive Vice President & Director of Field Operations.

Nancy has more than 27 years' experience in the insurance industry with a concentration in primary and excess specialty casualty lines working for companies such as General Star Management Company, Admiral Insurance Company and Marsh McLennan as a casualty insurance broker.

Nancy is a member of the US management committee for the Insurance Supper Club (ISC), a network for senior women in the insurance industry intent on seeing more women in the industry. Nancy is also currently a co-leader of AXA XL Catlin’s Stamford, CT chapter of WOW (or Women of the World), a colleague resource network. For her career accomplishments and her contribution to helping build a more diverse insurance industry, Nancy was honored as one of Business Insurance Magazine’s 2018 Women to Watch.

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Michelle Bottomley

Michelle Bottomley joined New York Life’s Retail Life & Marketing Department in 2018 as Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer. Prior to joining New York Life, Ms. Bottomley served as Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer with Staples from 2017 until their buy-out by Sycamore Partners. In this role, she was responsible for leading the branding and transformation of the marketing function to advance customer-centric growth.

Ms. Bottomley served as the Global Chief Marketing & Sales Officer with Mercer from 2013 to 2016, where she was responsible for setting global marketing and sales strategies, including positioning Mercer as a world-class brand and delivering dynamic digital customer engagement. She served from 2012 to 2013 as the President of Zinio, a multiplatform e-commerce service for digital magazines, where she was responsible for leading the transformation to mobile-first web design experience and introducing new subscription models. Ms. Bottomley served as the Chief Executive Officer for Kite Flying, a marketing consultancy company she founded, from 2011 to 2012.

Prior to these roles, she also served as the Chief Marketing Officer with Barclaycard for three years and for ten years she served in roles with progressively expanded responsibilities with Ogilvy & Mather, where she rose to Co-President ultimately serving as Chief Operating Officer. Earlier in her career she held marketing positions at Epsilon, Digitas and Liberty Mutual Insurance Group.

Ms. Bottomley received a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts from Northeastern University.

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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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Nancy Conturso

Nancy is a Principal in the Advisory Services practice of Ernst & Young LLP. Nancy is an accomplished leader in the insurance sector in growing key accounts and delivering exceptional client service through designing and executing business and operational strategies. She has over 20 years of experience in consulting within the insurance industry. Nancy has worked on various business and technology initiatives including: Merger and Post Merger Integration and Target Operating Model Design, Delivery and Execution.

The following are representative engagements:

  • Led the EY team to start up an insurance operations transformation in Tokyo, Japan consisting of 30+ initiatives across New Business/ Underwriting, Policy Owner Services, Claims and Service with a target savings target of $40m over multiple years.
  • Co led a post-acquisition integration for a large National insurer who is entering a new high volume term product market. The program has 14 workstreams (45 client/EY resources) across a spectrum of functions that are all aligned toward the goal of standing up the new business and operations, building a new term product, hire 40+ new employees and go live with 3 eTailers within 4 months of transaction date. The target goal is to write 100,000 new applications within 13 months of go live.
  • Assisted in the transformation of an institutional client onboarding operating model for a large Retirement Services provider in the higher education market. The transformation resulted in significant reduction in process time (30+%) and cost through automation and streamlining process, alignment of accountabilities across critical client-facing roles and increased customer experience ratings.
  • Advised a global insurer in the design and implementation of a recruiting target operating model for financial advisers for a large US insurer. This program was designed to align 50 US retail offices that embraced an entrepreneurial culture towards a common recruiting operating model and attract characteristics modeled in current successful advisers. Upon implementing the new recruiting model, they exceeded their US 2015 recruiting goals of 754 candidates by 10% and are expanding for 2016.
  • Supported the operations due diligence on behalf of a private equity firm who engaged EY to help design a business process outsourcing (BPO) model for operations and technology. The BPO vendor assessment tool increased the effectiveness of vendor assessments.

 

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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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Wade Davis

Former NFL player Wade Davis is a thought leader, writer, public speaker, and educator on gender, race, and orientation equality. Wade is the NFL’s first LGBT inclusion consultant and currently consults for numerous professional sports leagues on issues at the intersection sexism, racism and homophobia. Wade creates league-wide inclusive leadership strategies, leads inclusion-training sessions for coaches and players, and builds and launches national engagement initiatives.

Beyond his work in sports, Wade currently consults for Netflix, Google, Viacom and others to co-create transformative solutions to build inclusive corporate cultures. Additionally, Wade in an inclusive leadership coach, where he challenges senior leaders to adapt and flex their leadership styles to meet the needs of and develop their entire employee population. Wade is a Global Champion for Innovation for UN Women and a founding member of VICE’s Inclusion Advisory board with Gloria Steinem, Roberta Kaplan, Tina Tchen and others.

Wade’s work around gender equality includes partnering with Planned Parenthood, the Ms. Foundation and Huffington Post Women, separately, launching initiatives and PSA’s to define, establish and achieve the political, social and economic equality for women and men. In collaboration with the #MeToo movement and Time’s Up Now, Wade develops curricula and initiatives for male leaders. Additionally, understanding the importance of engaging men around gender equity and equality, Wade built a ‘Men’s Gender Equality Development’ leadership program that he launched with the United Nations and other organizations in 2018.

A former national surrogate for President Obama, Wade has been an Adjunct Professor at the NYU School of Professional Studies Tisch Institute for Sports Management, Media, and Business and has also served as an Adjunct Professor at the Rutgers University School of Public Affairs and Administration. He continues to lecture on the intersections of race, sexuality, gender, and sports at universities nationally and internationally. Wade Davis was born in Little Rock, Arkansas and graduated from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. In 2014 Wade received an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree from Northeastern University for his leadership and ongoing efforts to eradicate homophobia and sexism in athletics.

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Whitnee Dillard

Whitnee Dillard is the Programs Director for the Agents Council for Technology and Diversity at Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America. She leads the development and implementation of various diversity and inclusion initiatives for the Big “I” national and serves as the staff liaison for the Big “I” Diversity Council. The council is a cooperative industry group comprised of multicultural agents and company executives from leading insurance carriers. The council’s mission is to engage and develop a sustainable diverse independent agency network by partnering with state associations, carriers, and industry affinity groups focused on diversity and inclusion. Whitnee also works with the Big “I” Agents Council for Technology with her role primarily focusing on communications and innovation with an emphasis on strategically engaging more independent agents in the advancement of insurance technology. Whitnee is a graduate of the University of Michigan where she received her B.A. in psychology and political science.

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Dante Disparte

Dante Disparte is an entrepreneur, business leader and global risk expert. He is the founder and CEO of Risk Cooperative, a strategic risk advisory and insurance brokerage based in Washington, D.C. Dante has been named to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Advisory Council, where he is a member of the Federal Insurance and Mitigation subcommittee. He serves on the board of the American Security Project, where he founded and chairs the Business Council. He is also a member of the Bretton Woods II Council and a senior fellow at New America where he works on technology and digital governance initiatives. He is a frequent speaker and commentator on business and political issues shaping the world. From entrepreneurship, where he was invited by the White House to speak at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Kenya, to risk, economic competitiveness and security issues, Dante’s wide-ranging views are regularly featured in leading media and publications, such as Harvard Business Review, BBC, Forbes and International Policy Digest, among others. He is a graduate of Harvard Business School, where he chaired the D.C. alumni association and is a former member of the global alumni board. Dante holds an MSc. in Risk Management from the NYU Stern School of Business and a B.A. in International and Intercultural Studies from Goucher College. He is fluent in 6 languages and has conducted business all over the world. He is the co-author “Global Risk Agility and Decision Making” (Macmillan, 2016) and was recognized as one of the 40 leaders under 40 by the Washington Business Journal and in the inaugural Powermeter 100 list.

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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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Allison Dubrow

Allison Dubrow is a core member of Spencer Stuart’s Insurance Practice and a longstanding member of the firm’s Financial Services Practice. With more than a decade of executive search experience, she focuses on the recruitment of senior business and functional leaders on behalf of P&C, Life, Reinsurance and Insurance Brokerage clients.

Executive search and financial services expertise:

  • During her tenure at Spencer Stuart, Allison has worked on 200+ client engagements across insurance and asset management, spanning a wide range of firms and functions.
  • Along with placing senior business leaders, Allison’s functional work has included Sales and Marketing Executives, Chief Financial Officers, Chief Claims Officers, Chief Investment Officers and Chief Risk Officers. She partners with Fortune 100 and 500 corporations as well as private operators and private equity portfolio companies across the U.S. and abroad.
  • Earlier in her career, Allison worked in asset management marketing at M.D. Sass, in equity research at Sanford Bernstein, and in private equity at Easton Hunt Capital Partners.

 

Allison hold a B.A. in psychology from Colgate University and an M.B.A. from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

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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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Lorna Fitzsimons

Lorna Fitzsimons co-founded The Pipeline in 2012 to increase female executive leadership in big cap companies. The organisation is a fully factored gender solutions company from diagnostics, consultancy and programmes. The Pipeline runs a series of pioneering programmes for women and companies across the FTSE 350. The company works with boards, CEOs and their executive colleagues, as well as individual women to help them prepare for leadership roles.

In addition to her work at The Pipeline, Lorna Fitzsimons created and led The Alliance Project, a public-private partnership investing over £150m in 330 companies creating over 4,000 jobs to bring back textile manufacturing to the UK. She is also a Board Director of UKFT the industry’s trade body.

Lorna is also a Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership Board member and Board Director of SHINE: Support and Help in Education.

She is also a former Member of Parliament and President of the National Union of Students. Lorna was a visiting Fellow at the Advanced Research and Assessment Group at the Defence Academy.

Lorna is a previous CEO of the Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre (BICOM) and NED for Endsleigh Insurance.

She was also Associate Director at Rowland Sallingbury and Casey and the first ever IPR’s Young Communicator of the Year.

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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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Ravin Jesuthasan

Relevant Experience/Specialization
Ravin Jesuthasan is a recognized global thought leader and author on the future of work and human capital. He has led numerous research efforts on the global workforce, the emerging digital economy, the rise of artificial intelligence and the transformation of work. Ravin has lead numerous research projects for the World Economic Forum including its ground-breaking study; Shaping the Future Implications of Digital Media for Society and the recently launched Creating a Shared Vision for Talent in the 4th Industrial Revolution. He is a regular participant and presenter at the World Economic Forum’s annual meetings in Davos and Dalian/Tianjin and is a member of the forum’s Steering Committee on Work and Employment.

Ravin has been a featured speaker on the aforementioned topics at conferences in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Latin America. He has also been featured and quoted extensively by leading business media including CNN, BBC, The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, CNBC, Fortune, FT, The Nikkei (Japan), Les Echoes (France), De Telegraaf (Netherlands), Valor Economico (Brazil), Business Times (Malaysia), Globe and Mail (Canada), South China Morning Post, Dubai One TV and The Australian among others. Ravin is a frequent guest lecturer at universities around the world including Oxford University, Northwestern University and the University of Southern California.

He has been recognized as one of the top 25 most influential consultants in the world by Consulting Magazine. He is the author of Transformative HR and Lead The Work: Navigating a World Beyond Employment and Reinventing Jobs: A 4-Step Approach to Applying Automation to Work. Ravin has authored over 70 articles including 7 for the Harvard Business Review and his article in the HR People and Strategy Journal entitled Performance Management as a Business Discipline received the 2014 Walker Award for the most original and valuable contribution to the HR profession. 

Ravin has led numerous large-scale, global restructuring and transformation engagements for companies around the world. His clients include six global high-tech companies, eight international financial services organizations, four large retail organizations, a major U.S. motion picture studio, four international consumer goods companies, six large pharmaceuticals firms, five major energy companies and twelve global airlines among many others.

Prior to joining Willis Towers Watson 24 years ago, Ravin was a consultant with the strategy practice of a major management consulting firm.

Role at Willis Towers Watson
Ravin Jesuthasan is the global leader of Willis Towers Watson’s Talent and Rewards portfolio of data, software and advisory assets. He is a Managing Director of the firm and is based in the Chicago office.

Education and Credentials
Ravin holds B.B.A. (Finance) and M.B.A. (Finance) degrees and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

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Susan Johnson

Susan Johnson is the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer 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.

Susan’s community involvement includes Board service for the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford (Board Chair) and the National African American Insurance Association. She is active with The Links Inc., and with her church community. 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, 2016 and 2018.

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.

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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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Jennifer Livingstone

Jennifer Livingstone serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for CNA. In her role, Jennifer is responsible for developing and executing marketing strategies to increasingly position CNA as the market of choice across its target segments.

Jennifer joined CNA in 2018 after 25 years in the insurance industry, in both underwriting and sales roles. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Global Sales Development at Cyence, where Jennifer was responsible for sales, marketing and business development for Cyence’s platform which helps the insurance industry manage cyber risk. She also spent her last seven years at AIG as Senior Vice President, head of Broker Relations and Channel Management.

Jennifer earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from The College of William and Mary.

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Baroness Margaret McDonagh

Margaret McDonagh is an experienced FTSE 100 Non-Executive Director. She joined Standard Life Plc as a NED shortly after its demutualisation in 2006, has served on the company’s Audit & Risk Committee, Remuneration Committee, Nomination and Governance Committee and the Corporate Responsibility Committee.

Margaret has also been a NED at TBI (2004-2013). TBI’s business model is to operate low-cost fast turnaround regional airports all around the world. It was originally a UK based Plc but is now owned by the Spanish infrastructure company Abertis. After which she went on to establish and Chair Smart Energy GB the independent company tasked with engaging the public in the digitalisation of the retail gas & electricity market.

Margaret has a BSc in History & Statistics and a Masters in Advanced Marketing. In 2002, she completed Harvard’s prestigious “Advanced Management Program” for Senior Executives. She then moved to New York to work for PS-B a strategic management research house undertaking a number of post Enron and Sarbanes-Oxley consultancy projects. This added to her already extensive knowledge of regulation, markets and public opinion in the States gained from earlier experience working on the 1992 & 1996 Clinton Gore Election Campaigns.

Margaret’s background is political. She was one of the small team that turned around The Labour Party to make it electable. Margaret was the first woman and youngest ever General Secretary of the Labour Party, the organisation’s Chief Executive, and was responsible for organising both of Labour’s watershed General Election victories in 1997 and 2001.

After 16 years at the Labour Party overseeing one of the most successful turnaround and re-branding exercises in post war Britain, Margaret decided to stand down to undertake new challenges in the private sector. Margaret then joined Express Newspapers, to act as General Manager and write a long- term strategic plan for their publications, which include the Daily and Sunday Express, Daily Star, OK! Magazine and Attitude.

In 2013 Margaret co-founded The Pipeline a unique organisation that works with both organisations and individual women to increase the number of female executives at the most senior levels. Clients include Santander, Jaguar Land Rover, ASDA, ATOS, Marks & Spencer and E.ON. Margaret also has a private practise for coaching senior executives in business performance.

Margaret is an expert and widely respected leader with a track record of twenty years experience working across all areas of general management, regulation, marketing, crisis management, communications, turnaround and service development. Leading by example, she is clear about setting and communicating appropriate standards based on overall objectives. She is loyal and her work is underpinned by her strong beliefs in fairness and justice. She believes external perception of quality depends on vigilant attention to reputation management throughout an organisation.

Margaret has always been at the forefront of digital innovation. At the Labour Party she built the first national database of voters in the UK. She currently Chair’s the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation, which has developed the largest ‘Outcomes Database’ outside the United States. Their subsequent research and results has led to the South West London Elective Orthopaedic Centre becoming one of the most efficient elective surgical centres in the world.

Margaret actively supports a number of charities and not for profit organisations including serving as Director of AFC Wimbledon Foundation and member of the Dons Trust.

Margaret was introduced into the House of Lords as a Life Peer in July 2004. She serves as a member of the House Committee.

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Gail McGiffin

Gail McGiffin is a partner/principal in the Ernst & Young Insurance practice and leads the Global Underwriting practice which includes solutions across underwriting, product development, policy administration and billing. She has over 30 years in the business across both industry and consulting. Most recently, Gail was the Chief Information Officer at ProSight Specialty Insurance where she led the creation of an innovative, fully outsourced platform for this new specialty insurance company. This included solutions for bordereau and non-bordereau program business as well as a Lloyd’s syndicate. Prior to her role at ProSight, Gail was a senior executive/managing partner in Accenture’s Insurance practice, leading its Global Underwriting Transformation Offerings for 10 years.

Gail has led consulting engagements with many of the top global P&C insurers, including large scale business and technology transformation programs. Projects have included operating strategy, business architecture, product architecture, technology strategy, performance diagnostics and improvement, technology solution implementation, business intelligence, quality audit and organization optimization. Gail has particular expertise in commercial and specialty lines transformation and innovation and has worked with many of the top insurers in these segments.

Gail started her career in the P&C industry with 15 years at Chubb in commercial underwriting and product development and two years at Royal & SunAlliance leading commercial product development.

Gail graduated from Colgate University with High Honors.

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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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Maroun Mourad

Maroun Mourad is president of ISO – Commercial Lines, leading our commercial lines coverage and actuarial products, commercial underwriting solutions, and commercial lines field operations.

Mr. Mourad is a data analytics and insurance industry executive, profitably growing businesses for 19 years in the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, and emerging markets. While working at Gen Re, AIG, Arch, and Zurich, in leadership roles, Mr. Mourad served clients across underwriting (production and technical), operations, and general management. He led teams and P&Ls in personal and commercial lines spanning multiple customer segments, distribution channels, and cultures. Mr. Mourad’s focus on team building, customer centricity, and delivering quality results enabled business transformations in established, start-up, and turnaround environments.

Mr. Mourad 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 as a testament to his passion for the insurance business.

Mr. Mourad holds bachelor of arts and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Carey Anne Nadeau

Carey Anne Nadeau is a MIT-trained entrepreneur, focused on modernizing the measurement of risk. Formerly a Researcher at the Brookings Institution and Urban Institute, Carey Anne went on to found ODN (ODNsure.com), which uses location-based driving data and open data to predict where car crashes are likely and help auto insurance carriers and city Vision Zero Initiatives prevent crashes and save lives. She is the host of Profiles in Risk, a podcast featuring influential drivers of transformation in the insurance industry.

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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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Tammy L. Schultz

Tammy Schultz is president of Global Preneed for Assurant, Inc. and a member of the Company’s Management Committee. In this role, she is responsible for establishing strategy, developing and strengthening partner relationships, and creating efficiencies that drive success for the business unit, which maintains a market-leading position in the prefunded funeral insurance business in the U.S. and Canada.

Ms. Schultz joined Assurant in October 1995 as part of the sales and marketing department and held several influential positions early in her tenure that helped establish her as a leader. At various points, she was responsible for corporate communications and advertising, corporate and field training, partner relationship development, and organizational readiness and change management.

In 2003, Ms. Schultz was promoted to vice president, corporate development, where her focus was on developing the future strategy of Preneed. In that capacity, she helped grow the business to over $1 billion in annual sales across North America. In 2012, Ms. Schultz was appointed executive vice president and president of Global Preneed.

She was recognized as a Woman Worth Watching by the Diversity Journal in 2016 and, in 2018, was named chair of the Life Insurers Council Board of Directors, an industry organization connected to LOMA and LIMRA.

Ms. Schultz holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD and is a Fellow, Life Management Institute (LOMA).

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Veronica Scotti

Veronica Scotti was appointed Chairperson Public Sector Solutions in July 2018, succeeding from the role as President & CEO of Canada & the English Caribbean, based in Toronto.

Veronica joined Swiss Re in 1999 in London through the acquisition of Fox-Pitt Kelton, a boutique investment bank where she worked as Corporate Finance advisor. After moving to Zurich in 2002, she gained reinsurance experience through roles in strategy, risk management and products. Since 2007 she held various client-facing positions including Head of Business Development EMEA, and Key Account Manager in Zurich. As Client Executive in Armonk, New York, she had the global responsibility for some of Swiss Re’s largest clients, managing an international team of Key Account Managers.

Prior to joining Swiss Re, Veronica worked in investment banking in the UK, Switzerland and Italy with Banque Paribas, Union Bank of Switzerland and Banco di Napoli.

She holds an MBA from the SDA Bocconi School of Management in Milan, and a master's degree in International Commerce from the Naval University Institute, Naples, Italy.

Public Sector Solutions is committed to helping national, provincial and municipal governments, public entities as well as international organisations develop innovative risk transfer solutions to strengthen societal resilience, both in advanced and developing economies. We promote financial inclusion by improving access to insurance for risk-exposed low-income communities.

The Swiss Re Group is one of the world’s leading providers of reinsurance, insurance and other forms of insurance-based risk transfer, working to make the world more resilient. It anticipates and manages risk – from natural catastrophes to climate change, from ageing populations to cyber crime.

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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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Sabine VanderLinden

Sabine is a partner at Rainmaking, the CEO for Startupbootcamp InsurTech, and supervising the delivery of Hartford InsurTech Hub’s accelerator. Sabine cultivates the expertise of leading insurers, investors and mentors to bring the innovation of cohorts of startups to market. She also support incumbent organizations in achieving strategic impact from the delivery of effective innovation initiatives. She brings extensive operational and growth expertise gleaned from her corporate strategy definition and execution work, engaging with 100s of well-known financial services institutions. Outside Rainmaking, Sabine advises and invests growth ventures. Sabine is a co-editor of the first crowdsourced InsurTECH Book, which was published by Wiley on May 11, 2018, a top 50 InsurTech influencer and a board member for TIA Technology.

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Cécile Wendling

Dr. Cécile wendline is Group Head of Foresight at AXA.

With more than 15-year-experience in long term thinking, her role is to anticipate trends and disruptions that will impact the way people live and work in the future.

She has worked on the Future of Artificial Intelligence, Ethics of Algorithms, potential development of the blockchain, Future of Trust, Future of Work, Driverless cars, among others.

She has a PhD from the European University Institute and is Associate Researcher at the Centre de sociologie des organisations (CNRS-Sciences Po Paris);

Teaches Foresight methods and the Digital transformation of the firm at Sciences Po Paris;

Is Member of:

  • the board of Impact AI
  • the High Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence – European Commission
  • the scientific board of Palladio, think tank on the future of cities
  • the scientific board of Futuribles, a foresight think tank

 

Reports:

  • for the OECD: The use of big data in Risk & crisis Management,
  • For the European Commission Rapporteur of the EU foresight modeling expert group.

 

Publications in Academic journals:

  • Journal of contingencies and crisis management,
  • European Journal of Risk Regulations,
  • Journal of Risk Research.

 

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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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Jamie Whitmore

Personal: Whitmore has always been an athlete. When she was 5 years old, she started swimming, then it was softball and volleyball before she found her niche in track and field in eighth grade. She quickly found success as a distance runner and earned a scholarship to California State University, Northridge where she ran cross country and track. After graduating in 1998, she decided she wanted to be a professional triathlete. By 2001, she was racing mountain bikes professionally, and one year later she won her first Xterra off-road triathlon. Whitmore went on to become the most successful female athlete in XTERRA history with 37 wins, six national titles and one world title. In March of 2008, Whitmore learned that the source of the lingering pain in her leg was cancer – a spindle cell sarcoma that had wrapped around her sciatic nerve. The next year, Whitmore was in and out of the hospital with surgeries, radiation, chemotherapy and infections that left her fighting for her life. After relearning to walk and giving birth to twin boys in 2010, Whitmore won a gold and silver medal at the Paralympic Games Rio 2016. ...Daughter of Clyde and Christine Whitmore…Has twin sons, Christian and Ryder, who were born in January of 2010…Was pregnant with the twins before being a year cancer free…She coaches over 30 athletes for off-road and road triathlons…Hobbies include mountain biking and riding dirt jumps with her boys and watching Blacklist, Gotham and Hart of Dixie.

Session title: Getting Back in the Game: Returning to Life after an Injury or Illness

Speaker: Jamie Whitmore, U.S. Paralympian

Description: Returning to life after an illness can be challenging not only physically, but mentally.  Hear from U.S. Paralympian, Jamie Whitmore, as she not only overcame a life threating illness, but found the mental toughness to preserve and continue her quest to be an elite athlete.  Discover how Jamie accepted her disability and adversity with tremendous strength to rise above the challenges, focus on what is possible and reach her goals. Her positive outlook has opened many doors to other opportunities including becoming a two-time U.S. Paralympic medalist.  Jamie’s story will challenge your perception of people with disabilities and illustrate the power of the human achievement.

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