CONNECTING AS A COMMUNITY – STRATEGIES TO EMPOWER WOMEN IN INSURANCE

April 12, 2024 | JW Marriott Atlanta Buckhead
#IBWomenInInsurance

ABOUT


Women in Insurance Atlanta returns in 2024 with a live summit dedicated to empowering women and allies, developing the next generation of leaders, and celebrating the achievements of women in insurance.  

The event has been designed to enable insurance professionals to make new connections, discover new ideas and disruptions, explore the hot topics and key challenges women face in the industry and get inspired to advance in their careers.  

Featuring influential speakers from leading companies, a packed agenda and powerful networking opportunities, the event aims to inspire and empower the industry to continue to make positive change in its goal to close the gender gap and provide equal opportunities for men and women to flourish.  

Join us in person in Atlanta on April 12, 2024, to celebrate the resilience of this innovative and forward-thinking industry and unite as part of the summit’s global conversation.

Why attend?

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    Elevate Your Business Skills: Engage in dynamic workshops and networking sessions designed to enhance your business savvy and decision-making prowess. This is your chance to stand out in the insurance industry

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    Gain Insider Knowledge: Immerse yourself in the latest industry trends and insights from leading experts and a Chief Economist. Stay ahead of the curve in the ever-evolving world of insurance

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    Learn from the Best: Participate in engaging panel discussions that offer actionable strategies for advancing your career, developing leadership skills, and building a lasting impact in the insurance sector

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    Network with Industry Leaders: Seize this exceptional opportunity to connect with peers and industry luminaries during our exclusive networking sessions, including a lunch and a drinks reception. Expand your professional circle in a setting designed for growth and opportunity

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    Jumpstart Your Career or Help Guide the Future with Mentorship: Don’t miss this unique opportunity to join the Women in Insurance Mentorship Program. Connect with top industry mentors ready to guide and elevate your professional journey, help mentees navigate the path to success and growth

What You Will Learn?

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    Future-Proofing Workshop: Discover expert tactics to strengthen your business resilience and adaptability in a fast-changing industry

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    Market Insight Briefing: Gain essential, data-driven market knowledge from a Chief Economist and industry leaders to guide your business decisions

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    Career Advancement Panel: Learn effective career-building strategies for women at all stages in a panel dedicated to professional growth and leadership

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    C-Suite Influence Workshop: Master the art of influencing top-level executives with strategic proposals and decision-making insights

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    Mentorship Network Insights: Transform your career with key mentorship strategies and networking opportunities in the Women in Insurance Mentorship Network

SPEAKERS


Taffy Jo Mayers
Taffy Jo Mayers

Commercial Officer Neuron Digital Trading
WTW ICT

Jess Ekstrom
Jess Ekstrom

Social entrepreneur
Forbes Top Rated speaker, and best-selling author

Tamieka Weeks ARM-E, AIC
Tamieka Weeks ARM-E, AIC

Director, Global Risk Management & Insurance
Southwire Company

Sonja Teague
Sonja Teague

Senior Vice President, Head of A & H Claims North America
Chubb

Tracey Estes
Tracey Estes

Executive Vice President, Large Accounts Casualty
Arch Insurance

Angela Taylor
Angela Taylor

Partner Strategist, Life Insurance Business Development
TruStage

Lacrecia Cade
Lacrecia Cade

Founder & CEO
What-If Collective

Renée Collins
Renée Collins

Assistant Vice President, BI Field Operations, SC & Specialty Practices
Travelers

Dr Angela Grotto
Dr Angela Grotto

Associate Professor, Management & Marketing
Manhattan College

Ronna Ruppelt
Ronna Ruppelt

Chief Executive Officer
CLM

Alexis Cierra Vaughn
Alexis Cierra Vaughn

Founder & CEO
Off Course Consulting

Lisa Radford
Lisa Radford

Senior Vice President, Senior Customer Relationship Manager
Swiss Re Corporate Solutions

Libby Willingham
Libby Willingham

Executive Vice President
Mallory Agency

Welcome to the Women in Insurance Mentoring Network


What is it?

Launching at the 2024 Women in Insurance Summit series, the Women in Insurance Mentorship Network is a supportive platform for connecting and empowering women in the insurance industry to lead effectively and maximize their careers. Mentorship and peer-supported learning are key drivers of success, and we’re excited to facilitate this at our Women in Insurance event series.

Why should I participate?

Whether you’re an established industry leader or a rising talent, the Women in Insurance Mentorship Network is designed to deliver valuable learning, meaningful connection, and business-focused insight for all women in the industry. Through both mentorship and peer-to-peer matchmaking, women of all experience levels will be paired with a partner matched to their personal and professional goals.

How will we be matched?

Want to be a mentor? Looking for guidance from a more seasoned professional? Want to share knowledge with a peer? Indicate your interest when you register to attend the event and we will follow up with a form to complete with your goals for participation in the Mentorship Network. Based on your responses, we pair you with a partner and desired role in the network.

When will I be introduced to my match?

Meet your match at Women in Insurance Summit Atlanta on April 12. Join the breakfast launch to hear from an expert speaker on mentorship best practices and how to maximize the relationship.

How do I get involved?

To connect with the Women in Insurance community beyond the Summit and participate in the Network as a Mentor, Mentee, or Peer Advisor, indicate your interest when you register for the event, and we will be in touch!

AGENDA


All times in ET
  • Registration and breakfast
  • Women in Insurance Mentorship Network Launch

    Celebrate the launch of our new Women in Insurance mentorship program! Join us to find out more about the Network and introduce yourself to your matched mentor/mentee or peer advisor. This is a valuable opportunity to hear from an expert speaker on the best practices of mentoring, reverse mentoring, and how to leverage the benefits of mentorship to make the most of your new mentor/mentee relationship. If you haven’t signed up yet, this is your chance to get involved.

  • Opening remarks from chairperson
    Taffy Jo Mayers
    Taffy Jo Mayers

    Commercial Officer Neuron Digital Trading
    WTW ICT

  • Welcome address
    Tracey Estes
    Tracey Estes

    Executive Vice President, Large Accounts Casualty
    Arch Insurance

  • Opening Keynote: Chasing the bright side – Purpose-driven thinking leads to unstoppable growth

    It’s easy to allow negative thoughts to make you feel like you’re constantly moving from problem to problem. A recent American Academy of Neurology study found that prolonged negative thinking diminishes your brain’s ability to think clearly and quickly drains your energy. In this illuminating keynote based on her best-selling book, Chasing the Bright Side, Jess Ekstrom reveals how editing your negative thought patterns to embrace optimism can activate the growth mindset that will take you to the next level. It’s not about eliminating negativity; but harnessing it to activate your purpose. Jess knows this more than most, having founded two multi-million dollar social enterprises helping women and girls all over the world.   

    • Finding the overlap between passion and profit 
    • Why optimism is the key to positive growth 
    • Identify the five core mindsets and how to use them  
    • How to turn setbacks into comebacks 
    Jess Ekstrom
    Jess Ekstrom

    Social entrepreneur
    Forbes Top Rated speaker, and best-selling author

  • Speed networking  

    An opportunity to meet your peers and get to know more people in the room. Expand your network, make connections, and meet fellow delegates in this structured networking session. 

    Taffy Jo Mayers
    Taffy Jo Mayers

    Commercial Officer Neuron Digital Trading
    WTW ICT

  • Interactive workshop: How to future-proof your business by leveraging your network

    In today’s rapidly changing insurance landscape, your professional network can be a powerful asset in ensuring the longevity and success of your business. This facilitated workshop explores the strategies and tactics for future-proofing your business by tapping into your network’s potential, insight, and energy. Learn how to:  

    • Harness the power of your professional network for business longevity 
    • Leverage both online and offline relationships to adapt to industry changes 
    • Seize opportunities and stay ahead of trends with a strong network 
    • Build a resilient and sustainable business through inspiring connections 
  • Networking coffee break
  • Leaders’ briefing: Opportunity by numbers – Revealing data-driven industry insights

    An exclusive opportunity to hear the latest industry-focused economic outlook from a Chief Economist, in conversation with a senior insurance leader. This session showcases data-driven insights on industry challenges and the opportunities they create. Data will empower you as a leader to better understand the market conditions impacting insurance and the tools available to navigate them. Enhance your market understanding for informed business decision-making and gain valuable takeaways on: 

    • Industry data revealing pain points and opportunities  
    • An enhanced market understanding for informed business decisions  
    • Insights and tools for navigating market conditions 
    • A data-driven approach to address industry challenges 
  • Panel: Strategies to empower women in insurance – Unlocking leadership success at every career stage

    In the dynamic world of insurance, career success is not limited by age or experience. What can we learn from each other’s unique perspectives and experiences? How can women take steps to advance at each level – what’s proven? This session explores the strategies and opportunities that individuals can harness to thrive in the insurance industry at every stage of their professional journey. With insights on overcoming the most common leadership pain points, explore:  

    • Successful strategies for establishing a winning career foundation 
    • Your toolkit to overcome leadership challenges and take your career to the next level  
    • Leadership opportunities that will drive your career forward  
    • How do you develop your own authentic leadership style?  
    • Decisions to make now to establish a business legacy  
    Moderator
    Amy Lochhead
    Amy Lochhead

    Senior Vice President, Regional Executive East
    Liberty Mutual

    Panelists
    Ronna Ruppelt
    Ronna Ruppelt

    Chief Executive Officer
    CLM

    Angela Taylor
    Angela Taylor

    Partner Strategist, Life Insurance Business Development
    TruStage

    Sonja Teague
    Sonja Teague

    Senior Vice President, Head of A & H Claims North America
    Chubb

    Tamieka Weeks ARM-E, AIC
    Tamieka Weeks ARM-E, AIC

    Director, Global Risk Management & Insurance
    Southwire Company

  • Networking lunch
  • Presented by Arch Insurance: Where do you draw your line? Managing the blurred boundaries between work and personal life

    It’s 9am on a Sunday morning and your phone chimes with a message from work. When you read it, do you find yourself asking, “Was that really necessary?” Our personal time is splintered by interruptions from work. We are constantly “switching gears,” as we toggle our attention between work and the rest of life. It might feel like we can get more done this way, but we all have our limits, and so it is not sustainable, personally or professionally. This session will explore the legitimacy of after-hours interruptions, the importance of attentional agility in a world of interruptions, and the need to be more thoughtful and deliberate when interrupting others. Questions to be addressed include:    

    • Who is more tolerant of after-hours interruptions and who might pay the bigger price in the long run: men or women?  
    • As a manager, is it your responsibility to help others manage their boundaries?  
    • What exactly can you do to establish, communicate, and maintain your own boundaries? 
    Dr Angela Grotto
    Dr Angela Grotto

    Associate Professor, Management & Marketing
    Manhattan College

  • Interactive workshop: Impacting up – How to influence decision-making in the C-suite

    Influencing C-suite decision makers involves understanding their priorities, building trust, and presenting compelling arguments. To make an impact, it’s essential to align your proposals with their strategic goals and demonstrate how your ideas can benefit your organization. Collaborate with your peers in small groups to discuss how you can influence up for senior leadership buy-in. In this workshop you will learn how to: 

    • Understand the mindset of C-suite executives and their decision-making process  
    • Build and maintain strong, strategic relationships with key C-suite allies 
    • Develop critical skills for influencing and negotiation 
    • Craft and deliver robust, persuasive proposals tailored to business priorities 
    • Leverage data, research, and case-studies to support your recommendations and your cause 
  • Networking coffee break
  • Fireside chat: Accelerate through authenticity – Using who you are to drive your business and career

    Embracing your unique values, skills and passions can be a catalyst for professional success. How can you transform your weaknesses into superpowers for success? This session explores how being true to yourself, developing your strengths, and leveraging your personal story leads to a fulfilling and profitable career. Leaders share their career journeys and stories of how they leaned into and mastered their perceived weaknesses to succeed. Discover how to:  

    • Be authentic while developing your career  
    • Align your career goals with your unique qualities, values, and interests 
    • Use your personal story to connect with your customers 
    • Get comfortable with self-advocacy  
    • Achieve personal fulfillment while reaching career and business goals 
    Moderator
    Lacrecia Cade
    Lacrecia Cade

    Founder & CEO
    What-If Collective

    Panelists
    Renée Collins
    Renée Collins

    Assistant Vice President, BI Field Operations, SC & Specialty Practices
    Travelers

    Lisa Radford
    Lisa Radford

    Senior Vice President, Senior Customer Relationship Manager
    Swiss Re Corporate Solutions

  • Panel: Capturing best practice – Preserving industry wisdom for the next generation

    With the younger boomer generation of insurance professionals set to retire en masse in the next decade, the need to retain industry knowledge and expertise is critical as we transition to the next generation of markets. How can we ensure effective knowledge transfer to the next generations of insurance leaders? Through compelling examples, attendees will gain insights into the strategies and best practices employed by leading organizations to successfully safeguard and pass on invaluable industry wisdom. Gain practical takeaways and:    

    • Learn how to bridge the generation gap and transfer knowledge effectively  
    • Real-world examples of successful approaches to safeguarding industry wisdom 
    • Prepare for the challenges and opportunities that the evolving market presents through knowledge-sharing 
    • Discover concrete examples of best practices in action to equip your business for the future 
    Moderator
    Alexis Cierra Vaughn
    Alexis Cierra Vaughn

    Founder & CEO
    Off Course Consulting

    Panelists
    Libby Willingham
    Libby Willingham

    Executive Vice President
    Mallory Agency

  • Closing remarks from chairperson
    Taffy Jo Mayers
    Taffy Jo Mayers

    Commercial Officer Neuron Digital Trading
    WTW ICT

  • Networking drinks reception

Welcome to the Women in Insurance Mentoring Network

  • User Icon

    What is it?

    Launching at the 2024 Women in Insurance Summit series, the Women in Insurance Mentorship Network is a supportive platform for connecting and empowering women in the insurance industry to lead effectively and maximize their careers. Mentorship and peer-supported learning are key drivers of success, and we’re excited to facilitate this at our Women in Insurance event series.

  • Chat Icon

    Why should I participate?

    Whether you’re an established industry leader or a rising talent, the Women in Insurance Mentorship Network is designed to deliver valuable learning, meaningful connection, and business-focused insight for all women in the industry. Through both mentorship and peer-to-peer matchmaking, women of all experience levels will be paired with a partner matched to their personal and professional goals.

  • Idea Icon

    How will we be matched?

    Want to be a mentor? Looking for guidance from a more seasoned professional? Want to share knowledge with a peer? Indicate your interest when you register to attend the event and we will follow up with a form to complete with your goals for participation in the Mentorship Network. Based on your responses, we pair you with a partner and desired role in the network.

  • Bytesize Portfolio Icon

    When will I be introduced to my match?

    Meet your match at Women in Insurance Summit Atlanta on April 12. Join the breakfast launch to hear from an expert speaker on mentorship best practices and how to maximize the relationship.

  • Bullhorn Icon

    How do I get involved?

    To connect with the Women in Insurance community beyond the Summit and participate in the Network as a Mentor, Mentee, or Peer Advisor, indicate your interest when you register for the event, and we will be in touch!

SPONSORS


Event Partner

  • Arch Capital USA

Gold Sponsors

  • Liberty Mutual
  • TruStage

Silver Sponsors

  • One80 Intermediaries
  • Safety National

Associate Sponsor

  • Zurich

VENUE


JW Marriott Atlanta Buckhead

TRAVEL PLANS

Preferred Accommodation

Hotel room rates are subject to all applicable taxes and fees. Rooms are subject to availability in each hotel from April 11 to April 12. We recommend that you book as soon as possible.

JW MARRIOTT ATLANTA BUCKHEAD

3300 Lenox Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326, United States

Book your group rate via the reservation link to secure the discounted rate .

Room rate: $239 USD per Standard King room/night

Cut-off date: March 21, 2024

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