CONNECTING AS A COMMUNITY – STRATEGIES TO EMPOWER WOMEN IN INSURANCE

May 21, 2024 | Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel
#IBWomenInInsurance

ABOUT


Break barriers, build connections, and be part of the evolution of our industry at Women in Insurance Chicago – a live summit dedicated to empowering women and allies, developing the next generation of leaders, and celebrating the achievements of women in insurance.

Featuring influential speakers from top insurance companies, a packed agenda, and powerful networking opportunities, this one-day event is your chance to forge new professional relationships, explore hot-topic issues, and stay up-to-date on the latest industry trends.

Why attend?

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    Grow your network with industry leaders: Expand your professional circle with insurance heavyweights and like-minded peers in a series of exclusive networking sessions, including lunch and a drinks reception

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    Elevate your business skills: Level up and stand out from the crowd with interactive workshops and panel discussions designed to enhance your knowledge and decision-making prowess

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    Uncover insider knowledge: Stay ahead of the curve in our ever-evolving sector with up-to-the-minute insight from leading experts and a senior economist

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    Learn from the best: Discover actionable strategies for advancing your career, developing leadership skills, and building a lasting impact in insurance, direct from trailblazing industry leaders

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    Jumpstart Your Career or Help Guide the Future with Mentorship: Connect with top industry mentors ready to guide and elevate your professional journey or help mentees navigate the path to success as we launch our game-changing Women In in Insurance Mentorship Network

What You’ll Learn

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

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

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    Career Advancement Panel: Learn effective career-building strategies for women at all stages of their professional journey in a panel dedicated to 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


Gunjali Rana 
Gunjali Rana 

Assistant Vice President, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging Leader   
CNA 

Jess Ekstrom
Jess Ekstrom

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

Molly Nickoles
Molly Nickoles

Chief Executive Officer, Waypoint Wholesale, AmRisc

Jen Klobnak
Jen Klobnak

Chief Operating Officer
RLI Insurance Group

Lauren Kim 
Lauren Kim 

Managing Director, Financial Institutions Group 
NFP  

Margeaux Giles 
Margeaux Giles 

Chief Executive Officer 
Irys  

Leanne Berry
Leanne Berry

Vice President, Distribution
Vantage Risk Companies

Amy	Carnahan
Amy Carnahan

Senior Vice President
Gallagher

Kelly Cusick
Kelly Cusick

Managing Director
Deloitte Consulting LLP

Lauren Finnis
Lauren Finnis

Head of Commercial Lines, North America
WTW Insurance Consulting and Technology

Harriet Harty
Harriet Harty

Former Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer
ADT

Ashley Karg
Ashley Karg

Partner – US Casualty
McGill and Partners

Erin Kolar
Erin Kolar

Director of Insurance Data Solutions
SambaSafety

Suzette LeSane
Suzette LeSane

Line of Business Leader, Homeowners and Condo Solutions
Assurant

Beth	Marsh
Beth Marsh

Manager, Personal Lines Underwriting Operations
COUNTRY Financial

Camille McKinney
Camille McKinney

Executive Leadership Coach

Nancy McMahon
Nancy McMahon

CEO
Sapphire Blue

Margaret Resce Milkint
Margaret Resce Milkint

Global Insurance Practice Leader
Diversified Search Group

Yuna Nordeen
Yuna Nordeen

Vice President, Business Development    
Arch Insurance

Charmaine Rice
Charmaine Rice

SVP – Learning, Development & Diversity
AmTrust

Ellina Shinnick  
Ellina Shinnick  

Chief Marketing Officer 
HUB International  

Karrie Sullivan
Karrie Sullivan

Founder
Culminate Strategy Group

Kate Wade
Kate Wade

Managing Director 
Wade Strategy, LLC 

AGENDA


All times in CT
  • 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. 

    Camille McKinney
    Camille McKinney

    Executive Leadership Coach

    Molly Nickoles
    Molly Nickoles

    Chief Executive Officer, Waypoint Wholesale, AmRisc

  • Opening remarks from chairperson
    Gunjali Rana 
    Gunjali Rana 

    Assistant Vice President, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging Leader   
    CNA 

  • 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 trigger 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

    Seize the 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. 

    Gunjali Rana 
    Gunjali Rana 

    Assistant Vice President, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging Leader   
    CNA 

  • 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.  

    • 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 
    Facilitators
    Karrie Sullivan
    Karrie Sullivan

    Founder
    Culminate Strategy Group

    Kate Wade
    Kate Wade

    Managing Director 
    Wade Strategy, LLC 

  • Networking coffee break
  • Leaders’ briefing: Opportunity by numbers – Revealing data-driven industry insights

    An exclusive opportunity to hear the latest industry-focused trends from three senior insurance leaders. 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: 

    • Insurance trends including 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 
    Moderator
    Erin Kolar
    Erin Kolar

    Director of Insurance Data Solutions
    SambaSafety

    Panelists
    Kelly Cusick
    Kelly Cusick

    Managing Director
    Deloitte Consulting LLP

    Lauren Finnis
    Lauren Finnis

    Head of Commercial Lines, North America
    WTW Insurance Consulting and Technology

  • Panel: Strategies to empower women in insurance – Unlocking leadership success at every career stage

    Today we’re seeing that 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 to develop your own authentic leadership style  
    • Decisions to make now to establish a business legacy  
    Moderator
    Charmaine Rice
    Charmaine Rice

    SVP – Learning, Development & Diversity
    AmTrust

    Panelists
    Suzette LeSane
    Suzette LeSane

    Line of Business Leader, Homeowners and Condo Solutions
    Assurant

    Nancy McMahon
    Nancy McMahon

    CEO
    Sapphire Blue

    Yuna Nordeen
    Yuna Nordeen

    Vice President, Business Development    
    Arch Insurance

    Ellina Shinnick  
    Ellina Shinnick  

    Chief Marketing Officer 
    HUB International  

  • Networking lunch
  • Focus on DEI – Embracing the new leadership rules  

    What are the new leadership rules? It’s no longer enough to be an exceptionally skilled rainmaker, business strategist, or to master the art of relationshipbuilding with clients. Marketleading insurers of the future will be steered by leaders with additional tools in their leadership toolkit, including change management and DEI strategies. The future leaders of our industry come equipped with new ideas and perspectives. How can we build workspaces that welcome this new generation? What does your leadership team need to do now to ensure your firm remains or emerges as a market leader in the future? This interactive session will explore new approaches to leadership and DEI strategy.  

    Margaret Resce Milkint
    Margaret Resce Milkint

    Global Insurance Practice Leader
    Diversified Search Group

  • 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.  

    • 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 
    Harriet Harty
    Harriet Harty

    Former Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer
    ADT

  • 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.  

    • 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
    Amy	Carnahan
    Amy Carnahan

    Senior Vice President
    Gallagher

    Panelists
    Margeaux Giles 
    Margeaux Giles 

    Chief Executive Officer 
    Irys  

    Lauren Kim 
    Lauren Kim 

    Managing Director, Financial Institutions Group 
    NFP  

  • 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:    

    • Learn how to bridge the generation gap and transfer knowledge effectively  
    • Explore 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
    Leanne Berry
    Leanne Berry

    Vice President, Distribution
    Vantage Risk Companies

    Panelists
    Ashley Karg
    Ashley Karg

    Partner – US Casualty
    McGill and Partners

    Jen Klobnak
    Jen Klobnak

    Chief Operating Officer
    RLI Insurance Group

    Beth	Marsh
    Beth Marsh

    Manager, Personal Lines Underwriting Operations
    COUNTRY Financial

  • Closing remarks from chairperson
    Gunjali Rana 
    Gunjali Rana 

    Assistant Vice President, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging Leader   
    CNA 

  • Networking drinks reception

Welcome to the Women in Insurance MENTORSHIP NETWORK

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    When will I be introduced to my match?

    Meet your match at Women in Insurance Summit Chicago on May 21. Join the breakfast launch to hear from an expert speaker on mentorship best practices and how to maximize the relationship.

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    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


Mentorship Network Sponsor

  • AmRisc

Gold Sponsors

  • Arch Capital USA
  • Irys
  • Ryan Specialty
  • Samba Safety

Silver Sponsors

  • Gallagher Insurance USA
  • Safety National

Associate Sponsors

  • AmTrust Insurance
  • CNA
  • CRC Group
  • Everest
  • Velocity Risk Underwriters

Media Partner

  • APIW

VENUE


Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel

TRAVEL PLANS

Preferred Accommodation

Hotel room rates are subject to all applicable taxes and fees. Rooms are subject to availability in each hotel on May 20. We recommend that you book as soon as possible.

RADISSON BLU AQUA HOTEL

221 N Columbus Dr, Chicago, IL 60601, United States

Book your group rate via the reservation link to secure the discounted rate until April 10, 2023.

Room rate: $287 USD per room/night
Cut-off date: April 10, 2024

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