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2017 Break Out Awards, West: Michelle Bennett



Director, risk management

Cable One Inc.


Age: 39

Michelle Bennett has been director of risk management at Cable One Inc. since 2015. Her previous positions include global risk manager at the Las Vegas Sands Corp. and manager of risk management at Orbital Sciences Corp.

Best advice you’ve been given

Servant leadership, and basically being of service to others. Finding a way to add value to whatever problem anybody else is going through.

Top industry concern

It would definitely be cyber exposures, breaches, and then your standard environmental weather-related disasters.

Best-kept secret about insurance

The best-kept secret about it is, it’s not viewed as helpful, necessarily. I like working in this field because you can help other people, and that’s how I started out in my career. Being able to problem solve and educate at the same time seems like it is the best-kept secret.

What inspires you?

My mother’s definitely an inspiration to me. She was a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force and was a fantastic example of a leader from my first step.

Next big thing in insurance

Probably the further development and advance of enterprise risk management as a strategic tool for organizations.

How do you unwind?

Just spending time with my family and my very close friends and trying not to think about insurance when I get home.

Hobbies and interests

I really enjoy movies and reading, and travel. Really looking forward to exploring some more travel with my husband, and live music, definitely one of our favorite pastimes.


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