Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.—one of the world’s largest providers of insurance brokerage, employee benefits consulting and risk management services—offers client-service capabilities in more than 150 countries around the world. Committed to ethics and inclusion, Gallagher has been named a World’s Most Ethical Company® for five consecutive years.
The CLM is the largest professional association in the insurance industry with a membership of more than 35,000 professionals in the claims resolution and litigation management industries. Founded in 2007, the CLM membership benefits from our networking events, continuing education programs, and a wide variety of industry resources.
Clyde & Co. is a leading global law firm with more than 1,400 lawyers and 3,300 staff in 40+ offices across 6 continents. The firm focuses on its core global sectors of insurance, trade and commodities, energy, transport and infrastructure. Clyde & Co. was named Transatlantic Law Firm of the Year 2017 by The American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel and LegalWeek.
Based in Atlanta, Crawford & Company (NYSE: CRD-A and CRD-B) is the world’s largest publicly listed independent provider of claims management solutions to insurance companies and self-insured entities with an expansive global network serving clients in more than 70 countries. The Crawford Solution® offers comprehensive, integrated claims services, business process outsourcing and consulting services for major product lines including property and casualty claims management, workers’ compensation claims and medical management, and legal settlement administration. The company delivers services under the Crawford brand as well as through Broadspire, Contractor Connection, Garden City Group and WeGoLook. More information is available at www.crawfordandcompany.com.
FM Global is a mutual insurance company whose capital, scientific research capability and engineering expertise are solely dedicated to property risk management and the resilience of its client-owners. For nearly two centuries, many of the world’s largest organizations have worked with FM Global to develop cost-effective property insurance and engineering solutions. FM Global is committed to supporting diversity and inclusion in the insurance industry through a number of initiatives, including the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). Learn more at fmglobal.com.
Lockton is a privately held, global professional services firm that specializes in risk management, retirement, and employee benefits. Through this expertise, we help clients protect their most valuable assets – their people, property and reputation. Often, this is done through insurance, and Lockton is the world’s largest privately-owned insurance brokerage firm. We strongly believe that diversity and inclusion in our workforce makes us a better company. Not only does it foster a culture of caring and openness, but it also allows us to better serve and represent the diverse needs of our clients.
QBE North America, an integrated specialist insurer, is part of QBE Insurance Group Limited, one of the largest insurers and reinsurers worldwide. QBE NA reported Gross Written Premiums in 2016 of $4.6 billion. QBE operates out of 37 countries around the globe, with a presence in every key insurance market. Since establishing our North American presence in 1991, headquartered in New York, QBE has focused on the unique integration of financial strength, a broad product set and sophisticated capabilities to deliver great value for our distribution partners and policyholders. Our insurance portfolio consists of four major segments: Property & Casualty, Specialty, Crop and Reinsurance.
Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc., is a leading global provider of technology-enabled risk and benefits solutions. At Sedgwick, caring countsSM; the company takes care of people and organizations by delivering cost-effective claims, productivity, managed care, risk consulting and other services through the dedication and expertise of nearly 15,000 colleagues in some 275 offices located in the U.S., Canada, the U.K and Ireland.
"At Swiss Re, we understand the importance of recognizing and valuing the differences in each of us so that we can create an inclusive and dynamic work environment. I believe this will help us and the industry achieve better business results, as well as benefit us in attracting and retaining the best talent. We have to recognize that a "one size fits all" approach simply doesn't work in today's society." Eric Smith, President and CEO, Swiss Re Americas.
At The Hartford, we work every day to develop our inclusive culture. We believe in supporting and embracing diversity across our workforce, and we appreciate the unique characteristics, perspectives and experiences each employee brings to the workplace. Our customers operate in dynamic business environments and represent a diverse set of industries. Having a team that encourages diversity in thought, and works together to create tailored solutions enables us to better serve our customers.
Our inclusive community provides an environment where all employees can focus on business outcomes, enables ongoing innovation and provides better solutions for our customers. We foster a high-performance atmosphere where employees feel comfortable giving and receiving open and honest feedback. Our deliberate focus on fostering an inclusive work environment where people can continue to progress in their careers, makes us a company of choice for employees, business partners, and customers.
Willis Towers Watson is proud to be a Founding Partner of the Business Insurance Diversity and Inclusion Institute. Our company is committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment enriched by our people, our clients and the communities in which we work. Why? Because the greatest ideas and discoveries have come from a diverse mix of minds, backgrounds and experiences.
At Willis Towers Watson, our distinct, connected perspective across talent, assets and ideas unlocks potential for our clients – and our employees. We look at our business and talent strategies collectively, not separately, because our success is directly linked to attracting, engaging, developing and retaining the best talent. Our approach to diversity and inclusion focuses on enriching our marketplace, our workforce and our workplace in a variety of ways. This starts with our values and global priorities, and flows through to our approach to serving our clients, driving our growth and creating a supportive environment for everyone at our company.
But we can do more – both in our company and our industry. Our clients and their organizations represent a rich fabric of cultures, beliefs, abilities, languages and ethnicities – so it only makes sense that ours should too. We cannot effectively relate to and understand our clients and other key stakeholders if our thoughts, perspectives and experiences do not reflect theirs.
The Business Insurance Diversity and Inclusion Institute offers a distinct opportunity to differentiate our market sector. I look forward to uniting efforts with my commercial insurance and broking industry peers. By championing diversity and inclusion together, we can keep our sector competitive and relevant, and create an environment that provides opportunities for all individuals.
XL Catlin is proud to be a part of the Diversity & Inclusion Institute. This brief video message from CEO Mike McGavick explains our thinking behind our commitment to this invaluable initiative. XL Catlin knows that superior insight only comes from harnessing diverse experiences and ways of thinking, which can only stem from fostering and strengthening a diverse, inclusive and welcoming workforce in our company and the insurance industry.
Zurich Insurance is a leading multi-line insurer that serves its customers in global and local markets. With about 54,000 employees, it provides a wide range of property and casualty, and life insurance products and services in more than 210 countries and territories. Zurich is a top-five commercial insurer in the U.S., providing customers with more than 100 years of experience. Zurich believes diversity and inclusion is vital to its business. It is focused on creating a workplace environment that nurtures its people and its belief in the value that diverse and inclusive teams bring to its organization and the insurance industry. Zurich’s support as a Founding Partner of the Diversity & Inclusion Institute is an extension of that focus.
HISTORY OF THE JIM ELLIS COMPANIES
Working with limited resources is not foreign to Jim Ellis. When he was ten years old, he and his family moved to the Atlanta Prison Farm property. His father was a foreman of the prison farm and his grandfather was superintendent. Growing up, Ellis worked on the farm, had a milk and paper route, did construction, ran a concessions business at Grant Park, and ran a laundry route. By the time he completed West Georgia College and Georgia State University in 1957 with a BBA in general management, he had also worked as a prison guard and foreman, sold insurance, IBM Machines and real estate, and held various other jobs to work his way through college. After returning from serving two years in the Army, Ellis held a variety of jobs until he found his place in the automobile business with General Motors in 1960.
In 1970, Jim Ellis and his wife, Billie Ellis, took the biggest financial plunge of their lives to establish their own dealership. They sold all their assets, used all their savings, cashed in Billie’s retirement fund from 15 years of service at Georgia Tech, and borrowed the balance in 1971 to begin Jim Ellis Volkswagen. When the totals were in, the plunge amounted to $35,000 in assets and $165,000 in loans.
Today Jim Ellis is a well-known, reputable automotive group of multiple dealerships and hundreds of wonderful employees.
Jim and Billie Ellis’ children, Karen, Kristi, Jimmy and Greg (deceased), have all worked or presently hold positions in the family business. Jimmy is President and Chief Executive Officer for the dealerships. He began in 1971 as a technician trainee for the dealership and developed through phases in departments as service writer, salesman, manager and general manager.
In Atlanta, the “Jim Ellis” name means reputable dealerships and satisfied customers. The Ellis family has been equally impressive with contributions of time, money, and resources to the auto industry, associations and community and charitable organizations.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT – “OUR CREDO”
Our guiding principle is to be the best automobile retail organization for the franchises we represent in serving the Atlanta communities. Jim Ellis Pledges to be the best in delivering quality, vehicle sales and service experiences to our clients and prospects. We also pledge to continue to enhance our long standing reputation of fostering a family atmosphere that creates high employee satisfaction and outstanding customer satisfaction.
At Jim Ellis Automotive dealerships, you can always………….“Expect the Best”
Founded in 2010, Ryan Specialty Group, LLC, is an international holding company consisting of a wholesale broker, R-T Specialty, LLC, and managing general underwriters operating through RSG Underwriting Managers, each servicing a client base of brokers, agents and insurance carriers.. www.ryansg.com
Safety National is a leading provider of alternative risk funding products such as excess workers’ compensation, deductible casualty, loss portfolio transfers and reinsurance. Safety National is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tokio Marine Holdings, Inc., a Tokyo-based global insurer who is ranked among the top insurance companies in the world with a presence in over 40 countries.
Protection and purpose
Taylor Oswald, a forward-focused firm and partner organization of Oswald Companies, serves clients with a global view of risk in the areas of property & casualty, employee benefits and health management, personal insurance management, retirement plan services and life insurance.
Risk management and insurance solutions are not one size fits all.
It is this breadth of resources and comprehensive approach that makes Taylor Oswald a true partner in protecting and strengthening all aspects of an organization. Taylor Oswald provides value-added services and consulting in the specialized areas of:
Middle-Market & Global Corporations
Education (Charter Schools, Private/Public, Higher Education and more)
The strength of your organization is centered in the depth of the team at your table. Businesses of all sizes can benefit from a strategy that recognizes the opportunities in bringing diverse perspectives and service offerings to the table.
Glassbreakers is an enterprise software company, leading the corporate diversity management market with their inclusion technology. As the first-to-market mentorship and employee resource group management as a service, Glassbreakers’ solution is a digital transformation of Employee Resource Groups that empowers organizations to better manage, engage and support their talent. Glassbreakers is a pioneer in the emerging inclusion technology field and a driving force in revolutionizing workforce inclusion on a global scale. Inclusion inspires innovation, improves employee retention and financial returns with software that enables employees to bring their whole selves to work.
Our Vision: Transform Leadership Through Neuroscience
The NeuroLeadership Institute is a leading global research organization and the pioneer of bringing neuroscience to leadership. Since its inception the Institute has united the world’s foremost neuroscientists, leadership researchers, and organizational practitioners with the purpose of transforming how we think, develop, and perform.