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How the women were chosen


Business Insurance had a difficult time selecting the 80 women profiled in this issue.

The magazine invited readers to nominate women working worldwide in commercial insurance, reinsurance, risk management, employee benefits and related fields, such as law and consulting. Readers responded by submitting many nominations. BI staff also contributed information about women in the industry, from which an overall list was compiled. A panel of senior Business Insurance editors then pored over the list, with an eye to identifying the “Women to Watch.”

The selection process took several weeks and applied criteria including: recent professional achievements, influence on the marketplace and contributions to the advancement of women in business. BI editors gave special consideration to the contributions of women in the past three years who are in leadership positions that have a direct impact on the buyers of commercial lines insurance, reinsurance or employee benefits programs. For this reason, women doing outstanding work within their organizations but chiefly in administrative roles generally do not appear on the list. Reflecting Business Insurance's editorial focus, women executives at organizations that specialize in personal lines business were excluded from the list.

The list of Women to Watch is not intended to be exhaustive, nor should the women on it be considered the only ones worthy of note. BI's goal was to bring to buyers' attention many of the senior women leaders who are helping change the industry for the better.