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Leaders, innovators are selected as 'Women to Watch'

Posted On: Oct. 8, 2006 12:00 AM CST

Leaders, innovators are selected as 'Women to Watch'

Business Insurance's report on "Women to Watch" is our attempt to identify some of the women who are leading change in commercial insurance, risk management, employee benefits and related fields.

The 80 women profiled beginning on page 18 represent senior executives and innovators at a range of organizations. These women are leaders, but they are not the only women worthy of note. Choosing this list was difficult (see related story), as we received many nominations for women who are doing outstanding work in their organizations.

We like to think of the Women to Watch report as a starting point, not an endpoint, for discussing the importance of women in the industry. Even though more women are taking on high-profile jobs, senior management in the insurance business has remained largely male. BI believes that diversity — whether through gender, race or ethnicity — is important for an industry that serves people and businesses in all walks of life.

BI last produced a special report on women in October 2000. That report looked at women's career contributions. This year's Women to Watch report was intended to spotlight current leaders as well as those who are about to take on senior leadership positions.

In general, the women on our list are in executive roles, serving risk managers, benefit managers or commercial insurers and are visible to those clients. Women who are involved behind the scenes in administrative roles are no less important, but our focus for this report was on leaders whose efforts are having a more direct impact on buyers.

The profiles of the Women to Watch feature biographical information and answers to three questions we posed: What advice would you give to young women entering the industry? Who has had the greatest influence on your career? What would you change about the insurance industry, if you could?

Their answers provide insight that we hope will inform and inspire others who are working in this industry — both men and women. While we have published answers to one of the three questions in the magazine, the complete profiles with the women's answers to the other questions can be viewed online.

The Women to Watch are a special group who can help attract other talented people to this business. BI is looking forward to reporting on the contributions women are making and the changes they are leading.

Regis Coccia, editor


Janice Abraham, United Educators Insurance

Kathleen Angel, Dell Inc.

Tracey Ant, Marsh Inc.

Nancy Aque, Integro Insurance Brokers

Wendy Baker, Lloyd's America Inc.

Brenda Ballard, Westrope

Inga K. Beale, Converium Holdings Ltd.

Jill B. Berkeley, Howrey L.L.P.

Florence Bindelle, Federation of European Risk Management Assns.

Mary S. Botkin, Jardine Lloyd Thompson L.L.C.

Deborah Broderick, Acordia Inc./Wells Fargo Insurance Services

Barbara C. Bufkin, Argonaut Group Inc.

Monica M. Burmeister, Hewitt Associates Inc.

Kathleen M. Burns, Aon Risk Services Americas' eSolutions Group

M. Michele Burns, Mercer Human Resource Consulting L.L.C.

Pamela Carpenter, St. Paul Travelers Cos. Inc.

Karen M. Clark, AIR Worldwide Corp.

Marsha A. Cohen, Reinsurance Assn. of America

Christine Dandridge, Atrium Underwriting P.L.C.

Helen Darling, National Business Group on Health

Pamela E. Davis, Nonprofits Insurance Alliance Group

Elizabeth Francy Demaret, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

Carol Denzer, RLI Corp.

Marie Gemma Dequae, NV Bekaert S.A.

Corbette S. Doyle, Aon Corp.

Lynn Drennan, Assn. of Local Authority Risk Managers

Alice Edwards, Hilb Rogal & Hobbs Co.

Karen K. Farris, Roach Howard Smith & Barton

Trish Getty, Assn. of Insurance and Reinsurance Run-Off Cos.

Alexandra Glickman, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

Connie Harden, Buck Consultants L.L.C.

Cathy A. Hauck, Partner Reinsurance Co.

Barbara Haugen, Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers

Kathryn Hayley, Aon Consulting U.S.

Dr. Pamela A. Hymel, Cisco Systems Inc.

Karen Ignagni, America's Health Insurance Plans

Doris Johnson, Chubb & Son Inc.

Linda Johnson, Benfield Inc.

Sharon Kaleta, Disability Management Employer Coalition

Anastasia Kelly, American International Group Inc.

Melissa Kerns, AIG Risk Management Group

Joy Erven Laughery, Surplus Lines Assn. of California

Lou Ann Layton, Marsh Inc.

Dierdre H. Littlefield, Starr Marine Agency Inc.

Fiona Luck, XL Capital Ltd.

Eileen McCusker, XL Insurance Co. Ltd.

Nancy M. Mellard, CBIZ Benefits & Insurance Services Inc.

Susan R. Meltzer, Aviva Canada Inc.

Lara Mowery, Guy Carpenter & Co. Inc.

Susanne Murray, Hilb Rogal & Hobbs Co.

Cecilia Norat, American International Group Inc.

Lori S. Nugent, Cozen O'Connor P.C.

Leslie Nylund, Willis Group Holdings Ltd.

Janice Ochenkowski, Jones Lang LaSalle

Susan J. Patschak, Endurance Specialty Insurance Ltd.

Mary Todd Peterson, Medmarc Insurance Group

Leigh Ann Pusey, American Insurance Assn.

Paula Rosput Reynolds, SAFECO Corp.

Pamela Rippens, Specialty Risk Services L.L.C.

Karen Rohan, CIGNA Group Insurance

Mary Roth, Risk & Insurance Management Society Inc.

Joy A. Schwartzman, Milliman Inc.

Lucille Sgaglione, Zurich Financial Services

Kelly Smith, Aon Re Americas

Karen V. Sothern, ACE USA

Robin Sterneck, Swiss Reinsurance Co.

Kathleen Swendsen, St. Paul Travelers Cos. Inc.

Claudia P. Temple, Brunswick Corp.

Ellen Thrower, St. John's University, School of Risk Management

Karen Beldy Torborg, Marsh Inc.

Sarah Turvill, Willis International

Laurel A. Ulrich, ACE USA

Maxine E. Walker, Factory Mutual Insurance Co.

Lisa Wall, Lockton Cos. Inc.

Shelly Wolff, Watson Wyatt Worldwide

Kathy Woodliff, Zurich Financial Services

Millicent W. Workman, International Risk Management Institute Inc.

Lisa Zeitel, Mercer Health & Benefits L.L.C.

Liz Zlatkus, Hartford Financial Services Group Inc.

Marita Zuraitis, Hanover Insurance Group Inc.