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Women to Watch: Nancy M. Mellard

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

Nancy M. Mellard

Executive Vp and General Counsel

CBIZ Benefits & Insurance Services Inc.

Leawood, Kan.

Age: 53

Nancy M. Mellard has more than 25 years of legal, licensing and compliance experience in the insurance industry. She joined CBIZ in 1996 and since then has built her division's licensing department and managed the legal consolidation of more than 20 corporations into a single division for CBIZ. Before joining CBIZ, she served as vp of legal affairs and was later promoted to senior vp and general counsel at the Grant Nelson Group Inc. in Kansas City, Mo. She also is leading CBIZ's Women's Initiative Program and serves as chairwoman of the legal counsel's committee of the Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers.

Advice to young women: "In all aspects of your life, surround yourself with people and associates that are smarter than you. This industry has changed significantly in the past 15 years and will continue to change. Don't let knowledge and change intimidate you or be seen as a threat. Both should be embraced as the greatest opportunities to grow."