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Women to Watch: Leigh Ann Pusey

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

Leigh Ann Pusey

Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vp-Government Affairs

American Insurance Assn.


Age: 44

Leigh Ann Pusey joined the American Insurance Assn. as senior vp-public affairs in 1996, was named senior vp-federal affairs in 1999 and added the duties of chief operating officer earlier this year. She previously held several political positions, including communications director for former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga.

Advice to young women: "It's a tough environment but full of opportunity. You need to know your subject--be smart, and be willing to work hard. Most importantly--think strategically."