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Women to Watch: Ellen Thrower


Ellen Thrower

Executive Director

St. John's University, School of Risk Management

New York

Age: 59

Ellen Thrower is a professor and the executive director of the School of Risk Management, Insurance and Actuarial Science at St. John's University's Peter J. Tobin College of Business. The School of Risk Management was formed following a merger with The College of Insurance, of which Ms. Thrower was president. Before joining The College of Insurance, she was a professor and director of the Insurance Center at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Ms. Thrower was the Assn. of Professional Insurance Women Inc.'s Insurance Woman of the Year in 1993.

What would you change: Improving the image and understanding of the industry. "There's a negative image that gets in the way of attracting talent."