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Women to Watch: Carol Denzer


Carol Denzer

Vp and Chief Information Officer

RLI Corp.

Peoria, Ill.

Age: 43

Before joining RLI, Carol Denzer was a treaty accountant at E. W. Blanch Co. in Minneapolis. She began her RLI career in 1987 as a reinsurance accountant. Ms. Denzer earned several designations and was promoted to a variety of accounting and reinsurance positions, including chief property/casualty accountant as well as manager, reinsurance accounting. Ms. Denzer was named assistant vp of reinsurance in 1998; vp, reinsurance and catastrophe management in 2004; and to her current position in 2006. Ms. Denzer manages a staff of about 170 professionals across RLI's various information technology and operational departments.

Advice to young women: "My advice is to learn as much as you can, be true to yourself and others. Hard work will earn you respect and integrity in all that you do and will carry you wherever and to whatever you want to accomplish. In today's work environment, you will need to strive to become an expert in your field, but you should never lose sight of the big picture. Set some achievable goals, achieve them and then set others. Try not to get too comfortable. Work at building and maintaining mentoring relationships and support structures. Enjoy what you do."