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Woodruff-Sawyer & Co.


Partner and Senior Vp
Woodruff-Sawyer & Co.
San Francisco


Within one year of her arrival in 2003, Priya Cherian Huskins became a partner at Woodruff-Sawyer & Co., a full-service insurance brokerage and consulting firm headquartered in San Francisco, and the first female minority partner in Woodruff-Sawyer’s 89-year history. Working mostly with the firm’s directors and officers liability insurance clients on issues of loss control and risk management, her expertise in D&O; liability issues has gained national recognition over the past four years with speaking engagements worldwide and articles in various industry publications such as the International Journal of Disclosure and Governance.


One thing to change: "If our industry were to eliminate contingent commissions, we could continue the industry’s current trend toward further transparency and integrity. This would enhance every insurance broker’s ability to be seen as a professional who works exclusively on behalf of his or her clients."


Best professional advice: "Never approach your client with a mere description of a problem; bring a solution with you as well."


Advice to young women: "Be excellent in your work, work with integrity, and always keep your client in mind. Also, find a place to work that understands that a fierce commitment to professional excellence and deep concern for employees' well-being are not mutually exclusive."


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