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Deborah Giss Stalker
Executive vice president and deputy general counsel, North America
Beyond awards and career designations, Deborah Giss Stalker lists “becoming a better listener and a more empathetic leader” as her top accomplishment.
In her current position as executive vice president and deputy general counsel for Ace Ltd. in North America, Ms. Stalker's responsibilities include oversight and management of Ace's global property, marine, aviation, aerospace, construction, product recall, public entity, medical risk and multinational lines of business within North America. But it's her role as president of the Ace Women's Forum, a networking initiative of which she is a founding member, that she names among the most interesting aspects of her work.
The Ace Women's Forum Mentoring Program, the company-sponsored women's networking and mentoring initiative, launched seven years ago with a training event for 65 women executives. The first mentoring program within Ace worldwide, it is now in more than 23 offices in the United States, Canada, and Bermuda.
Ms. Stalker refers to this as a life mission, one that she has been on since beginning her career as a first-year associate with the corporate insurance group at the law firm Lord Bissell & Brook in Chicago as a first-year associate.
Kevin Rampe, general counsel of North America for Ace, calls Ms. Stalker an “excellent role model.” She “has not only fulfilled the responsibilities of her job with professionalism and enormous dedication, but she extends herself in providing expert mentoring for women executives at Ace.”
By Louise Esola