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2019 Break Out Awards, West: Tara Acton

Posted On: Jun. 1, 2019 12:00 AM CST

Tara Acton


Director, claims and senior corporate counsel

CenturyLink Inc.


Age: 44

Tara Acton joined telecommunications firm CenturyLink Inc., where she is responsible for administration of the company’s casualty claims program, including technical oversight and management of the company’s third-party administrator for workers compensation, auto liability and general liability claims, in December 2007. She previously worked as a litigator at two law firms. Ms. Acton is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Emory University School of Law.

What is the No. 1 concern in your specialty?

Being in claims management for a large Fortune 200 company, a lot of my time is spent thinking and worrying about workers comp. Given the discussion among certain candidates for the presidency and in the general space about Medicare for all delivery systems, what does that do to workers compensation? That really could change a lot about the whole workers comp world. How does that affect how we care for and treat our employees? We’re very big into advocacy for our employees.

What is something most people don’t know about you?

I played club water polo in college. It was awesome. I had a really good time doing that for three out of my four years in college.

What is your favorite app or gadget?

I am not a particularly techie sort of person. My husband taught me how to use our Roku, so I can watch different shows from Amazon Prime on our iPad while I wash dishes, and it’s been like the best thing ever.

What would you/do you binge watch?

The “Outlander” series based on the “Outlander” books. They can’t come out fast enough.

What is your favorite meal?

I’m a sucker for anything with gnocchi and desserts with lemon in it. Even when I don’t want dessert, when it has lemon in it, more often than not I’m going to get something.


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