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The Business Insurance Women to Watch awards program highlights the achievements of female leaders in the insurance sector to celebrate their success and promote gender diversity in the industry.
Now in its 15th year, the program has recognized hundreds of insurance and risk management professionals who had made their mark and were set to go on to even greater accomplishments.
The 2020 Women to Watch winners are no different. Coming from a broad range of backgrounds and representing nearly every aspect of the industry, the honorees include numerous executives who have worked hard for their own success and for the success of others, too.
Many are already role models to their colleagues and business partners, and their stories should encourage people across the sector.
The winner of our Inspiration Award, which recognizes the career of an outstanding female leader, is Inga Beale, whose many achievements in the industry include being the first woman to head Lloyd’s of London.
The 2020 Women to Watch were selected through a rigorous nomination process. Beginning in June, we sought nominations detailing information on nominees’ expertise, leadership qualities and achievements. We received about 400 nominations, all of which were reviewed by Business Insurance editorial staff. Finalists were selected after two rounds of judging. After we reviewed the nominations, read written references and spoke with other references, we named 20 winners from Europe, the Middle East and Africa and 30 from North America and the rest of the world.
Due to the limitations imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, in lieu of our regular live awards events in New York and London, this year we organized Women to Watch Virtual Awards & Leadership Conferences for both the Americas and EMEA.
Meanwhile, we hope you enjoy reading the profiles of all our 2020 winners.
Gavin Souter, editor