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The Business Insurance Women to Watch Awards recognize the achievements of female executives from across the insurance and risk management sector.
Started in 2006, the program highlights the work of women in an industry that is still grappling with the issue of gender diversity. While much work remains to be done, women are increasingly being appointed to senior positions in the industry and this year’s winners reflect the progress made over the past 16 years.
The honorees range from C-suite executives at established companies to heads of startups and senior operating staff at a wide range of organizations. Some graduated with the intent of entering the insurance sector, some switched careers after encountering the insurance field through other work and others — as ever — “stumbled” into the industry by chance. However they entered the field, the honorees have carved out exceptionally successful careers and most are doing their best to ensure that the next generation of women will achieve even more in the sector in the future.
The 2021 Women to Watch were selected through a rigorous process that began in June with a call for nominations. We received about 300 entries, which detailed the nominees’ expertise, leadership qualities and achievements. Business Insurance editorial staff reviewed all the nominations. Finalists were selected after two rounds of judging. After we 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.
Again, the limitations imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic restricted our celebration of the winners’ achievements to virtual awards ceremonies. To learn more about the events and the Women to Watch Awards, visit www.businessinsurance.com and click on the Awards & Events tab.
We hope you enjoy reading the profiles of all our winners in the following pages.
Gavin Souter, editor