Editorial 1Q2019

Dear colleagues,

With March 8th marking International Women’s Day, we dedicate this issue to Women in Insurance.

As most of us know, there are tremendous opportunities in all facets of the insurance industry, and women play a vital role in filling these positions all over the world. Now more than ever, insurance leaders must work together to overcome the gender gap. Two notable organizations dedicated to supporting balance and equality in the industry –through helping women to become better networked– are WING (Women’s Insurance Networking Group) and IWIN (Insurance Women’s Investment Network). The ongoing support of these organizations is critical in establishing and maintaining their networks.

Co-founded by Margaret Resce Milkint, managing partner of Jacobson, and David Mendelsohn, partner of DLA Piper, WING provides a platform for networking among the insurance industry’s female leaders and enlightened males, who understand the importance of diversity and equality in leadership in the industry. Margaret said, “WING is committed to igniting and leading change by cultivating a national community of women and enlightened males at all stages on the career journey. Relationships make all the difference and WING celebrates the power and the impact of these relationships in moving the needle on inclusion in insurance.”

Founded by a small group of women from five firms –Allstate, The Carlyle Group, Prudential, Wellington Management and Willis Towers Watson– IWIN is a network of 500+ members worldwide including women at various stages of their careers, in a variety of roles within the investment of insurance assets. Chairperson of the Board, Tina Smith, describes IWIN as, “IWIN is a forum for female professionals focused on the investment of insurance general account assets. We’ve found that connecting women through a shared professional area of interest has proven effective in also creating opportunities for career and professional development conversations. Fostering relationships among members has been the most powerful outcome of IWIN events. When conversations continue long after the official event ends, we know that IWIN is having an impact.”

The subject of our interview, Neeti Bhalla Johnson, Executive Vice President and CIO of Liberty Mutual Insurance, is a shining example of female leadership in the investment industry. We are honored to include her in our issue dedicated to women.

We hope you enjoy the thought-leading articles in this quarter’s edition. Please send your thoughts and suggestions for making us better to editor@insuranceaum.com.