By Loretta L. Worters, Vice President, Media Relations, Triple-I
The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) will host its Inclusion in Insurance Global Conference June 13-15 at the New York Hilton Midtown.
It is the first in-person international event of the conference series since the 2019 Women in Insurance Global Conference, bringing together hundreds of insurance professionals, C-suite executives and leadership and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) experts along with sustainability, wellness leaders and business for sessions dedicated to turning ideas into action and providing actionable insights and strategies.
What makes any conference so strong is the quality of the content and the speakers. The IICF’s Planning Committee, which rotates each year, is made up of industry experts closest to current issues, representing all areas of the United States and United Kingdom in the planning. It is industry collaboration that makes this conference particularly impactful.
This year’s conference will explore new topics in leadership, personal and professional growth, insurance business and the future of work.
Leadership topics include:
- Personal Finance, with Jean Chatzky – Financial Editor of the Today Show for 25 years and Founder and CEO of HerMoney.com and the FinanceFixx and InvestingFixx coaching programs;
- Building Women’s Public Voice, with Emily Donahoe, Founder/Leader, WOMENSPEAK Training; And
- Navigating between generational gaps, with Chris Desantis, author, speaker and podcast host of Cubicle Confidential.
Industry topics include:
- Attract clients to the insurance offering (in an inclusive way), with The Hartford’s Claire Burns.
Inclusion topics include:
- Using Brain Science to Transform the Discussion of Bias, Discrimination, and Privilege, with bestselling author and speaker Eric Bailey; And
- Changing the workplace for good with diversity speaker, author and consultant Michelle Silverthorn.
Other speakers are:
- Carmen Duarte, Vice President, Diversity, Inclusion & Social Impact, Intact Insurance Specialty Solutions; And
“IICF is delighted to welcome such a knowledgeable panel of speakers to the eleventh year of the IICF Women in Insurance Conference Series,” said Elizabeth Myatt, vice president, chief program officer and general manager, IICF Northeast Division. “This event serves as a powerful catalyst for our industry as we bring together insurance professionals of all ages and career levels to discuss, learn and advance key strategies.”
Elizabeth Myatt, Vice President, Chief Program Officer and General Manager, IICF Northeast Division
Myatt, who has led the conference since its inception, noted that this is her favorite part of the job. “It has been wonderful to watch the conference series develop,” she said. “It’s not just gender, it’s about diversity, leadership and innovation of all kinds and it’s the business of the industry itself that made it so valuable and meaningful to attendees.”
Myatt recognizes the importance of DEI’s evolution, which needs to be integrated into all areas of the business and everyone needs to recognize the shared value. She said a report from Congress earlier this year highlighted some ways the insurance industry has been influencing.
“There’s been progress in gender diversity and for African Americans, although we haven’t made as much progress within the Hispanic community as we would like,” she said. “Through our conferences and the development of the IICF Talent Hub by the IDEA Council – an online resource center for non-traditional job seekers to learn more about jobs and career opportunities in the insurance industry – and the Mentoring Alliance preparing, inspiring and By bringing them together with role models and allies from leading companies across the industry, we can start to see results.”
The theme of the last four years of the World Conference has been turning ideas into action, Myatt said.
“We want to provide both tools and new thinking. We don’t want the ideas that are shared here to stay in the room,” she said. “We plan to equip our audiences with opportunities to create change, whether it be personal, professional or cultural.”
To register for the conference, go to: https://inclusion.iicf.org/.