Pushing the Needle Forward
As Nancy Mellard concludes her year as chair of The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers, we caught up with her to get her take on the industry’s progress toward initiatives like talent development and DE&I, relationship building, and what she sees on the horizon.
As The Council and as the insurance industry, we are definitely leaders in the DE&I space as we continue not only to move but to push the needle forward. We have created a Council charter and DE&I pledge. More than 75% of our board members (and counting!) have committed to and signed the pledge. Our strategy must be that we never “get there” or proclaim that we have succeeded since we must never lose our focus on the need for diversity, equity and inclusion and creating an industry where all feel that they belong.
Particularly within this past year, I have met and observed many incredibly competent and successful women making mission-critical decisions and being change agents in our industry as they are moving up their career ladders. We must continue to intentionally seek out and identify these women and move them to the top of our pipelines.