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What’s the good news, ladies? Mentorship!

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Very excited to share this month’s installment of “What’s the Good News, Ladies?”  This month you get to meet three women who are very near and dear to my heart. These are three women that I have had the pleasure of mentoring in my career, and I would have never met them if it wasn’t through the opportunities I received in volunteer leadership in serving on the National Board of Directors for Women in Insurance & Financial Services (WIFS).

I have always felt passionately about mentorship — no one in this industry got to where they are today without the assistance of someone looking behind and helping to pull them up. I continue to have amazing mentors and advocates in my career, and I have chosen to pay it forward by mentoring others.

Click here to let me introduce you to Mary, Krystyl and Ashleigh, three bright stars that I am happy to call mentees, colleagues and most of all friends!



What’s the good news, ladies? February edition.

goodnewsfeb2017Who’s feelin’ the love?  With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, I am excited to share one of my “loves” with you.  Incredible women in our industry getting it done and paying it forward!  This installment is extra special to me because it includes Karen Roberts, a woman who has mentored me for a number of years.  In addition to Karen, you are going to hear about Cheryl Hughes, who has over 30 years in our industry and Patricia Griffey who has been giving back to our industry by being involved in the National Association of Health Underwriters. Get ready to feel the love and inspiration that these three women bring to our industry!

Click Here to read about these incredible women!



What’s the good news, ladies? January edition.

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Happy New Year!  I can’t believe that January is almost over!  I’m excited to kick off this year with some incredible stories from accomplished women in our industry that are sure to inspire you as they have me.  I’m looking forward to sharing some amazing stories with you this year and happy to kick off the year by introducing you to my friends Jessica, Kathleen and Susan. Click Here to read all about them!



What’s the good news, ladies? What we’re thankful for.

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I know many of us are working hard to close out the year with a bang!  I continue to get some amazing emails from women who are sharing their good news with me; you are all truly inspiring to me!

So let’s get to it, shall we?  This month, you’re going to hear about a couple of colleagues I have known for a number of years and a couple of ladies who were recommended to me after their friends read about other women in this series and wanted to help them toot their own horns!

Click Here to read about Sally, Angela, Sally and Colleen!



What’s the good news, ladies? Even more women changing the industry.

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For our third installment highlighting women who are changing our industry, I’m going to introduce three more  three amazing ladies.  These three are rock star recruiters from Guardian, MassMutual and Penn Mutual.

(Be sure to read our first and second installment of the series.)

I met each of these women by being part of organizations like WIFS, NAIFA and GAMA.  I’ve found that when you connect with women who are involved with industry organizations, they mean business and are always looking to develop themselves and the people around them.

Click Here to see what Samantha, Cheryl and Evelyn are up to this year!



More women who are changing the insurance industry.

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I’ve enjoyed all the positive feedback on this new series, “What’s the good news, ladies? Women who are changing the industry.” It really has been fun!  For our second installment, I wanted you to hear from four women who come to the industry from entirely different backgrounds.

Juli McNeely, who took over her father’s practice and helped bring it to the next level; Kristin Alfheim, an award-winning financial advisor who runs a successful practice in Green Bay; Meghan Wilke, who took her production experience to the home office level for Mutual of Omaha; and Julie Yunker, who is thriving under a big transition that happened earlier this year with MetLife.

Now sit back, relax and get ready to be inspired by some astounding and accomplished women as they share some of their high points from this year.

Click Here to read all about these amazing women!



What’s the good news, ladies? Women who are changing the industry.

Series1-WTGNLWith so much negativity in the world these days, I often find myself actively searching for the “good stuff” and celebrating those who share this information with me.  I recently caught up with my friend and colleague, Emily Viner, VP of Agency Growth & Development for Guardian, and we were discussing Guardian’s study on closing the gender gap in sales and how they are working hard to change the landscape for women in the industry.

According to Viner, “Our industry struggles to recruit women into sales roles, but the issue is much broader than us. The study provides a clearer picture of how to position a career in sales as a satisfying and successful venture for those who are interested in a new opportunity. We now have a roadmap showing how to best highlight career benefits to women and address concerns they may have. We need to start sharing that message with young women and girls as well as experienced women looking for their next career move.”

I get excited any time I hear of a company working on a new strategy to get more women into the industry.  I often hear that women in our industry account for about 14 percent of the production positions, and the percentage is even smaller in management roles. But I feel like we’re on the brink of something big here. Over the next several months, you are going to be wowed over and over again with a new series called “What’s the good news, ladies?”  I know I have some amazing rock star women in my life who are getting it done, so I reached out to some of them to share with you some of their high points from this year.  Buckle up and Click Here to read all about them!