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.


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!

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!

My Advice to Women Looking for a Career in Financial Services

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No doubt about it, financial services is a great career for women. As the current president of Women in Insurance & Financial Services (WIFS), I ought to know. Founded in 1936, WIFS is the only organization for women, by women, in the insurance and financial services industry. Our core mission is about attracting, developing and advancing women in this career.

My work with WIFS has connected me with women from all across the country. Some of them are veterans who have become extremely successful, while others are just getting started. I often get asked for advice on how women can be successful in this industry. Click here for my top tips to women considering a career in financial services.


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ALBANY, NY (11/06/2014)(readMedia)– At the 2014 Annual Conference held in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, Women in Insurance & Financial Services elected its 2014-2015 Slate of Officers and Directors.

Named to the board were:

President – Susan Combs (Combs & Company) of New York, NY

President-Elect – Susan Glass (New York Life) of Atlanta, GA

Secretary – Evelyn Gellar (Empire Wealth Strategies, an agency of Penn Mutual) of West Islip, NY

Treasurer – Lisa Lettenmaier (Health Source NW) of Tigarrd, OR

Immediate Past President – Angelia Shay (New York Life, Path Strategies) of Ashland, VA


• Stacia DeWitt (Thrivent Financial) of Little Rock, AR

• Louise Frances (Independent) of Latham, NY

• Monica Jones (AAA Life Insurance) of Chula Vista, CA

• Lisa Pilgrim (Barley, McNamara & Wild, CPA’s) of Jacksonville, FL

• Angie Ribuffo (First Command) of Anchorage, AK

• Tashawana Rodwell (SB Media) of Parker, CO

• Nancy Wolfe-Smith (State Farm) of Plantation, FL

• Julie Yunker (MetLife) of Elba, NY

About WIFS

For over 75 years, Women in Insurance & Financial Services (WIFS) has served as the preeminent professional organization for women in the industry. Over 1,000 members and 24 local chapters are active nationally. WIFS is dedicated to attracting accomplished women to the financial services sector, developing their talents and advancing them toward success. Benefits include educational webinars, mentorship programming, coaching services, e-newsletters, peer connection and more.

For more information about WIFS, visit or contact Deborah Duffy, Executive Director at 866.264.9437


Susan L Combs named one of the “20 Women in Insurance You Need to Know”
September 30, 2013, 10:52 am
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Very excited to bring this news to you!  I was recently selected as one of the 20 Women in Insurance You Need to Know by LifeProHealth.  Check out the list of all of these amazing women and see why you “Need to know” them!