Elite 50 Internships
Elite 50 Internships
Elite 50 Internships
Elite 50 Internships
RISE to the Challenge

Become a member of the most innovative young professionals group in the insurance industry. It's free to join!

RISE Elite 50

The Elite 50 Internships is an annual program that identifies and publishes a list of the 50 best internship programs in the Insurance industry across the USA.

The 2023 list is out now!

Mentorship Program
Mentorship Program

Our structured, virtual program is designed to connect industry professionals like you with experienced mentors, fostering effective and meaningful relationships. The Fall program will run from October through November, empowering participants through mentor/mentee connections.

The application for the Spring 2024 Cohort will open January 1.

Congratulations to the 2023 "35 Under 35"
Congratulations to the 2023
"35 Under 35"

Join us in congratulating the remarkable young professionals who have been named our 35 Under 35 winners. These individuals have demonstrated unparalleled talent, drive, and dedication in the insurance industry.

Nominations for the 2024 RISE Awards will open January 1.

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Why Rise

The Insurance Industry recognizes the need to invest in the next generation. Young professionals who enter the industry need networking, resources, and a support system for their career. Rising Insurance Star Executives (RISE) was founded to be that springboard for our industry.


Our Advisory Board is comprised of industry executives who share a passion for diversity and the future success of the insurance industry.

Abel Travis

Senior Vice President Affiliate Operations at Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company

Alex Punsalan

Global Chief Claims Officer at Assurant

Alona Croteau

Chief Claims Officer - Specialty & Surety at CapSpecialty

Angela Noble

Director, Behavioral Insurance, Strategic Planning & Initiatives at John Hancock

Becky Hudzik Presson

Chief Claims Officer at Church Mutual Insurance Company

Brian Armstrong

Membership Director at NICB

Brian Pozzi

Vice President, Office of General Counsel & Corporate Claims Officer at The Auto Club Group

Charmaine Rice

VP, Global Learning, Development & Diversity at AmTrust Financial

Chris Greene

SVP & COO at Canal Insurance Company

Christopher Linke

AVP at Travelers Insurance

Dale Sherman

Vice President & Assistant General Counsel at Allstate Insurance

Danny Colon

Chief Administrative Officer at United Automobile Insurance Group

Dave Vanalek

SVP, Chief Legal & Compliance Officer at Richmond National

Ken Bunn

VP Claims at Builders Mutual Insurance Company

Matt McColley

EVP Operations at KW Specialty Insurance Company

Melissa Hill

SVP, Head of Workers Compensation Claims at Sompo International

Michelle Raue

Senior Vice President – Head of Claims at Preferred Mutual Insurance Company

Patrick Nails

Executive Vice President & Chief Claims Officer at Arch Insurance

Robert Bowers

Chief Claims and Customer Service Officer at Westfield

Leadership Team

Amy Cooper

Founder & CEO

Katerina Garavito


Tori Snoddy

Director of Operations

Desiree Bennett

Program Manager