LEAD stands for Leadership in Equity and Diversity- the LEAD Award inspires a more diverse and inclusive culture in the Insurance Industry by celebrating those who are leading the way.

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2024 LEAD Award Winner

Charmaine Rice

SVP, Global Learning, Development, and Diversity at AmTrust Financial Services, Inc.

How are selections made?

  • Significantly promotes diversity, inclusion and cultural competency development and execution in the workplace;
  • Addresses key areas of diversity and inclusion such as recruitment, retention, employee development/mentorship, department/organizational climate, or community outreach;
  • Tracks, monitors, and/or captures outcomes of increased awareness, understanding, or advocacy of DE&I work throughout the workplace;
  • Implements steps toward fostering DE&I in the workplace with programs that maximize the potential of all people;
  • Creates partnerships between managers and employees to resolve DE&I workplace opportunities;
  • Promotes DE&I workplace education and communication ideas; and/or
  • Improves cultural competency through educational initiatives.

Past Winners

Nic Gaither

Unit Manager - Claims at Amerisure

Past Finalists

Jackie Merkle

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Community Relations Leader at Grange Insurance

Kaitlyn Dudzinski

Vice President Environmental at Westfield Specialty

ReMeera Marie Green

Manager, People & Administrative Ops at SageSure

Carlton Manor

CEO, AXIS Wholesale at AXIS Capital

Emily Clark

Accountant at Falvey Insurance Group

Kristy Sands

VP, Strategic Communications at Gallagher Bassett