RISE Announces 2024 Impact Award Winner


Dania Beach, FL, May 1, 2024 – RISE is proud to announce the winner of the all new Impact Award! The Impact Award recognizes those who have significantly impacted the insurance industry for the better. It celebrates individuals, groups, or causes that have demonstrated a commitment to improving the insurance landscape for everyone. This award acknowledges the power of positive change within the industry and honors those who strive to make a meaningful difference.

Congratulations to the 2024 Impact Award Recipient: Girls Give Back

The story of Girls Give Back exemplifies the transformative power of Friendship, shared vision, and unwavering determination that brought Michelle and Jessica together. Both women are exceptional professionals in the insurance industry, and they became close friends through their shared desire to empower women. Together, they embarked on a mission to make a positive impact on the lives of many people in the insurance industry and beyond. They proved that with passion and perseverance, they could overcome any obstacle and achieve their dreams together.

In 2022, driven by their shared determination, Michelle and Jessica, along with their dedicated teams, initiated the Women’s Walk event. Starting with only 21 participants, the event began a movement that showcased the collective impact of unified action. The following year saw remarkable growth, with over 189 women participating, a testament to their commitment, starting as early as 6:00 am.

Beyond the event itself, the focus was on creating a culture of empowerment and networking. They aimed to amplify the support found within their industry and extend it further to drive and embrace change together. Rooted in personal experiences and an acute awareness of the challenges women face, particularly in their field, Michelle and Jessica were motivated by a deep desire to effect meaningful change.

Their journey highlights the immense impact two determined individuals can have when united by a shared vision of empowerment. From humble beginnings to a flourishing organization, Girls Give Back demonstrates how friendship, determination, and a commitment to positive change can ignite a movement that shapes a brighter future for future generations.

We are recognizing Girls Give Back as this year’s Impact Award recipient in tribute to their remarkable 2024 Women’s Walk at PLRB.


“We’re absolutely thrilled to share with you the amazing success of our 3rd annual Women in Insurance Walk in Boston, which took place during the PLRB National Conference. We had an incredible turnout this year, with 507 wonderful walkers of all genders that supported the cause. 

Together, we raised an impressive $17,000 to support the incredible work of the Spencer Educational Foundation. 

Our achievements are a true testament to the power of unity and collective action. We are proud to showcase our commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion in the insurance industry. Witnessing what can be accomplished when we come together for a greater cause is truly inspiring. We firmly believe that by working together, we can drive the necessary change in our industry.

Insurance is not just any job, it is a field that is constantly evolving and has always supported individuals and families financially. It also offers numerous opportunities for career growth. We are committed to raising awareness among young individuals who seek a supportive, inclusive, stable, innovative, and socially responsible industry. Therefore, we proudly affirm that “Insurance is a dynamic industry that disrupts, innovates, and has never been more exciting”.

We’re embracing the spirit of collaboration and rallying behind the #bettertogether mantra, because we truly believe that together, we can shape a future where our industry thrives, and everyone finds opportunity and fulfillment. We invite you to continue supporting our cause and participating in future events, and we want to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated in making this year’s Women in Insurance Walk such a resounding success!”

-Michelle Licht & Jessica Hamilton, Girls Give Back

Girls Give Back will be honored as the Impact Award Recipient at the 2024 RISE Awards Gala, taking place on June 18-20th in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

This prestigious event celebrates excellence in the insurance sector and honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the industry.

For more information about the 2024 RISE Awards Gala and to reserve your tickets, visit the event site

About RISE:

RISE® is a vibrant insurance community committed to empowering early-career professionals, attracting new talent, offering networking opportunities, and providing access to invaluable resources. 

For more information about RISE and our initiatives, visit RISEprofessionals.com


Tori Snoddy | Director of Operations


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