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Elizabeth Blackwell
North Carolina Department of Insurance

 

When I first joined IAIP I was very young and was new to the insurance industry. I had to discontinue my membership, but rejoined in 2005 and soon after, started taking a more active role in leadership. Since then, I have developed a number of skills, stepped outside of my comfort zone, and held offices on the local and state level and - most recently - as the Council Director. The professional value I received from my IAIP membership has been the knowledge gained from the members I have met and networked with at our local meetings, state conferences, regional conferences and international conventions. It is amazing how diverse all the members are; each member has a different skill set that they are willing to share. I would not have held any of these offices without the encouragement of a number of IAIP members, all of whom I consider my friends.
Elizabeth Blackwell, AAI, CPIW, AINS
North Carolina Department of Insurance

     

Brenda P. Webster
Towne Insurance  
After attending my first local meeting in 1989, I joined the Wilmington Association of Insurance Women. Since then, I have held several leadership positions both on the local and state levels as treasurer, secretary and then vice president and president. Each time I took on a new role I was really nervous but honored to be asked. I would have never considered holding a leadership position without the encouragement, mentoring and support from our members.
Brenda P. Webster, CIC, AAI, CISR, CIIP
Towne Insurance 
 
   


Martha Elliott, CIC, CISR, CIIP

Consultant 

If you had told me a few years ago that I would have the confidence to be a Regional Vice President, I wouldn’t have believed you. IAIP has given me the confidence to stand in front of audiences, to ask my employer for a raise, and to negotiate with employers to support the association financially. Not only have I gained confidence, negotiation and project management skills I have also learned how to better delegate and how to be a leader... but most importantly, how to see myself as a leader. These lessons and skills will be with me the rest of my life giving me the ability to be successful personally and professionally.
Martha Elliott, CIC, CISR, CIIP
Region V Co-Vice President 2016-2017
   

Keri Herlong, CPCU, CIC, CRM, CISR, ACSR, AIM, CIIP, CLP
Acuity
Shortly after joining IAIP, I was recruited to serve on my local board of directors, and a few months later became secretary. Serving on the board has given me the opportunity to develop my leadership skills, as well as build relationships with other professionals in my local association, region, and across the country. I am always impressed by the knowledge, experience, and willingness to share. I know that I have access to many different types of expertise from a varied group of professionals, on whom I can call anytime. IAIP gives me opportunities to receive mentoring, as well as puts me in a position of being a mentor to others – the best of both worlds!
Keri Herlong, CPCU, CIC, CRM, CISR, ACSR, AIM, CIIP, CLP
President Elect, Las Vegas Insurance Professionals

   

Lisa Hardin, CPCU, CPIW, AIC, AIS, ACS, DAE
Sentry Insurance  
In 1994, I was stuck in an entry-level position as a commercial lines rater. For three years, I applied for positions in claims and underwriting and I received the occasional interview, but no offers. I knew I needed something else to make me stand out from the crowd. Soon after, an underwriter I worked with invited me to a local IAIP association meeting. I listened with excitement as she told me what IAIP had to offer. What she shared with me was exactly what I needed.Within three months of joining IAIP, I was offered a job as a claims technician. Three months after that, I was promoted to a claims representative. My IAIP membership became my road map to a better career and I wouldn’t be where I am today without it.

Lisa Hardin, CPCU, CPIW, AIC, AIS, ACS, DAE
Sentry Insurance 

   

Kate Thalacker, CISR, CPIW
Wells Fargo Insurance Services
Before IAIP, I simply didn’t believe in myself. A friend of mine, an IAIP member, kept inviting me to meetings and she wouldn’t take no for an answer. Her persistence paid off and I was hooked! I went to all the meetings, volunteered for our council planning meeting, raised my hand at every opportunity I could, spoke when it was needed. A shot time later, I became President. I have received mentoring, advice and direction. I am forever grateful. In addition to leadership roles with my local association, my career has grown and also benefited from my involvement. I wouldn’t be where I am today, personally or professional without IAIP. My confidence has grown, my career has blossomed and my future is much brighter all due in part to a little persistent nudge of my IAIP friend. 
Kate Thalacker, CISR, CPIW
Wells Fargo Insurance Services
   
I have spent my entire career in the insurance industry. My involvement in IAIP and my local association Cleveland Insurance Professionals, has become an important part of my success. I have created professional and personal connections, gained new skills from our business meetings, gained CE credit, and served in various leadership positions. Plus, each year, our local association is committed to giving back to the community through our service projects. Our members are dedicated and hardworking toward our goal of education, building careers and creating lifelong relationships.
Mary-Ellen Vogt, CPCU, CPIW
Retired

   
My profession was very technical and there was little opportunity for me to expand my skill set into other areas. I always knew there had to be more opportunities to improve myself personally and professionally. That’s when I found IAIP. My local chapter, became a safe space for me to try new things and develop my leadership skills. I scheduled guest speakers, planned menus for large groups, spoke in front of an audience, developed budgets, kept ledgers, attended educational classes and met dynamic people. At first, I was a little intimidated. However, with each challenge, and success, I became more confident in my abilities. At each step of the way I had mentors guide me - I never felt like I was alone. If I made a mistake, there were no penalties, just suggestions on a better way for next time. I have never been involved with a group that is so dedicated to the success of each and every member.

Kathleen Schor, CPIW, FLMI
Retired Member

     

After attending the International Convention in 2014, I was inspired to embrace change. I felt I had gone as far as I could with my then employer and I took an opportunity to take a different career path only to discover, I’d made a huge mistake. After leaving this position, I went on 3 interviews which lead to 3 offers to consider. All 3 of these opportunities were made possible by my IAIP connections. I now have my dream job for a fantastic agency with great potential for growth. Sometimes life takes you down an interesting road, and because of my IAIP network, I was able to turn my career around and insure my future. Thank you, IAIP!!

Lori Meagher CIC, CISR

Wilcox & Reynolds Insurance

 
In 1991, I joined IAIP and the Wilmington Insurance Professionals. At the time, I was a producer and had just accepted a position at an independent agency and was looking for networking opportunities. IAIP was just what I was looking for! The networking was great and so was the professional development and support I received. Even though I’m retired now, I’m still a member and remained committed to the organization that was so committed to me for so many years.

Amanda Smith, RHU, CPIW
Retired Member
 

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