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This is My IAIP



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


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 
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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