While insurance is unarguably still a male-dominated field, especially at the executive level, it’s fair to say the sector is making significant progress in improving gender representation. A push for greater gender diversity and equality is happening in workplaces across the nation, and Diversity Australia has recognised the finance, banking and insurance services sector as a leader in implementing diversity policies. Given the increasing number of diversity and inclusion initiatives being rolled out across the insurance industry, it’s no surprise that women are finding it to be a safe and supportive environment in which to pursue a challenging and rewarding career.
Although policies and programs are crucial to building a fairer and more inclusive industry, it’s the accomplished female role models who are invaluable in providing inspiration to younger women entering the field. This is where IB’s Elite Women in Insurance list comes in. The 29 impressive female leaders on the following pages stand out among the many women who have used their skills and insights to shape Australia’s insurance industry. Today, these women are determining the industry’s strategic direction in the wake of COVID-19, paving its future path and inspiring those who choose to follow in their footsteps.