Statistics around women in the workplace paint a dreary picture. According to human resources consulting firm Mercer and its recent report, “Accelerating for Impact: 2018 Gender Inflection Point,” it will now take 217 years, compared to 170 years projected in 2016, to close the global economic gap between genders based on the current rate of change. For women in insurance, who drive the industry as 60% of the workforce, the gap comes at the leadership level, according to ACORD, where only 12% of women occupy the top positions of CEO, COO, and CFO.
“We are back to where we were in 2008 with regards to the economic gap between genders, so I don’t believe a lot has changed,” said Yiana Stavrakis, chief sales officer at Specialty Program Group and a speaker at the upcoming Women in Insurance Atlanta event in April 2019, referring to the Mercer whitepaper. “We are talking about it a lot more, which is amazing, but the proof is in the actions, not the words, so I don’t believe we’re there yet.”
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