Elissa Kelly, Nationwide E&S/Specialty (US)
associate vice president for product and innovation
With more than 20 years of experience in the insurance industry, Elissa Kelly leads product strategy, innovation, and execution for $3.5 billion worth of products across all distribution channels at Nationwide E&S/Specialty. Her ability to develop and maintain internal and external partnerships has been instrumental to her success at leading through change and creating high-functioning teams that drive profitable growth. She has been leading the company since September 2018, after serving nearly four years as vice president for underwriting innovation at Nautilus Insurance Group. Prior to that, she worked more that 11 years at Scottsdale Insurance Company, where her most recent role was director/senior consultant for risk management and reinsurance. In addition to her role at Nationwide, Kelly is a member of the advisory board for St. Vincent de Paul, the executive board of the Arizona Women’s Leadership Forum, and the executive sponsor for the Nationwide Scottsdale Campus Pride Associate Resource Group. She is passionate about mentoring associates and leaders, as well as creating a more diverse and inclusive workforce and community. Just this year, this outstanding leader has been recognised as one of the industry’s Elite Women by Insurance Business America. Kelly earned her B.S. Business degree and M.B.A. International Business from the Arizona State University.