Tiffany Y. Fann, IFG Companies
Senior vice president – excess casualty
Years in the industry: 21
Tiffany Fann has always advocated for workplaces that are inclusive of all religions, sexual orientations, ethnicities and races. So when IFG Companies named diversity and inclusion as a top priority for the company, she jumped at the chance to get involved. “I knew this was my opportunity to work with a team of people to create systemic change within the organization and ultimately within the industry,” she says.
As a committee member of the company’s Diversity & Inclusion Council, Fann looks at the big picture. “As an industry, we have a long way to go in terms of creating racial equality, including but not limited to fairness in opportunity, performance and compensation,” she says. “Corporate America and the insurance industry have a tremendous opportunity to create an anti-bias culture that mirrors our society’s changing demographics. I genuinely believe that companies that can diversify and create an inclusive culture will achieve a competitive advantage over those that are unwilling or delayed in their efforts.”
Achieving that competitive edge, Fann adds, will require recruiting people of color, creating a more inclusive corporate image and prioritizing education for employees at every level. “We are currently observing all levels of management across various industry disciplines join together in stating that, as an industry, we must be committed to developing a pipeline of high-potential diverse talent,” she says. “Every industry professional should be committed to educating themselves and others to remove the barriers that have existed within the insurance industry for far too long. Twenty-one years into my career as an insurance professional, I am more optimistic about the industry’s future than ever before.”