An industry is only as strong as its youngest participants. As more and more insurance professionals reach retirement age, this truth takes on even more weight. Fortunately, the industry is bursting with talented young professionals who are contributing fresh perspectives, leadership, energy and visions of change to their organizations and the industry as a whole.
This year’s Rising Stars list highlights 85 such individuals, nominated by their peers and selected by a panel of four independent industry advisors: Sarah Lin, president of casualty for San Francisco at RT Specialty; Rekha Skantharaja, president and CEO of Tangram Insurance Services; Megan Hodge, founder of Cultiver; and Omari Jahi Aarons, director of employee enablement at Liberty Mutual Insurance. (Advisors were not able to vote for themselves.)
All 35 years old or younger and all making noteworthy contributions to their respective niches of the insurance world, this year’s Rising Stars aren’t settling for playing by the stale rules established by their mostly white, mostly male, mostly older predecessors. Rather, they are harnessing their collective power to reach out to fellow young people, champion the industry’s opportunities and ensure that action is being taken to increase diversity and inclusion in the workplace. In the process, they’re building an open and welcoming industry for themselves and anyone else who would like to join.