The Alonzo Herndon Award

In 2021, Business Insurance and Atlanta Life launched the Alonzo Herndon Award to recognize an individual who exemplifies Mr. Herndon’s courage, leadership and extraordinary goodwill toward others, bolstering their progress and success.

Mr. Herndon was born into slavery in 1858 and worked as a laborer from a young age. With almost no schooling and no money, his perseverance and entrepreneurial spirit drove him to great success, opening service businesses in Atlanta that were joined to form a landmark company. Today, the Alonzo Herndon Foundation honors his legacy and supports programs and policies in keeping with his vision.

The award, which is presented by Business Insurance’s Diversity and Inclusion Institute at the annual Diversity, Equity + Inclusion Conference, recognizes an individual dedicated to supporting diversity, equity and inclusion efforts in the insurance industry.

Board members of the DE&I Institute select the award winner from nominations received from individuals and organizations across the insurance sector.

This year's nomination period is May 1 through July 15. Click here to learn more. 


2023 Recipient 

Rebekah Ratliff

International Mediator and Arbitrator with the Judicial Arbitration Mediation Service

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2022 Recipient 

Ngozi Nnaji

Founder and Managing Partner of AKO Insurance Consulting LLC

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2021 Recipient 

George Nichols III

President and CEO of the American College of Financial Services

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