The Business Insurance Women to Watch Awards & Leadership Conference is the only recognition program that celebrates leading women from every facet of the commercial insurance industry. ​

Winners come from commercial insurance, risk management, employee benefits and related fields such as consulting and law. What started as a recognition program in 2006, has grown into an educational program aimed at the advancement of women in commercial insurance. 

In 2017, Business Insurance launched the EMEA Women to Watch Awards program which recognizes winners from Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

This year's program will take place December 4-5, 2023 in New York City and include a half-day professional development conference, followed by an awards ceremony.

An Advisory Board of past honorees, diversity experts, and insurance industry leaders guide the development of the conference content.


Monday, December 4, 2023
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday, December 5, 2023
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
9:00 AM - 9:10 AM
9:10 AM - 9:30 AM

Desirée Rogers, has led an extraordinary career in multiple industries, perhaps her most visible as special assistant to the President and Social Secretary in the Obama White House. A former CEO of Johnson Publishing, she is now CEO of Black Opal, a world-class beauty company for women of color.

Desirée Rogers
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

In a rapidly changing world, visionary leaders are crucial to the success and growth of any company. Now faced with a vastly different corporate culture than that seen just a few short years ago, what particular challenges do these leaders anticipate, and does management style differ in any meaningful way between men and women? Now more than ever, recruitment and talent retention are critical concerns.

Kim Wilkerson Patrick Tannock Michelle Sartain Sabrina Hart
10:50 AM - 11:00 AM
11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

It is not unusual for a woman's career to stall at some point, frequently at mid-career when the opportunities should be present, but often are not. Why is this and how can women take the next step to ensure that their career path will continue in the direction they envision? What is the role of networking, sponsorship, allyship, mentorship and personal wellness in this journey to a successful and rewarding career?

Signed books by author Tricia Kagerer will be presented to the attendees at this session.

Anne Marie Towle Tricia Kagerer
11:50 AM - 12:35 PM
12:35 PM - 1:05 PM
1:05 PM - 2:00 PM
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

AI is the topic of the moment. Few people understand what it truly is and how it may impact almost every aspect of our lives. No industry will be immune to it. Most surely, there will be great benefits, but also some expected and some unforeseen problems. This session will explore how AI might impact the insurance industry, both positively and negatively.

Leah Cooper Lori Seidenberg Gia Sawko Veronique Grenon
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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