MINNEAPOLIS ─ The Captive Insurance Companies Association (CICA) today announced the launch of Amplify WomenTM, a new task force focused on connecting women with opportunities for education, networking and influence in the captive insurance industry.
“Creating a group to help women advance their captive insurance careers is one more component of helping to prepare the next generation of captive leaders,” said CICA President Dan Towle.
The task force chose the name “Amplify Women” to represent their efforts to address the gap in women leaders. Insurance industry studies show women make up over 60 percent of the work force in the industry, but when it comes to officers and other senior level positions those numbers drop below 20 percent. “As we look at developing future leaders to replace the many senior-level individuals in the captive industry who are retiring, it is a perfect time to encourage and support women leaders,” Towle explained.
CICA’s Amplify Women will focus on representing women in educational opportunities such as speaking at conferences, publishing articles, teaching and academic partnerships. They are also addressing opportunities for influence such as serving on captive association and industry boards. Developing in-person and online networking opportunities will be another core component of their efforts.
In support of Amplify Women, and all of CICA’s NEXTGen and professional development initiatives, CICA is continuing to make changes to provide more education and leadership opportunities within the organization. “We’ve been making changes to the CICA Conference for several years starting with our Professional Development Track. In our 2020 call for presentations we increased our emphasis on having speakers diverse in gender, race/ethnicity, location and employment, as well as diversity in thought and opinion,” Towle explained.
A group of founding members is developing the framework and identifying initial opportunities for Amplify Women. To sign up for updates from Amplify Women or to learn about all of CICA’s professional development programs for members, visit the CICA website.