(This article is based on a speech delivered by Erin Hamrick on June 20, 2016, as she accepted the APIW Insurance Woman of the Year award in New York City.)

In reflecting on this honor and writing these remarks over and over, I thought about the influences in my life, the platform that I created with Sterling James, and about women and leadership in insurance.

Executive Summary

Erin Hamrick, APIW's Insurance Woman of the Year for 2016, reflects on how work in the military and playing golf have influenced her career and offers a modest proposal for insurers to consider in moving toward a goal of recruiting more women to the industry and ultimately moving them into positions of leadership.

In the words of Winston Churchill, “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” So yes, if you know me well, I’m the optimist. And I think I have a great idea for the industry. Although it is a big “ask,” I really don’t think it is difficult.

What I do know is that I have an idea for something concrete that will further the cause in promoting women in leadership in the industry.

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