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Jan 16
Level Up Agent Summit Kickstarts Diversity and Inclusion Strategies

The inaugural Big “I" Level Up Agent Summit took place Jan. 14-15 in New Orleans.

During the event, attendees received step-by-step guidance from global business leaders on how to build a culture of inclusion and diversity across their agencies. Opening keynote speaker, Stephanie Piimauna, executive director of diversity and inclusion for MGM Resorts International, launched the event with her keynote speech, Building a Culture of Diversity and Inclusion. Piimauna discussed how creating a culture of integrity allows for acceptance and diversity, and received a standing ovation in a packed room. 

Piimauna Keynote.jpgPiimauna delivers the opening keynote presentation.

Workshops covered a variety of topics, such as attracting young and diverse talent, women's leadership strategies, kickstarting your agency perpetuation plan, gaining insights from peers on agency tech innovations, and developing multicultural networks.

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Panelists in the Are You Plugged In? Engaging Multicultural Networks breakout session​ (from left to right): Clarissa Preston, National Council on Compensation Insurance; David J. Louie, David J. Louie, Inc., Chinese American Insurance Association Board member; Lissette Perez, LP Insurance Associates, Latin American Association of Insurance Agencies president elect; and Jerald L. Tillman, JL Tillman Insurance Agency, National African American Insurance Association founder. 

Agents left with action plans to strengthen their books of business, discover new customer markets, attract the next generation of all-stars and create a more inclusive workplace.

Special thanks to the Big “I" Diversity Council along with our inaugural Level Up event sponsors Colodny Fass, Drive America, Gamma Iota Sigma, Insurance Journal, Trusted Choice and


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