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diversity3.jpgThe Big "I" seeks to engage and develop a sustainable diverse independent agency network by partnering with state associations, carriers, and industry affinity groups.  







The Big "I" Diversity Council
is a cooperative industry group comprised of multicultural Big I member agents in addition to leading insurance company executives from Allstate, Amerisure, AmTrust North America, Applied Systems, Chubb, Church Mutual, CNA, Encompass, Hanover, The Hartford, Liberty Mutual Insurance, MetLife, National General, Nationwide, Progressive, Safeco, Selective, Travelers, Vertafore, and Westfield Insurance. 

The council collaborates with other multicultural industry groups, state associations and Big I committees to create an awareness of the opportunities and benefits available by embracing diversity and encouraging change necessary for the independent agency system to survive and flourish. 



Contact Us 

Whitnee Dillard
703-706-5395
Director, Diversity and Inclusion 

Madelyn Flannagan
800-221-7917
Vice President, Agent Development, Education & Research 

Diversity Council Members

Chairman 

Risk Management Solutions of America, Inc.


Agent Members 

Shepard Walton King Insurance Group
 
ARC Underwriting Partners, Inc.

Insurefit RM
 
FIA Insurance Services, Inc.

Jack Rice Insurance 

Company Members 

Manager, Diversity and Inclusion
Progressive Insurance  

Manager, Agency Integrated Marketing 
Progressive Insurance 
 
Vice President of Field Enablement
Liberty Mutual / Safeco 
 
Rhonda Burns
Associate Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion
Nationwide Insurance

 
Bruce Carter
Director, Diversity and Inclusion
Church Mutual Insurance
 
 
Director, Diversity and Inclusion
CNA
 
Renee Collins
Regional Director
Travelers 
 
Distribution Strategies Manager
Selective Insurance
 
Director, Brand Management & Communications
Amerisure
 

VP, Commercial Underwriting Officer
CNA
 
 
Corporate Responsibility and Development Officer
Westfield Insurance  
 
Senior Project Consultant
MetLife Auto & Home 


DaNay Jackson
Regional Sales Manager - Central

Encompass Insurance 

Senior Commercial Business Consultant
Allstate

Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer
The Hartford
 

Valencia B. Jones
Associate Vice President, Sales
Nationwide 

Director, Diversity & Inclusion
The Hartford 
Vice President of Human Resources 
Vertafore  
 
Senior Branch Manager
Liberty Mutual
 
Jeff Ogard
Vice President, Agency Relations
Safeco Insurance 
 
Manager, Diversity and Inclusion 
Church Mutual Insurance
 
Courtney Rains
Vice President, Marketing
Applied Systems
 
Business Development Manager 
National General Insurance

Vice President, Agency Development
Selective Insurance
   
Vice President & Marketing Strategy Leader
Westfield Insurance 

Seve Spruill
Human Resources Client Services Manager
Chubb 
 

John Tribble
Associate Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer 
Church Mutual Insurance   
 
Christine Washington
Senior HR Business Partner
AmTrust North America

Association Leadership 


Bryan Bernier
State Executive Liaison
Professional Independent Insurance Agents of Colorado

Whitnee Dillard
Director, Diversity and Inclusion
Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America, Inc.

Madelyn Flannagan
Vice President, Agent Development, Education & Research
Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America, Inc.

Joseph Leahy
IIABA Executive Committee Liaison
Leahy and Brown Insurance

Dr. Leroy Nunery
Big "I" Diversity Council Executive Consultant
Founder and CEO, Plus Ultre LLC
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​127 South Peyton Street
Alexandria VA 22314
​phone: 800.221.7917
fax: 703.683.7556
email: info@iiaba.net

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