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The Big "I" Diversity Council is a cooperative industry group comprised of Big I members representing Latin-American, African-American and Asian-American agents in addition to leading insurance company executives from Allstate, AmTrust North America, Chubb, Church Mutual, CNA, Encompass, The Hartford, Liberty Mutual Insurance, MetLife, Nationwide, Progressive, Safeco, Selective, Travelers, and Westfield Insurance.
The Diversity Council collaborates with other multicultural industry groups, state associations and other 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.
Our mission is to engage and develop a sustainable diverse independent agency network by partnering with state associations, carriers, and industry affinity groups.  


Alex Dopazo                                      
Dopazo & Associates, Inc.

Company Members

Agency Integrated Marketing Manager
Progressive Insurance 
Robert Brodersen
Associate Vice President, Sales Agency Administration 
Nationwide Insurance 
Bruce Carter
Director, Diversity and Inclusion

Rene Collins
Regional Director

Shay Conyers
Assistant Vice President of Distribution
Agency Development Project Leader
Selective Insurance  
Senior Commercial Business Consultant
VP, Commercial Underwriting Officer
Director, Bond & Speciality Insurance
Learning Logistics and HR Special Projects Leader
Westfield Insurance  
Director, Operations, Talent Development, Field Sales Administration
MetLife Auto & Home 
Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion
The Hartford
Directort, Diversity & Inclusion
The Hartford 
Senior Branch Manager
Liberty Mutual
Jeff Ogard
Vice President, Agency Relations
Safeco Insurance 
Vice President, Agency Development
Selective Insurance
Vice President & Marketing Strategy Leader
Westfield Insurance 

Seve Spruill
Human Resources Client Services Manager
Vice President, Human Resources 
Selective Insurance

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

Executive Committee Liaison 

Joseph Leahy
IIABA Executive Committee Liaison
Leahy and Brown Insurance

Agent Members 

Insurefit RM
CPC Insurance
Risk Management Solutions of America, Inc.
Janeth Ochoa
The Golden Rooster LLC
FIA Insurance Services, Inc.

State Executive Liaison 

Mark Male
Independent Insurance Agents of Rhode Island


Staff Liaisons

Madelyn Flannagan
Vice President, Agent Development, Education & Research
Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America, Inc.
Whitnee Dillard
Programs Director, Agents Council for Technology & Diversity
Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America, Inc.























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