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Grow Your Business Through Diversity and Inclusion

Inclusion in Action

Winter 2022

Driving inclusive business practices to engage and develop a sustainable
diverse independent agency network.


The Big "I" Diversity Council is pleased to start the new year with the third edition of Inclusion in Action! We look forward to keeping you informed on all things related to diversity and inclusion across the IA channel and beyond. Stay tuned as we highlight key events, webinars, agency best practice tools and more relating to diversity and inclusion. Be sure to subscribe here to ensure you continue to receive future editions. Also – we want to hear from YOU. Share your feedback here.

The Big "I" Diversity Council is pleased to celebrate 20 years of service. Photo taken at the inaugural "Level Up" business and inclusion summit in New Orleans on January 14, 2020.

New Global Diversity and Inclusion Standard Impacting All Industry Sectors
The International Organization for Standards (ISO) has published a new standard for Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) that spans corporate governance, human resources, product delivery and supplier diversity providing a uniformed way to answer the question, “what is D&I?” This is a huge opportunity for the oldest industry of advisors humankind has ever known: insurance agents! Continued here.

Agent Profile: Mel Evans

We are pleased to highlight underrepresented agency leaders across the independent agency channel. For this edition of Inclusion in Action, we sat down with InsureFit RM President, Mel Evans, to talk about the process his team went through to ultimately solidify their official recognition as a leading national Best Practices Agency. More from Mel here.

Watch “Best Practices Agency Process Explained" to learn how you can become nationally recognized as a Best Practices Agency!

Join a Focus Group for New Diversity Training Series
The Big “I” Diversity Council has developed a four-part diversity and inclusion training series exclusively for you and we need YOUR HELP! Sign up to join a focus group that will review and provide feedback on the series. More information here.

OIA Hosts Inaugural DEI Dialogue Event

On Tuesday, December 7, Ohio Insurance Agents (OIA) partnered with the Big “I” Diversity Council, Grange and Westfield Insurance to host an industry call to action event engaging independent agents, carrier representatives, and other leaders across the IA channel in thought provoking discussions surrounding diversity, equity and inclusion. Learn more here.

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Mark Your Calendar!

Jan 17 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Feb 1 – Black History Month Starts

Feb 1 – Chinese New Year

Feb 1 – Insurance Careers Month Starts

Feb 21 – Presidents Day

Mar 1 – Women’s History Month Starts 

Mar 8 – International Women’s Day

Mar 17 – St. Patrick’s Day

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​We are pleased to join Insurance Careers Movement (ICM) and Invest throughout the month of February to promote working in the insurance industry. Let's get LOUD!

Tap into this agency toolkit on operational effectiveness, the carrier appointment process, employee productivity and goal setting. Available on-demand.

Learn about diversity and inclusion initiatives taking place across our Big "I" state associations here.

2022 Big "I" Diversity Council

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