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NeighborWorks America Diversity Expert to Address Big "I"

April 15 event will discuss how independent agents can foster a more diverse mix of business and better serve their communities.

ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 14, 2011 — The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) today announced that Todd Pittman, NeighborWorks America director corporate partnership development, will address the Diversity Luncheon held during the association’s Legislative Conference & Convention on Friday, April 15, at 11:45 a.m.

 Mr. Pittman is expected to discuss how the insurance industry, particularly agents at the grassroots neighborhood level, are an important element in creating more resilient neighborhoods and can foster a more diverse mix of business for the insurance industry. 

WHO:  Todd Pittman, NeighborWorks America director corporate partnership development

WHAT: Big “I” Diversity Lunch keynote address on grassroots in the insurance industry
WHERE: Independence CDE Ballroom, Independence Level (5B)
  Grand Hyatt Washington Hotel
  1000 H Street, NW
  Washington, DC 20001
DATE: Friday, April 15, 2011
TIME: 11:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. EASTERN
NOTE: RSVP necessary; Journalists interested in attending, please contact Margarita Tapia, director of public affairs, at (800) 221-7917 or for media registration.

The Diversity Task Force, which is hosting the forum, is a cooperative industry group comprised of Big “I” agents and brokers, members of groups representing Latin-American, African-American and Asian-American agents and nine leading insurance companies.

“Minorities, young people and women continue to be underrepresented in our industry and in the independent agency system — particularly among agency principals,” says Madelyn Flannagan, Big “I” vice president of agent development, education and research. “The Diversity Task Force, with its mission of fostering a profitable independent agency force that reflects, represents and capitalizes on the opportunities of the diverse U.S. population, is part of the solution.”

The Big “I” Legislative Conference & Convention is the insurance industry’s best-attended, most effective legislative meeting. This year’s event will take place April 13-15 at the Grand Hyatt Washington Hotel in Washington, D.C. For more information, go to and select the “Events and Conferences” link.

Other highlights of the Big “I” Legislative Conference & Convention include in-depth issues briefing sessions; appearances by numerous high-profile speakers discussing important insurance and national issues confronting lawmakers as well as agents and brokers; and hundreds of meetings on Capitol Hill between Big “I” agents and brokers and their elected representatives in Congress.

Founded in 1896, the Big “I” is the nation’s oldest and largest national association of independent insurance agents and brokers, representing a network of more than 300,000 agents, brokers and their employees nationally. Its members are businesses that offer customers a choice of policies from a variety of insurance companies. Independent agents and brokers offer all lines of insurance—property, casualty, life, health, employee benefit plans and retirement products. Web address:


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Alexandria VA 22314
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