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InVEST Introduces New Board Member

 Emily Hathcoat brings more than 15 years of industry experience to program’s leadership.

Emily Hathwright InVEST.gifALEXANDRIA, Va., Sept. 16, 2014 – InVEST, the insurance industry’s premier classroom-to-career education program, is pleased to announce that Emily Hathcoat has joined its national board. Hathcoat is assistant vice president of corporate marketing & advertising at CNA.

“InVEST is pleased to announce that Emily Hathcoat has joined our distinguished board of directors,” says Robert G. Slocum, CPCU, CIC, InVEST board chair and president of The Slocum Agency, Inc., an independent agency in Warwick, Rhode Island. “Emily brings more than 15 years of marketing and communications experience within the insurance industry to the table. We look forward to drawing from her expertise to develop and achieve the strategic goals of the InVEST program.”
As CNA’s assistant vice president of corporate marketing & advertising, Hathcoat is responsible for supporting the company’s business objectives through marketing and communication programs that impact customers, agents and brokers. She has held market-focused positions in CNA’s distribution management, eBusiness and field operations units since joining the company in 2001. Previously, she served as marketing manager for Advanced Technologies Group where she led the company’s entry into new markets. Hathcoat earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, and an MBA in marketing from Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri.
“InVEST is critically important for the future of the independent agency system and the insurance industry as a whole,” says Robert Rusbuldt, Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) president & CEO. “Educators, volunteers, agents and industry leaders, like Emily Hathcoat, are key to the success of this program as it continues to grow and expand into more schools. We applaud and thank her for her commitment to this critical program.”

Hathcoat is replacing Jeremy Chaseley as the CNA representative on the InVEST board. 

As a 501(c)(3) educational trust, InVEST benefits from the support of numerous insurance organizations, hundreds of agencies, brokers and volunteers. The program provides the insurance industry with motivated, talented and intelligent professionals through a support structure of state associations, board members, national staff, teachers and the many industry professionals who work in the field as classroom liaisons.

Founded in 1970 and based in Alexandria, Va., InVEST promotes insurance education in order to attract individuals to pursue a career in the insurance industry. Each year, the program prepares thousands of students for insurance-related careers with a hands-on curriculum taught in high schools, adult education centers and colleges. The high school curriculum is a business-education program that utilizes a hands-on approach which simulates an insurance agency and company operations to prepare students for various business careers and create more knowledgeable insurance consumers. At the college level, InVEST is an information-intensive curriculum of risk management and financial services. These courses provide students with a working knowledge of the basics needed to pursue careers in the insurance industry. For more information, go to

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 approximately a quarter of a million 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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fax: 703.683.7556

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