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Demographics and Diversity Expert to Address Big “I”

Paul Taylor to keynote April 24 event to discuss ‘Our Changing Demographics: The Business Case for Diversity and Inclusion.’

PTaylor002.jpgWASHINGTON, D.C., April 16, 2015—The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) today announced that Paul Taylor will address the association’s Diversity Task Force and leadership at a special event during the annual Legislative Conference on Friday, April 24, at 10:30 a.m. EDT.
Taylor is a former Pew Research Center executive vice president and a leading expert in demographic, social and generational trends. He will provide valuable insight on demographic shifts and their impact on the business community. Taylor will also discuss why diversity and inclusion practices can improve the quality of a workforce while increasing the bottom-line.  
WHO:  Paul Taylor, former Pew Research Center vice president
WHAT: Big “I” Diversity Task Force event keynote address:
‘Our Changing Demographics: The Business Case for Diversity and Inclusion’
WHERE: Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
Columbia B Room, Ballroom Level
  400 New Jersey Avenue, NW
 Washington, DC 20001
DATE: Friday, April 24, 2015
TIME: 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. EDT
NOTE: Journalists interested in attending, please send an email to with “diversity event” in the subject line. Media registration for the conference is also available HERE.

“We are honored to announce that Paul Taylor will address the Big ‘I’ Diversity Task Force on the impact and importance of inclusion and diversity in business,” says Juan Padron, Big “I” Diversity Task Force chairman and owner of the SafeGuard Insurance Agency in McAllen, Texas. “His insight is imperative to our industry and we look forward to his presentation.”
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 10 leading insurance companies.
“Minorities, young people and women continue to be underrepresented 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, continues to provide valuable solutions as our industry makes strides in the right direction.”
Other highlights of the Big “I” Legislative Conference 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 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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