ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Aug. 18, 2015—The Big “I” Diversity Task Force is a recipient of a 2015 TOP 25 ERG & Diversity Council Honors Award –the only annual national award that recognizes, honors and celebrates the outstanding contributions and achievements of Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), Business Resource Groups (BRGs) and Diversity Council groups.
“The Big ‘I’ Diversity Task Force continues to drive diversity and inclusion efforts throughout the enterprise by working their strategic plan that is delivering results and making an impact,” says Linda Stokes, President of PRISM International, Inc. and the Association of ERGs & Councils. “We welcome them back again this year and look forward to celebrating and honoring them along with the other distinguished Top 25 recipients Oct. 14.”
This is the seventh year for the ERG & Council Honors Award™ which was established in 2008 by the Association of ERGs & Councils and PRISM International, Inc. Other recipients include the American Airlines – Diversity Advisory Council, and General Motors Employee Resource Groups’ Council, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Diversity Council and Progressive Insurance Network of Empowered Women. The full list and additional information are available on the 2015 Conference website.
“The Big ‘I’ Diversity Task Force is honored to receive a 2015 TOP 25 ERG & Diversity Council Honors Award for a second year in a row,” says Juan Padron, Big “I” Diversity Task Force chairman and SafeGuard Insurance Agency owner in McAllen, Texas. “We are excited to see our efforts recognized along with so many impressive diversity initiatives from a variety of industries.”
The Association of ERGs & Councils will recognize, honor and celebrate the recipients at a dinner ceremony during the 2015 ERG & Council Conference in Alexandria, Virginia, on Oct. 14.
“Diversity continues to be a top priority for the independent agency system and the entire business community at large,” says Robert Rusbuldt, Big “I” president & CEO. “Minorities, women and young people continue to be underrepresented in our industry. 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 an important part of the solution.”
The Big “I” Diversity Task Force 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.
Founded in 1896, the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of American (IIABA or 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 and health—as well as employee benefit plans and retirement products. Web address: www.independentagent.com.