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Business and Diversity Expert to Address Big “I”

Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever to keynote April 15 event: ‘The Inclusion Revolution: How to Maximize the Power of America's Future in Your Business Today’

Avis Photo.jpgWASHINGTON, D.C., March 23, 2016—The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) today announced that Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever will address the association’s Diversity Task Force, leadership and members at a special event during the annual Legislative Conference on Friday, April 15, at 12:00 p.m. EDT. 

Jones-DeWeever is a career reinvention strategist, diversity consultant and women’s empowerment expert. She is the founder of Exceptional Leadership Institute for Women, a global personal and professional development firm, and president of Incite Unlimited, a Washington, D.C.-based, boutique consulting firm that specializes in diversity consulting, communication strategy and research. Jones-DeWeever will discuss how understanding and using the power of diversity in business is more than just the right thing to do, it’s the fiscally sound thing to do.   

“We are honored to announce that Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever will address our association on the importance of inclusion and diversity in the ‘Inclusion Revolution’,” says Juan Padron, Big “I” Diversity Task Force chairman and owner of the SafeGuard Insurance Agency in McAllen, Texas. “Her insight is imperative to our changing industry and we look forward to her presentation.” 

WHO: Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever, Exceptional Leadership Institute for Women founder and Incite Unlimited president

WHAT: Big “I” Diversity Task Force event keynote address: ‘The Inclusion Revolution: How to maximize the power of America's future in your business today’

WHERE: Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel
Congressional Ballroom B, Ballroom Level
999 Ninth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
        (202) 898-9000 

DATE: Friday, April 15, 2016

TIME: 11:45 a.m.–1:30 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.

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 11 leading insurance companies. 

“Minorities, women and younger people 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 works to make strides in the right direction.”
The Big “I” Legislative Conference is the insurance industry’s best-attended, most effective legislative meeting. This year’s event will take place April 13-15 at the Renaissance Washington, DC, Downtown Hotel.
Other highlights of the Big “I” Legislative Conference include in-depth issues briefing sessions, appearances by numerous high-profile speakers to discuss important insurance and national issues, and hundreds of meetings on Capitol Hill between Big “I” agents and brokers and their elected representatives in Congress. 
Journalists interested in attending, please register online, send an email to or call (703) 706-5473 for media registration.
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:
​127 South Peyton Street
Alexandria VA 22314
​phone: 800.221.7917
fax: 703.683.7556

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