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In celebration of International Women’s Day, we are delighted to be part of a panel of extraordinary women leaders for this special edition of Insurance News Analysis. We discuss the strides being made toward gender equality and the work that remains. 

So, what is being done to recruit, retain and promote women in the insurance industry? The research shows that attracting women is not a problem, but there is a struggle in growing that talent into leadership roles . Our guest Gunjali Rana, Assistant Vice President of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at CNA, one of the Insurance Business 5-Star DE&I winners, adds that while the disparity in pay between men and women is certainly an issue, there are other gaps to consider. 

Insurance companies are now establishing programs dedicated to increasing representation of women and diverse groups in the industry. Trina Bowser, the Accenture member of the Black Insurance Industry Collective (BIIC) Leadership Council, discusses how the BIIC partners with companies to create programs that promote mentorship and sponsorship. 

According to the Accenture Future of Work study, a staggering 70% of the global workforce carries caretaking responsibilities for children, parents and other loved ones. Our panel shares tactics they have leveraged that may help women in the workforce remain in their roles and grow their careers. 

We also touch on the responsibility of the insurance industry when it comes to inclusive insurance, which our colleague Heather Sullivan talked about recently on her blog. 

Accenture’s IWD theme this year is “Be Without Limits.” We wrap the session by sharing inspirational women our panelists believe have lived without limits. 

Happy International Women’s Day! 

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