I am honored and humbled to be writing my first APIW President’s Message. Anyone who has spoken to me for more than a few minutes knows how important APIW is to me, and how strongly I feel about its value, both professionally and personally. Few things have made as deep and lasting impression as the very first APIW meeting I attended in 1996 (eek – how can that possibly be??). Urged by a mentor to explore the possibilities, I walked into a room full of seasoned insurance professionals knowing absolutely no one and nothing about the organization or its members. But the strength, intelligence and professionalism coursing through the room was palpable, and the people were warm, welcoming and incredible. I walked out two hours later knowing many people who took me under their wing, got me involved, and made a real and lasting impression on my career and my life (shout out to Paula, Eileen, Diane and Cathy, with gratitude). I am very excited to lead a brilliant and dedicated team that is helping to make this incredible opportunity available to others.
Congratulations to our Insurance Woman of the Year 2014
The APIW Insurance Woman of the Year award, presented annually since 1976, recognizes an exceptional woman who has achieved prominence in the insurance industry. Dr. Therese M. Vaughan was chosen as this year's award recipient in recognition of her outstanding achievements and leadership within the industry, as well as her commitment to the advancement of women.