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APIW 2020 & 2021 Winner of the Diversity & Inclusion Award

APIW Honors Its 2021 Insurance Woman of the Year and its Extraordinary Women in an Extraordinary Year

Left to right: Kathleen Alicks, Ashley Dillon, Kathleen Savio, Barbara Bufkin, Kristin Downey and Melike Oz Pasaogullari

President's Message

Barbara Bufkin 
President, APIW






Dear APIW Members and Corporate Sponsors:

Happy New Year!

We begin 2022 with more optimism, hopefully less Omicron, and plans underway to meet and greet each other in our network cites and at a gala luncheon in New York. 

We would like to welcome Aflac,  Westfield , AIG, Underwriting Services Management Co. and recognize all 36 of the dedicated companies and the 600+ women who represent talent from many states across America and a range of experience from the C-Suite to young professionals and emerging leaders.

APIW today at 46 years old is just hitting her stride. With our intentional pursuit of diversity, we will continue our annual membership survey to ask our members to self-identify and help the board measure the breadth of our inclusive mission.




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APIW Salutes the Insurance Business Magazine Elite Women 2022. Read here


New Zurich scholarship honors 2021 APIW Insurance Woman of the Year Kathleen Savio

Zurich North America is funding a new scholarship aimed at supporting further progress on gender parity in insurance, in collaboration with APIW. The scholarship is named in honor of the APIW’s 2021 Insurance Woman of the Year Kathleen Savio, Chief Transformation and People Officer for Zurich Insurance Group and previous CEO of Zurich North America.

For the next five years, Zurich will provide $5,000 a year and Savio will match that amount to provide $10,000 each year to one female student attending the Katie School of Insurance and Risk Management at Illinois State University, which is Savio’s alma mater. The APIW Zurich Kathleen Savio Scholarship is intended to help improve access to opportunities for women in insurance and risk management professions.

The APIW Zurich Kathleen Savio Scholarship was announced at a May 16 event at Zurich North America’s Schaumburg, Illinois headquarters, celebrating Savio’s recognition as the APIW’s 2021 Insurance Woman of the Year. The honor was officially conferred at a ceremony in New York City in April.

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APIW Honors Kathleen Savio as APIW 2021 Insurance Woman of the Year

APIW is pleased to announce Kathleen Savio, Chief Transformation Officer of Zurich Insurance Group, has been selected as the 2021 recipient of the prestigious APIW Insurance Woman of the Year Award. Kathleen was recognized with this award on April 7, 2022 at Tavern on the Green in New York City.

In announcing the award, APIW President Barbara Bufkin said, “We are delighted to present the 2021 APIW Insurance Woman of the Year award, our highest honor, to Kathleen Savio. Kathleen’s highly successful career, leading various businesses and cultural transformation for over 30 years at Zurich Insurance Group, has had an impact within her company and the insurance industry overall. Kathleen’s professionalism coupled with her grace, humility and commitment to giving back make her an exemplary  choice at this important time.” 

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APIW Honors "Extraordinary Women in an Extraordinary Year"

The recipients were honored at the APIW CEO luncheon on April 7th at Tavern on the Green. The recipients are:

  • Kathleen Alicks, Senior Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer, Seneca Insurance Company
  • Ashley  Dillon, Senior Director, Global Underwriting Risk & Quality Assurance, Markel
  • Kristin Downey, Chief Administrative Officer, Amwins
  • Melike Oz Pasaogullari, Senior Vice President, Business Process Management, Arch Insurance