Congratulations to Wendy Sumrell, Gallagher Bassett Vice President of Business Development, on her appointment to the Board of the Alliance of Women in Workers’ Compensation (AWWC). The Alliance was formed in 2016, when 2 women-led organizations merged to support their common goals: to effect positive change in the workers’ compensation industry through networking, support, mentoring and collaboration.
“I am honored to be added to the AWWC Board and I am looking forward to being part of the leading ‘think tank’ of women that are affecting change in our industry.” says Wendy, who has been an ambassador to the Alliance since the inception of the organization. Having worked closely with Wendy to launch the Ambassador program, AWWC founding member Artemis Emslie is excited to have Wendy on the board. “We are thrilled to have Wendy join the Alliance board. Her passion and energy to the mission of building leaders in our industry is palpable.”
"I was then asked to be the first AWWC Ambassador nationally, jumped on the opportunity to establish the first, grass roots Atlanta Chapter.” She has hosted 6 networking and 4 educational events; all are aimed at uniting women and men alike in addressing challenges and opportunities for women in the workers’ compensation industry.
Wendy progressed within the organization on a national level, establishing chapters in North Carolina and Tennessee and continues to collaborate with regional ambassadors on chapter colonization, event ideas and sponsorship efforts.
Looking ahead, Wendy is moved to continue in her enlightenment of the Alliance members. “My personal goal is to reach more women and men through the AWWC educational programs and continue to expand our library of discussion topics. I would also like to explore the expansion of the overall AWWC mission and strategize/implement new ways to reach and encourage college grads to start and continue their careers in the Insurance Industry.”
Wendy has always had an entrepreneurial spirit, and we are thrilled to see our colleague take on this exciting new industry leadership opportunity.