How can we make the insurance industry more diverse?

insurancebusinessmag | July 08, 2019

Diversity and inclusion is something that Tali Shlomo, the people engagement director at the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) and speaker at the upcoming Women in Insurance event, is extremely passionate about.Shlomo worked in a number of different industries, from start-ups to tech to media, before landing the job at the CII. She said that the organisation was looking for someone to bring in a mindshift change and that she was ready to take that on.

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The insurance industry has not evolved in any significant way since its inception. And yet, thanks to its positioning as a ‘must-have’ product, it remains one of the most lucrative industries in the world.

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The insurance industry has not evolved in any significant way since its inception. And yet, thanks to its positioning as a ‘must-have’ product, it remains one of the most lucrative industries in the world.

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Ohio National | September 07, 2022

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LIFE INSURANCE

OneAmerica® Launches Variable Universal Life Insurance

OneAmerica | September 21, 2022

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CLAIMS, INSURANCE TECHNOLOGY

One Inc Partners with Hi Marley to Disrupt Claims Payment Processing and Modernize the Policyholder Experience

One Inc | October 27, 2022

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