In an effort to provide an exclusive forum for its growing number of online readers, Insurance Networking News launched its online Discussion Board today, with its first iteration an INN Women in Insurance Leadership Forum.

The forum is designed to function as an online community, enabling its members to share and obtain information on a variety of topics related to the management of insurance business and technology. Members are encouraged to post topics for discussion.

The forum is an ancillary offering in the larger Insurance Networking News’ Women in Insurance Leadership Program, which will mark its 5th anniversary this year. The program has grown to include formal awards, full editorial coverage in print and in digital formats, and a two-day networking conference. As an extension of their support for our two-day networking conference, Strategy Meets Action (SMA) founder and partner Deb Smallwood and Karen Furtado will take an active role in generating and moderating some of the discussion.

“Our decision to launch the discussion board with a forum for Women in Insurance Leadership at its core reflects a direct response to the number of requests by INN readers to provide a sound, solid venue for women in insurance to learn from each other,” says Pat Speer, INN’s editor-in-chief. “This is a member-driven tool, so readers can add topics of their own, obtain information, network with other forum users and strengthen this unique online community.”

The discussion board’s launch coincides with International Women’s Day, an annual celebration that highlights women’s economic, political and social achievements. The designation has roots dating back to the early 1900s. More than one million women and men attended rallies in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland in 1911, according to the United Nations. At that time, these individuals demanded the right to vote and hold public office, and for an end to job discrimination.

“It’s fitting that our Women in Insurance Leadership Forum is launched on the anniversary of International Women’s Day,” said Speer. “The Forum is one more symbol of the accomplishments of women everywhere, as well as a desire for progress and the resolve women continue to exhibit to grow personally and professionally.”

INN’s forum areas will expand as the need arises, says Speer. The INN Discussion Board also includes a content- or article-specific discussion area, where readers can generate discussion on a variety of feature articles that appear in both print and online.

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