The technology and business sides of insurance entwine more and more with each passing year, as many of this year’s Women in Insurance Leadership honorees exemplify. Increasingly, technological acumen and skills are as important as a more fundamental understanding of the nature of insurance as a risk-mitigating entity.

For example, Sharon Ashton, worldwide commercial auto manager for Chubb, started out as a programmer in the company’s IT organization. In order to make it over to the business side, Ashton says, she let her natural curiosity take over.

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