The spirit of innovation is alive and well in the insurance industry, and it's in that environment that Digital Insurance announces a call for Women in Insurance Leadership award nominations.

Now in its 12th year, the Women in Insurance Leadership program has profiled the extraordinary accomplishments of more than 70 individuals — whose pursuit of excellence, leadership and professional performance has been key in redefining the insurance business and technology industry landscape.

It's one of the highlights of my year to meet the winners and see how their passion for the insurance industry has driven the digitalization of the industry. Last year's honorees included Jayne Olsen, who has transformed Swiss Re's relationship with data and analytics by implementing initiatives around predictive modeling and the Internet of Things. And Farmers' Amanda Reierson has led the venerable P&C insurer's agents through a digital transformation that includes social media and e-commerce training.

These early movers prepared their companies to survive and lead through the major disruption that the insurance industry has encountered over the past several years. Many also work to sell the insurance industry to the next generation of innovators and lead professional development initiatives in their companies. For example, Esurance's Nandini Easwar is a leader in the company's Women's Innovation Network, which helps workers both female and male balance work and home lives.

I encourage our readers to go to our nomination site and submit some information on exemplary women leaders from their companies. The winners, who will be selected by a joint panel of DI editors and previous years' winners, are profiled in a special print edition, as well as an online feature, in September. In addition, they will be celebrated at our next Women in Insurance Leadership Forum, which will be Sept. 13 and 14 in Chicago. Stay tuned to this space for more information about the Forum as it comes.

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