In my several years covering the insurance industry, I’ve met some people with really fascinating backgrounds , and I’m excited to announce that one of them will be joining us onstage at my first Women in Insurance Leadership Forum in October.

Kat Swain, USAA’s P&C innovation advisor and leader of its UAS program, has been a pilot as long as she’s been in insurance. In fact, the UAS program she leads at the insurer stands for “Unmanned Aircraft Systems” – Swain is setting the direction for the insurance company’s development of drone technology.

Innovation in insurance is often driven by peoples’ outside interests, and USAA has a distinct advantage in employing a dynamic professional with robust experience on “both sides of the ball,” so to speak. She told INN earlier this year that she’s been working on the drone project since 2010, and that the technology has the ability to revolutionize catastrophe response and inspections. Swain also works with the organization Roboticists Without Borders as another avenue to bring the benefits of drone technologies to emergencies.

“We saw the catastrophes as being the greatest time of need, and it can really show the benefits of this technology,” she said.

Come hear what Swain has to say about insurance, aviation, and the unique opportunities both have offered her, at the Women in Insurance Leadership Forum, Oct. 28-29 in Chicago. Our growing speaker roster also includes representatives from MassMutual, Swiss Re, State Auto, and other carriers who will provide attendees with professional development and networking to help advance diversity in the industry.

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