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Our top eight goals to celebrate Black history in 2022

By meghanbeachlang | February 1, 2022

Today, as we celebrate the first day of Black History Month, we want to make something very clear. Our commitment to racial equity in the workplace is year-round, 365 days a year, not just for publicity’s sake one month a year. We also strongly feel that Black History Month is meant to honor brave actions … Read more

The dangers of workplace assumptions

Innocent Assumptions: New Shared Story to IE

By meghanbeachlang | January 17, 2022

I can’t believe it’s my first big conference where I am a Keynote Speaker at the event. A stranger approaches me as I internally build my sense of worth (yes, you belong here, and yes, you have something to give these business owners). I take a quick sip of my drink because cold networking always … Read more

Where are the Women Executives in Insurance? – Misha Bleymaier-Farrish

By stampfe | December 6, 2021

Current State According to S&P Global Market Intelligence’s website, “Approximately 21.4% of executives and officers at the large insurers that trade on the NYSE or Nasdaq are women.”  That same article states that there are only seven female CEOs in the US insurance industry—seven.  Think about those numbers compared to the percentage of women in … Read more

Why I Believe in IE – Lindsey Strong

By stampfe | November 22, 2021

Most people end up in insurance accidentally. Many times spending decades working their way through the ranks, leaning heavily into insurance education. We are personally and professionally invested in an industry that often does not return the same respect. This makes it even harder as professionals reconsidering their careers and are faced with the question … Read more

Putting up with It – IE Storyteller

By stampfe | November 19, 2021

My second job in insurance was at a brokerage/MGA and I wanted to do well, of course. Our office was taken over by another about 8-12 months into my time there, and the new manager interviewed each of us privately. This new manager was on his laptop the entire time he talked to me, saying … Read more

Happy Veterans Day from a Military Brat

By stampfe | November 11, 2021

I am a military brat, through and through. I grew up in a conservative household, had the American flag swimsuit, and played dress-up with my parents’ BDUs (battle dress uniforms). Eventually, my sister joined the military. There was a sense of pride that she carried on the family tradition. But growing up there was always … Read more

How Your Clients & Business Relationships Affect Workplace Discrimination & Harassment

By stampfe | November 10, 2021

This post focuses on the fourth tenet of the Pledge: We commit to removing relationships and cutting contracts with companies that perpetuate harm. The Pledge – We commit to: Cultivating an open and inclusive culture for employees to feel comfortable coming forward when an incident occurs. Believing the person coming forward, investigating the incident, and … Read more

Why NDAs for Workplace Discrimination or Harassment Harm More Than Help

By stampfe | November 10, 2021

This post focuses on the third tenet of the pledge: We commit to not forcing or mandating silence or confidentiality for the person coming forward. The Pledge – We commit to: Cultivating an open and inclusive culture for employees to feel comfortable coming forward when an incident occurs Believing the person coming forward, investigating the … Read more

How to Handle Incident Reporting & Outcomes

By stampfe | November 8, 2021

This post focuses on the second tenet of the Pledge: We commit to believing the person coming forward, investigating the incident, and taking appropriate disciplinary action based on the findings. The Pledge – We commit to: Cultivating an open and inclusive culture for employees to feel comfortable coming forward when an incident occurs. Believing the … Read more

How to Cultivate an Open and Inclusive Culture

By stampfe | November 8, 2021

This post focuses on the first tenet of the Pledge: We commit to cultivating an open and inclusive culture for employees to feel comfortable coming forward should an incident occur. The Pledge – We commit to: Cultivating an open and inclusive culture for employees to feel comfortable coming forward when an incident occurs. Believing the … Read more