Supporting Women in the Industry

CLM Fellows and Members share how they are supporting the next generation of women in the industry

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What are you doing professionally to help the next generation of women in the industry?

“I am doing what several great women leaders in the industry have done for me—mentor, develop, and empower high-potential women. I help them identify their areas of opportunities and strengthen their skills in order to be ready for potential promotions. I also ensure that I am supporting these outstanding women in performance reviews and in succession planning. Lastly, I recommend CLM’s Claims College School of Leadership, which will help in their development as leaders.”

LaDonna Murphy, Liability Large Loss Manager, Central Insurance Companies. CLM Fellow since 2020.

“I am a big supporter of the Alliance of Women in Workers’ Compensation. The AWWC provides great programming on a variety of topics that will help women throughout their careers. It is a collaborative and welcoming group that focuses on the advancement of women in the industry. I always feel energized after an AWWC event.”

Tara Acton, Claims Director & Counsel, Lumen Technologies, Inc. CLM Fellow since 2010.

“Even today, when women earn more law degrees than men, it is imperative to intentionally promote female talent. At my firm, which is a majority female-owned law firm, we are focused on pay equity, mentorship, and sponsorship of female talent and strive to ensure that a woman’s choice to raise a family does not interfere with career opportunities.”

Maria AbateShareholder, Colodny Fass, PA. CLM Member since 2009.

“We hire women and people of diverse backgrounds and mentor them to be future leaders of the firm and our industry. We also create a community for women through our Women in Construction conference. Diversity and inclusion are important to me and the firm because not only do we value the presence and perspectives of different groups of people with different backgrounds, but also we also integrate their contributions into the firm’s culture.”

Wakako Uritani, Managing Partner, Lorber, Greenfield & Polito, LLP. CLM Member since 2014.

1.6 Million

Number of women employed in the insurance industry.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey


Percent of female senior leaders in the insurance industry.

Source: Million Women Mentors, Women in Insurance Initiative

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Fran Clark

Fran Clark is specialty content manager at CLM.

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