Retaining Black Talent: Part Three

For the third and final episode of their conversation, Brenda Shelly again joins Adeola Adele and Deidre Wright for the end of their discussion on retaining Black talent and accountability in the insurance industry. They conclude their conversation on affecting and sustaining change, and delve into what accountability really means and how it can and should impact the industry.

Listen to the first episode posted previously on the blog here, and the second episode here. We also encourage you to visit the PLUS and the PLUS Foundation websites for more discussions about race and diversity in the workplace.

Adeola Adele, Adele Law Group, PLLC

Adeola Adele is an attorney and former insurance industry executive with 20 years of combined legal and risk management consulting experience. Adeola left the industry in 2019 to start her solo law firm practice, Adele Law Group, PLLC, where she provides legal counsel and risk management consulting services to non-profit organizations, social enterprises and other mission-driven organizations.  Adeola was recognized in 2016 as a Woman to Watch by Business Insurance . She is currently a Board member at Pathfinders Justice Initiative and a member of NonProfit New York’s Government Relations Council.

Deidre Wright, ARMe

Deidre Wright is the CEO of Strategic Stories, helping executives and entrepreneurs brand themselves as industry celebrities; She’s a Board Advisor for Juniper Labs; alumni of Business Insurance, Marsh and Aon; Insurance Supper Club Member and past Co-Chair of San Francisco’s Dive In Fest, NAAIA’s Emerging Leaders Committee and Board Member of RIMS Rising Risk Professionals.

Brenda A. Shelly
Managing Director, Marsh JLT Specialty
Marsh & McLennan Companies

Brenda is a seasoned broker, client advisor and business development professional, with deep brokerage and risk management expertise, currently managing F500, IPO, and M&A clients, including their Claims Management, Directors & Officers Liability and other Financial Lines. Prior to her current role, Brenda served for five years as Marsh’s D&O Product Leader, Chairman of FINPRO’s Global Advisory Board and its Global Content Leader. Before that, she was FINPRO’s Pacific North Growth Leader, Bay Area Practice Leader, National Technology Leader and National IPO Leader.

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The Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS) was founded in 1986 by industry professionals who recognized the need for a forum for individuals involved in the field of professional liability. The Society is a non-profit organization with membership open to persons interested in the promotion and development of the professional liability industry. Membership consists of over 6,500 individuals, representing over 1,000 companies active in the many fields of professional liability. PLUS currently receives the support of more than 200 companies through corporate membership. PLUS is recognized as the primary source of professional liability educational programs and seminars, assistance to its members to help serve clients, and information regarding professional liability. The Society is continually seeking new means to fulfill its mission statement and better serve its members.

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