Rebekah Ratliff is a native of Chicago, Illinois. A University of Illinois graduate, she is degreed in the discipline of Psychology. Mrs. Ratliff is a credentialed 20+ year commercial complex claims professional with expertise in a variety of subject matter areas. Rebekah is registered with the State of Georgia as a Civil and Domestic Mediator and Arbitrator. She offers mediation, arbitration and case evaluation services through the Judicial Mediation Arbitration Service (JAMS). Rebekah is a nationally sought after presenter, panel speaker and lecturer in the legal and insurance industries. She is the recipient of various prestigious awards to include the President's Volunteer Service Award (Obama Administration), Insurance Business America's HOT 100 List 2020 and a 7th U.S. District (IL) Congressional Award for her work in dispute resolution. Rebekah enjoys travel, fine dining and serves her community through her work with her Sorority and AAIP. She is the visionary founder of HBCU I.M.P.A.C.T. Initiative, Inc. a non-profit designed to attract, educate and employ diverse talent in the insurance and legal industries. Rebekah lives with her family in the Atlanta, GA area and operates internationally.
Brigitte Spencer, CPCU, AINS, AIS, a native of Ohio, is a Director of Personal Lines with The Hanover Insurance Group. She has developed a depth of knowledge in Personal Lines Underwriting, Sales, and Contact Center Operations. Having driven profitable underwriting results, coordinated department startups and reorganizations, built quality and training programs, developed talent and supported process and product improvements, she is known for her ability to drive engagement and results through collaboration, bring diverse perspectives to the table and inspire others to achieve their best selves. Brigitte joined AAIP/NAAIA in 2018 and plans to further our growth by positively influencing professionals on the benefits of a career in the insurance industry and corporations on the importance diversity and inclusion plays in their future success and profitability.
Chevon Andre Brooks, Esq., is the founder and managing member of Brooks, Berne & Herndon, PLLC. The firm has multiple offices in New York and New Jersey with its primary focus on insurance defense. Chevon concentrates his practice on the defense of property and casualty matters in both federal and state court. Practicing law for fourteen years, Chevon provides extensive appellate experience and valuable insight in handling client matters from inception through trial and appeal. He currently handles insurance coverage, bad faith, excess/umbrella coverage, New York Labor Law, complex construction, municipal liability, products liability, asbestos exposure, motor vehicle, workers’ compensation defense and general negligence cases.
Coupled with the desire provide clients with the best defense and to build a strong firm, Chevon has a desire to assist those who are less fortunate. With this priority, Chevon spearheaded the founding of the firm’s pro bono program, which provides legal services to indigent individuals and businesses and regularly mentors minority attorneys.
Jenny J Saint Preux, MBA, CPCU, AINS, AIS currently serves as Senior Manager of Underwriting Training and Quality for Kemper Personal Insurance. Her experience within the financial services industry encompasses underwriting, training and quality leadership, as well as, inside sales operations leadership. Jenny has also spearheaded initiatives focusing on change management, employee engagement, software deployment, and process improvement. She also possesses B.A.s in Business Administration and Psychology as well as an MBA in Finance.
Clive McCarthy is a Sales Leader for Exclusive Agent Distribution, Liberty Mutual Insurance Group. He is charged with leading a regional sales operation of licensed professionals cultivating a high-performance mindset grounded in a diversity equity and inclusion environment. He was elected to the National Board of Directors for the National African American Insurance Association and the Big “I” National Diversity Council and provides strategic partnership leadership to executive leadership within the industry.
Renee Collins is an accomplished insurance executive with experience across many leadership functions within the Property and Casualty sector of the industry. She currently serves as 2VP, Field Operations for Business Insurance with Travelers. She is tasked with defining and leading strategic operations priorities within Small Commercial Operations with focus on Select and Specialty Practices across the U.S. and Canada. With over twenty years in leadership roles, a progressive executive with focus on multiple disciplinary teams across the Enterprise to deliver results to increase and maintain strong productivity goals while maintaining industry leading underwriting expertise.
A strong advocate and ally to Diversity & Inclusion partners across the organization and industry. Serve as Travelers Regional Representative for Black/African American (ERG), enterprise supporter and leader focused on cultivating a diverse and inclusive environment with continued promotion of community involvement and service. Named as a Black Enterprise Women of Power, representing Travelers Insurance where she has demonstrated dedication and leadership with a focus on awareness of true inclusion. Strong span of focus and intentional commitment to diversity and inclusion which has afforded the opportunity to have a presence across various mentorship programs at Travelers, Serving with a Purpose through GA Center for Self Sufficiency, AIDS awareness, PRIDE & LGBTQ community activist, Atlanta Association of Insurance Professionals Affinity Chair, National African American Insurance Association, leadership involvement with Dive-In Festival, serving as vice-chair with Georgia Diversity Council Advisory Board and Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers Association Diversity Council board member and recognized as a Leader of Change by Insurance Business America
Donnamarie D. Blake is an innovative, results-driven professional with 20 years of experience in the insurance industry. With proven ability to infuse new ideas, manage product development, and direct large-scale application development projects. She has demonstrated the ability to research, analyze and translate information to diverse audiences. She is a thought leader with effective use of data analytics, and data visualization to guide executive decision-making processes.
Donnamarie has a Master’s in Business Administration, Central Michigan University. Bachelor of Science – Computer Information Systems, and Bachelor of Science – Business Operations, DeVry Institute of Technology. Graduate Certificate in Software Engineering from Central Michigan. She is a certified Project manager, and a member of the PMI International, AAIP, AHOU, Georgia Association of Home office underwriters (VP), and NAAIA.
Joy Mvogo, CPCU is a Senior Underwriter for Philadelphia Insurance Companies. She has 20 years of experience in Underwriting and Claims roles. She recently transitioned from a regional role to a national Home Office role, with a concentration in one of the toughest jurisdictions in the country (Florida). She studied Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting at Georgia Southwestern State University. She also holds five industry designations CPCU, ARM, AU, AIS, AINS and has completed the program in Supervisory Management through The Institutes. Her passions outside of the Insurance Industry are Diversity and Inclusion and Autism Awareness.
Joi Blume is a skilled commercial insurance professional who has worked in the insurance industry for over 10 years and has a superior understanding of the Excess and Surplus lines marketplace. Joi is currently AVP-Underwriter at Intact Insurance Specialty Solutions f/k/a OneBeacon Insurance Group where she participates on large comprehensive specialty property placements. She holds a B.A. in Communications and an MBA; and is a licensed Property and Casualty agent for the State of Georgia. Joi has been recognized by Insurance Business America as an insurance “Young Gun” and was recently named in The Alabama State University 2020 Class of 50 Under 50. She is passionate about D,E&I and women succeeding in male-dominated industries. Blume joined the Atlanta Association of Insurance Professionals (AAIP) in 2019 and previously served as Co-Chair of Program Development.