Introducing the Women’s Insurance Network Newsletter and Website

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Finally, a newsletter and website dedicated exclusively to helping women succeed in the life and health insurance market.

There is tremendous opportunity for women to succeed in the insurance industry and we hope to do our part to make it a more approachable career and to create resources to foster more success.

Insurance Forums is excited to announce the creation of the Women’s Insurance Network (WIN) newsletter and website, which officially launched this week with a premiere newsletter edition.

The insurance industry has long been overdue for an online resource dedicated to helping women succeed in the industry. Insurance Forums has recognized this need, and with the creation of WIN has taken a proactive approach to offering a solution.

“Our mission through Insurance Forums, and now, WIN, has always been to provide a platform for networking and sharing of tools for success within the insurance and financial advising space,” said Pam Sheehan, senior vice president at Insurance Forums and WIN. “We are excited to offer a connection between female producers and the resources, as well as the businesses devoted to supporting women in this market.”

The Women’s Insurance Network will emphasize the sharing of peer-to-peer content and best-practices case studies from women actively working in the market. Newsletter content is being directed by veteran industry journalist Emily Holbrook, the former Editor in Chief of National Underwriter Life & Health, Retirement Advisor and LifeHealthPro.

“I am lucky enough to have been given the opportunity to spearhead this initiative, along with the Insurance Forums staff,” Holbrook said. “During my decade spent writing about the insurance sector, there was no cause I was more passionate about than helping women succeed in the industry. And now I get to continue on that important path.”

Attracting women to the insurance distribution business remains a huge challenge. But a number of entities, including carriers, marketing organizations and independent agencies, are making concerted efforts to attract, train and retain producers who bear a strong resemblance to a growing segment of clients – women.

“The industry has long known that women are significantly underrepresented and continues to struggle to make selling insurance a more approachable career for women,” said Sam Melamed, president of Insurance Forums and WIN. “As women have grown to control more of the household income and wealth in the U.S., the growth of female insurance practitioners has not kept pace. There is tremendous opportunity for women to succeed in the insurance industry and we hope to do our part to make it a more approachable career and to create resources to foster more success.”

The WIN newsletter launched today with support from Cincinnati-based Ohio National Financial Services.

“Ohio National is proud of this exciting opportunity to be the charter sponsor of the Women’s Insurance Network newsletter," said James Cowan, director of Next Markets. "This inaugural newsletter will enable us to reach thousands of female financial professionals with the excellence that Ohio National represents."

The new Women’s Insurance Network website and dedicated newsletter is exclusively dedicated to providing women in the industry – whether a green newcomer or a seasoned veteran – with topic-specific features, tips and information, enlightening profiles of successful producers, conversation-starting poll questions and more. Check out the website at

About Women’s Insurance Network: Women’s Insurance Network (WIN) is a collection of online resources dedicated to helping women succeed in the insurance industry with exclusive, focused content. WIN is managed by Insurance Forums, a long-established “central water cooler” for insurance agents that prides itself on keeping a finger on the pulse of everything relevant to insurance agents. For more information visit

About Insurance Forums: Insurance Forums is the world’s largest insurance community. Grown organically by and for producers, Insurance Forums is recognized as the central water cooler of the insurance sales world. Our 80,000+ members congregate to learn what is working from their peers and share hard-won insider information on how to succeed in every niche, and do so principally because the spirit of openness and collaboration courses through the site’s 100,000+ pages of insurance content. For more information visit

Pam Sheehan
Senior Vice President
Phone: 720-227-9348
eMail: Pam(at)

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