Local woman named among insurance industry’s elite

Renee Lerche
Renee Lerche (contributed photo)

A Farmington Hills insurance professional has been recognized in a list of the industry’s female elite.

Dr. Renee Lerche of H.W. Kaufman Financial Group has been included in Insurance Business America magazine’s Elite Women list. This feature recognizes the women changing the face of the American insurance industry.

Insurance Business America asked readers and top insurance companies for their nominations and have narrowed it down to 144 individuals whose astounding personal and professional achievements have earned them a place among the industry’s best.

The industry has long been dominated by men; however, according to the figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women now hold 61 percent of the jobs in the insurance space. Yet women are still not equally represented at all levels of the corporate ladder.

“Despite their growing presence among industry employees, according to 2011 BLS data, women only account for 6% of top executive positions and just over 12% of board seats in insurance,” says Heather Turner, writer at Insurance Business America. “But the Elite Women list proves that those statistics may soon be in the past. These 144 women have risen to the highest positions in the insurance industry – and now they’re making sure others join them.”

From CEOs of major corporations to innovative startup founders, these women collectively demonstrate that the insurance industry is no longer just a man’s world.

Press release