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Zurich North America joins Ellevate Network to expand professional development resources for Zurich employees

Zurich North America has joined the Ellevate Network, a leading network for professional women. The move expands the professional development resources available to Zurich employees through the global insurer’s Women’s Innovation Network (WIN), a Zurich employee resource group. Open to all employees, WIN aims to support gender equity at Zurich by providing a professional network for inspiration, development and connecting with colleagues.

The move is aligned with Zurich’s position that diversity and inclusion is vital to its business. The company is committed to creating a workplace environment that nurtures its people and sees the value that diverse and inclusive teams bring to its organization and the insurance industry.

“Zurich’s collaboration with Ellevate is part of our commitment to help Zurich employees reach their full potential,” said Lori Bailey, Head of WIN, North America and Global Head of Cyber Risk for Zurich Insurance. “We view this as a fantastic opportunity to further develop the leadership skills of our employees and to share these skills within the Zurich network.”

“We're thrilled to be working with Zurich North America and WIN,” said Ellevate Network CEO Kristy Wallace. “We believe that engaging employees with the professional development resources Ellevate provides fosters a culture of diversity and inclusion and ultimately leads to greater innovation. It’s a pleasure to collaborate with a company that cares about their employees and believes in cultivating those employees' potential.”

As part of the new relationship with Ellevate, Zurich has initially chosen 50 employees to receive a Zurich-funded Ellevate membership. The 50 employees were chosen in recognition of their contributions to WIN, as well as to Zurich. The benefits of this membership include but are not limited to:

  • Local Networking Events including workshops to develop leadership, management, and business skills as well as mentoring meet-ups with women to share experiences and advice;
  • Professional Development Resource Library with access to articles, webinars, podcasts, videos, and livestream events;
  • Intentional Networking with like-minded women at the same stage of their career and customized by industry, affinity group, location, school, company and job. In addition, each will have the ability to join a “squad” which is a mastermind group of women at the same stage of their career; and
  • Thought Leadership including learning how to position oneself as a thought leader by writing articles for Ellevate or other publications.

In addition to providing memberships for 50 employees, the Ellevate Network provides a number of resources for all Zurich employees. Various webcasts and in-person events and programs will be open to all employees to attend, helping foster further inclusion and development.

WIN is focused on creating insights into business success while providing networking opportunities with accomplished colleagues and industry experts. While women are the main audience, men are also welcome to get involved, as many issues affect both. The group is open to all current Zurich employees. Zurich’s WIN has membership at our Corporate Center in Zurich, Switzerland, in more than 40 locations across North America, and in over 25 countries around the world. WIN events often offer live online participation from Zurich offices across North America.

About Zurich
Zurich Insurance Group (Zurich) is a leading multi-line insurer that serves its customers in global and local markets. With about 53,000 employees, it provides a wide range of property and casualty, and life insurance products and services in more than 210 countries and territories. Zurich’s customers include individuals, small businesses, and mid-sized and large companies, as well as multinational corporations. The Group is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, where it was founded in 1872. The holding company, Zurich Insurance Group Ltd (ZURN), is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and has a level I American Depositary Receipt (ZURVY) program, which is traded over-the-counter on OTCQX. Further information about Zurich is available at http://www.zurich.com.

In North America, Zurich is a leading commercial property-casualty insurance provider serving the global corporate, large corporate, middle market, specialties and programs sectors through the individual member companies of Zurich in North America, including Zurich American Insurance Company. Life insurance and disability coverage issued in the United States in all states except New York is issued by Zurich American Life Insurance Company, an Illinois domestic life insurance company. In New York, life insurance and disability coverage is issued by Zurich American Life Insurance Company of New York, a New York domestic life insurance company. For more information about the products and services it offers and people Zurich employs around the world go to http://www.zurichna.com. 2012 marked Zurich's 100-year anniversary of insuring America and the success of its customers, shareholders and employees.

About Ellevate Network
Ellevate Network is a global network of professional women committed to elevating each other through education, inspiration, and opportunity. Our mission is to close the gender achievement gap in business by providing women with a community to lean on and learn from. Ellevate also works with companies committed to gender diversity and has a proven track record of changing business culture from the inside out.

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