Viner’s Vision Honored with Award at GAMA LAMP Meeting

Falls Church, VA (March 21, 2018) - Emily Viner, Vice President, Agency Growth and Leadership Development, was presented with the inaugural Visionary Award at GAMA’s annual Leadership and Management Program (LAMP) meeting March 12 in Nashville, TN.

Bonnie Godsman, GAMA International’s Chief Executive Officer, and Guardian’s Shane Shinn, Regional Director, Agency Growth & Development, presented Emily with the Visionary Award. Traditionally, industry awards are based on commission, production totals, and recruiting numbers – all relevant measurements for the insurance business. But this award is all about vision: Emily’s early and consistent advocacy for more women in sales and sales leadership roles.

“You, Emily, have beat the drum and have fueled a movement about recognizing the importance, value and need for women and a conversation about gender to be had inside this profession – at all levels,” Godsman said. “You had a vision, found a passion and made a very conscious choice that THIS was important for every person to understand, for every person to care about and you took a sometimes-uncomfortable conversation and you brought it to the table, over and over, with grit, grace and urgency.”

Within the industry, women still represent only 22 percent of the sales force, and achieving long-term healthy growth in that area will require a continued, consistent focus. A 2017 study suggests that Emily’s leadership is paying off, however, as 70 percent of Guardian women advisors and 73 percent of Guardian men advisors report feeling supported in their roles as compared to 30 percent of women and 65 percent of men at other companies.

“What I respect most about Emily is that she’s here to advocate for our distribution system as a whole and – in order to do that effectively – it has to include women,” says Leyla Lesina, Senior Vice President, Head of Agency Distribution. “There’s no way that we’ll be relevant and successful in the future without women thriving within the Guardian Network and our agency system. She’s not advocating at the expense of anyone else. She’s advocating for the evolution of our distribution system to stay relevant and to serve our markets, and this award validates those efforts.”

GAMA International is dedicated to securing financial futures through excellence in leadership, promoting the professional development needs and leadership skills of first-line and front-line leaders in the insurance, investment, and financial services industry. LAMP is the industry’s premier annual meeting, with more than 2,500 field leaders and industry executives representing more than 50 insurance, investment, and financial services companies from around the world connecting with colleagues and learning from the industry’s best and brightest.

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GAMA International is an independent national nonprofit organization 501(c) (6), founded more than 60 years ago. GAMA International is the only association dedicated to promoting the professional development needs and leadership skills of first-line and front-line leaders in the insurance, investment, and financial services industry.