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Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion have long been part of Risk Strategies’ core values. The Risk Strategies family is committed to setting the right example in our industry, internally and externally, and mindful that everyday actions matter.

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

At Risk Strategies, we believe that each of us individually and our team collectively, has the responsibility to create and sustain an inclusive, productive and rewarding culture that is committed to:

  • Promoting genuine collaboration.
  • Putting our collective best foot forward to create meaningful solutions for clients.
  • Working every day to deliver a workplace where our employees are valued.
  • Not tolerating harassment, racism or discrimination of any kind.
  • Continuing to come together, to respect each other, and to value each other.

Together, Risk Strategies Employees will:

Acknowledge, promote and celebrate the talents and backgrounds that each of us brings to the table, and stand firm in our commitment to foster an environment where every employee is supported and encouraged to become the best version of themselves each day.

Our Employee Handbook specifies the policies and practices of Risk Strategies. The following excerpts outline our corporate commitments to diversity, equality & inclusion:

Equal Employment Opportunity

The Company is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against employees or job applicants on the basis of race, color, sex, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, creed, national origin, disability, military, veteran, family, or domestic violence victim status, reproductive health decisions, predisposing genetic characteristics or information or any other status or condition protected by applicable local, state or federal laws, except where a bona fide occupational qualification applies.

Open Door Policy

The Company recognizes that employees are valued and that open communication with employees within an atmosphere of mutual trust is of prime importance.

Disability Accommodations Policy

The Company complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as amended by the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), and all applicable state and local fair employment practices and laws, and is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to qualified individuals with disabilities.

Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy

The Company is committed to providing a productive and safe work environment free from unlawful harassment (including sexual harassment) and discrimination based on actual or perceived protected characteristics and retaliation. In keeping with this commitment, all employees are responsible for ensuring that the workplace is free from harassment and discrimination based on any protected characteristics and retaliation.

Anti-Retaliation Policy

The Company strictly prohibits and does not tolerate unlawful retaliation against any employee.

While diversity and inclusion has long been part of Risk Strategies’ core values, we realize that we need to do more. Our CEO, CHRO and senior leaders are committed to doing more to support diversity and inclusion, and foster change through the power of our employees and support of a D&I Council, Women’s Roundtables, and ongoing employee dialogue in Town Halls. We also conducted an employee survey to gather feedback and thoughts on priorities as well as initiatives the company could undertake to strengthen our commitment to D&I.

It is critical that we affect change together and in the summer 2020, we announced a D&I Council.

Our D&I Council

The Council’s purpose is to ensure that we take steps to advance our dialogue and actions around diversity and inclusion. The Council is comprised of employees that will act on behalf of the company to manage diversity and inclusion initiatives. Membership will rotate to ensure employee voices are heard across all regions and segments of the company, and to allow a continuous flow of innovative and diverse ideas.

Women’s Roundtable

Also in 2020, Risk Strategies hosted its first Women’s Roundtable, as a commitment to further support women and diversity in the workplace. A group of women across the organization came together at our national sales conference to drive a critical dialogue and hear each other’s perspectives on how to better attract, support, retain, develop and promote diverse talent.

Our Progress

We are committed to diversity and inclusion in the Risk Strategies family. We will continue to set the right example for ourselves both internally and externally in our industry and encourage all employees to be reminded that their everyday actions matter.

Our Future

We are firmly committed to our future, and will continue our diversity and inclusion journey to ensure our employees and actions are representative of the world we live in.

Industry Recognition

We are honored to have been recognized the past three years by Business Insurance as a Best Place to Work in Insurance.

Diverse Workforce

We are proud to be a diverse workforce. Our employee population is comprised of 61% female/39% male and women comprise 55% of our C-Suite positions.

Risk Strategies believes words alone are not enough to ensure the success of diversity and inclusion in our work places. We are committed to being active and visible in the communities we serve, materially supporting efforts striving to ensure that the goals of diversity and inclusion are understood and embraced by both employers and employees.

These are just some of the community efforts Risk Strategies has supported.

Being a diverse and inclusive employer requires commitment. When a company is committed to diversity and inclusion, it shows.

Each year, Business Insurance magazine anonymously surveys the workforce of companies seeking to be named one of the Best Places to Work in Insurance. The survey goes in depth, seeking candid assessments and insights, from the employees perspective, on the company’s culture and climate. The responses are ranked and scored. Companies whose employees aren’t motivated to respond in high enough percentage are disqualified. If employee responses are tepid or negative, the company doesn’t make the list.

For three consecutive years Risk Strategies has made the cut and been named one of the Best Places to Work in Insurance by Business Insurance Magazine. Click here to read why.

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Donovan E. Nowell

Leadership Profile

Donovan E. Nowell

Chair Diversity & Inclusion Risk Strategies

In addition to co-leading Risk Strategies’ National Management Liability Practice, Donovan is the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Council Chairperson. In this role he is responsible for partnering with Council members and Regional Committees to ensure D&I and its importance to the overall culture and business strategy at Risk Strategies is promoted. The partnership includes making recommendations and working  closely with the Executive Committee to further D&I efforts, including identifying needs, reporting on progress of initiatives across the firm, and helping to institutionalize human capital practices that support and accelerate D&I goals.

An insurance industry leader in global Financial Lines with over 20 years of experience, Donovan has held D&I leadership positions at a number of firms, including Chair of D&I Beazley USA, Member of Global Executive D&I for Beazley, Mentor for Woman of Willis and the Founder of Autumn Network.

Donovan has a Bachelor of Communication from the University of California at San Diego