2017 Luncheon Agenda

Friday, September 29

10:00 a.m. Registration Opens at Gate 10
11:00 a.m.

Renee Murphy, Anchor and Investigative Reporter, WHAS-TV

Presentation - The WAHVE Story and Growing a Start Up
Sharon Emek, WAHVE

Audrey Allsopp, WLI
12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Lunch Buffet
1:15 p.m. Door Prize Drawings
Until Early Evening Networking and Horse Racing
2:43 p.m. Women Leaders in Insurance 15th Anniversary Classic (5th Race)

Featured Speaker - Sharon Emek

Sharon Emek is founder and CEO of Work At Home Vintage Experts LLC (WAHVE), an innovative talent solution that engages vintage professionals “phasing” into retirement who work from home for insurance firms. WAHVE’s vision is to transform how businesses, workers and society view retirement so that people, businesses and society benefit from longer productivity. Previously, Emek was a partner at CBS Coverage Group, Inc., a regional full service insurance agency. Prior to merging with CBS, she was founder and CEO of The Emek Group, an insurance agency she formed in 1988. Before opening her management and insurance consulting firm in 1984, she was a professor at Rutgers University.

Emek is considered an insurance industry leader and expert. She has written numerous articles which have been published in insurance industry periodicals, and she is a prolific public speaker on insurance and management issues. She has appeared on CNN, CNBC, CBS, and is often quoted in numerous national insurance and news periodicals. 

Emek has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the 2016 SmartCEO Brava Award honoring top female CEOs and the Vistage Leadership Legacy Award; Insurance Business America’s “Elite Women in Insurance” 2014, 2015 and 2016 and the 2015 “Hot 100” list; the first woman to receive the 1882 Fellow Award, the highest honor presented by IIABNY (2014); Outstanding Committee Chairperson Award from IIABNY (2008); the first woman to receive the Sidney O. Smith Government Affairs Award from the IIABA (2007); the Distinguished Service Award from IIABNY (2006); the Helen Garvin Outstanding Achiever Award from the NAIW (1999); and the National Promising Research Award for her doctoral research (1978).

Emek served on numerous boards including the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of New York, ACT (Agents Council for Technology), the Center for Women's Business Research, NYC Mayor's Small Business Advisory Board, IBM Small Business Research and Technology Advisory Council. Emek received her doctoral degree from Rutgers University (1977). She is the author of Answers for Managers.  
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