NAAIA launched the second installment to its groundbreaking research on Blacks/African Americans in the insurance industry: “The Next Steps on the Journey: Has Anything Changed?” in 2023.

Through quantitative and personal insights from more than 650 professionals in the risk and insurance industry, the study sheds light on some of the strides the industry has made over the past five years, but also lays bare the opportunity-deficit Blacks/African Americans still face in the industry. For example:

  • 42% of respondents felt that their organizations had a high level of commitment to advancing DEI, a sharp increase from the first study.
  • Increased exposure from initiatives, specifically DEI-related training (57%), support for employee resource groups (35%) and mentorship programs (21%), have not translated to career advancement.
  • The insurance industry’s executive and management ranks do not reflect the increasingly diverse demographics of the US.

Click here to access the inaugural study from 2018.

Marsh McLennan, the world’s leading professional services firm in the areas of risk, strategy and people, supported the research.

NAAIA celebrates excellence in leadership among our membership. The four awards – Corporate Leader Award, Agent & Broker Award, Emerging Leader Award and our highest award, the Lifetime Achievement Award – are presented yearly to individuals who demonstrate influence and act as an example within the insurance industry and beyond.
NAAIA’s J.L. Tillman Endowed Scholarship awards scholarships to help African American students further their education in insurance, risk management, business, IT, actuarial science, finance or marketing.

The J.L. Tillman Endowed Scholarship was established by the NAAIA in honor of our founder, Jerald L. Tillman, a successful independent agent in Cincinnati, OH.

Mr. Tillman says, “NAAIA was created to encourage people of color to consider the many different career opportunities in the insurance industry. Our scholarship provides the industry another avenue to encourage our nation’s best and brightest to enter our great industry.”

Since its inception in 2013, the generous support of our Partners has allowed NAAIA to award $190,000 scholarships through the Dayton Foundation. Based on a record number of applications, NAAIA has increased the award amount from six to 10 $5,000 scholarships.

The National Talent Development Competition is a high-stakes showdown where college students, sponsored by NAAIA Partners, compete to see whose team will emerge victorious by presenting thought-provoking and innovative ideas. This dynamic event aims to develop the next generation of leaders and thinkers within the insurance industry. Every participating team receives recognition because, ultimately, it’s all about nurturing talent for the future. This competition is not just about winning; it’s about cultivating the leaders of tomorrow.

In partnership with Korn Ferry, NAAIA Partners nominate participants for this state-of-the-art cohort-based leadership program that features personalized career coaching, peer-to-peer learning, and access to a career-development platform.

This is a unique opportunity for NAAIA Partners to increase the number of Black agents with carrier appointments. NAAIA offers access to agent members, and Partners including Chubb and Selective provide essential training, licensing access, and continuing education.For more information or to become an affinity partner, reach out to Precious Norman Walton at

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