Diversity & Inclusion

Ensuring a more diverse & inclusive IA system

OIA is striving to make a difference in the industry, and we are committed to ensuring the independent agency system embraces diversity and inclusion as well as reflects the demographics of our state.

Recent OIA activities and initiatives on Diversity & Inclusion

D&I Advocacy in Action: OIA’s letter to the Ohio Department of Insurance requesting the collection of racial and ethnic demographic information


2020 OIA Citation Award Winner: Whitnee Dillard, Director of Diversity & Inclusion at IIABA



We’ve compiled an ever-growing library of resources to help you and your agency develop a more diverse and inclusive environment!

Events & Webinars

On the heels of our recent DEI Dialogue Discussion, we are excited to launch the DEI Advisory Council. Interested in joining the conversation on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, at 3 p.m. or being a part of the council? Contact Jody Geiger to learn more.

Learn more

Join OIA’s Jodie Shaw as she hosts two HR experts: Kathleen Ranahan from Ranahan Consulting, and Heather Slusser from Arlington/Roe. They will discuss hiring processes, how to properly onboard and train new and experienced staff, as well as resources available to you!


Join OIA’s Ashley Riley and Jeff Smith as they host three incredible female leaders in the industry. They’ll discuss some of the diversity and inclusion challenges in the IA system, and hopefully, share some priceless hacks to keep your masked-little face above water!


Join us as we explore ways to improve diversity and inclusion efforts in our industry and the significance it can provide to your agency. We welcome experts on the subject, Tesha Nesbit from Erie and Pat Myers from Safeco Insurance as they provide us insights to get started!


Get Involved

OIA Foundation: Scholarship opportunities available for D&I events and activities. Apply here.


OIA Diversity & Inclusion Committee: Contact Ashley Fitzsimmons to get involved. Email her.


Liberty Mutual / Safeco
Digital e-book on The Agent's Guide to the Future of Work
BIG I Diversity
Grow Your Business Through Diversity and Inclusion
Employee Resource Groups advancing diversity and inclusion

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