Now in its 11th year, Business Insurance's Women to Watch Awards & Leadership Conference is the only recognition program that celebrates leading women from every facet of the commercial insurance industry.

The program was created in 2006 to recognize leading women in commercial insurance, risk management, employee benefits and related fields such as consulting and law. A professional development and networking conference was added to the program in 2011 to address the need for greater gender diversity by illustrating how heterogeneous leadership teams can enhance a company's profitability and elevate its brand profile.

Honorees are nominated by Business Insurance readers and selected by a panel of Business Insurance editors based on a four criteria: recent professional accomplishments, expertise, leadership and future career prospects.

Several past honorees, along with other insurance industry leadership, provide input in developing the annual conference. This year's Women to Watch Leadership Conference Advisory Board is comprised of:

Elaine Caprio, President, Caprio Consulting L.L.C. (2007 honoree)
Pam Carpenter, Chief Operating Officer, National Accounts, Travelers Corp. (2006 honoree)
Yvette Connor, Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal (2014 honoree)
Grace Crickette, Interim AVP, Operations, University of San Francisco (2011 honoree)
Brian Duperreault, CEO, The Hamilton Group
Artemis Emslie, President, myMatrixx (2015 honoree)
Kimberly George, Senior Vice President, Sedgwick (2011 honoree)
Carolina Klint, Regional President, Southwest, American International Group Inc. (2013 honoree)
Brian Little, Head of HR, Zurich North America
David North, CEO, Sedgwick
Nancy Mellard, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, CBIZ (2006 honoree)
Janet Pane, Managing Director, Willis Towers Watson (2012 honoree)
Lori Seidenberg, CEO, P.O.C. (2015 honoree)
Mark Walls, Vice President, Communications and Strategic Analysis, Safety National
Soraya Wright, VP, Enterprise Risk Management, Target (2015 honoree)
Kristine Meuse, Senior VP, Wells Fargo Insurance Services, 2015 honoree