Top Women in Benefit Advising for 2020 named by Employee Benefit Adviser

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After a months-long process, the Employee Benefit Adviser editorial team selected 20 top women benefits advisers and consultants from peer nominations that highlighted the candidates’ outstanding professional track record and impact and service to the industry.

These professionals have a diverse portfolio of experience in healthcare, wellness and other voluntary benefits. As workplaces continue to adapt to the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, advisers need to think outside the box — our top advisers spoke to their passion for serving their clients and providing benefits and solutions that will positively impact their workforce. This inspiring group of women is also paving the way for the next generation of advisers through their passion and enthusiasm for mentoring and educating other young people and women in the field.

Throughout the weeks ahead, we will be highlighting their personal stories and professional accomplishments, as well as sharing their unique insight about being female in a male-dominated field.

Listed in alphabetical order below, here is this year’s list of Top Women in Advising:

Beverly Beattie, CEO and founder, Selden Beattie

Heather Bowers, benefits consultant, Lone Star Benefits

Danielle Capilla, director of compliance, employee benefits, Alera Group

Emma Fox, chief operating officer, E Powered Benefits

Erica Gaynor, account executive, Ollis/Akers/Arney Insurance & Business Advisors

Nancy Giacolone, president, Olympic Crest Insurance

Jamie Greenleaf, lead advisor/principal, Cafaro Greenleaf

Misty Guinn, director of benefits and wellness, human resources, Benefitfocus

Cristy Gupton, founder and president, Custom Benefits Solution

Ricki Hancart, account manager, Conner Insurance

Angela Kiani, area vice president, Gallagher

Jennifer Kinley, employee benefits director of client engagement, Propel Insurance

Michelle Milam, director of HR, compliance and technology division, Business Benefits Group

Rachel Miner, founder, Thrive Benefits

Nicole Negvesky, business development director, Baldwin Krystyn Sherman Partners

Kieran Pittman, director of strategic growth, BeniComp Health Solutions

Sally Prather, employee benefits practice leader, Alera Group

Aida Swanson, principal, Swanson Benefits Insurance Solution

Elizabeth Vaughan, area vice president, Gallagher

Jessica Walters, chief operating officer, Total Control Health Plans

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