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  • Linda Cheng, SLA Finance Manager retires April 30, 2015

    May 01, 2015
    Linda Cheng headshotThe SLA would like to thank Linda Cheng for her 25 years of service to SLA and the broker community, and give her our best wishes on her retirement. 
  • SLA Partners With IICF for "Week of Giving"

    Oct 16, 2013

    SLA is partnering with the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) during that organization's annual Week of Giving, Oct. 12-19. As of today, 38 of SLA's 55 employees have signed up to work a half day at one of three local outlets that benefit the needy in the Bay Area. That figure represents 69% of SLA's staff. 

    On its website, IICF describes the event as follows:

    Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation's Week of Giving (formerly Volunteer Week) is an eight-day industry-wide volunteer event where teams of insurance industry volunteers provide three or more hours of volunteer service at neighborhood and community nonprofit organizations throughout the week. Since 2001, the insurance industry, working together, has generated over 166,000 hours of volunteer service, engaging thousands of volunteers in 36 states . . . . . and growing!

    SLA Executive Director Benjamin McKay, who recently joined the IICF's Western Division Board of Directors, is pleased with his staff's support of this event and sees SLA's involvement as a way to involve both the association and the industry in the community in a positive way. 

    "SLA strives to be a leader in our industry and our community, and one of the best ways to do this is to give back through participating in charitable and philanthropic efforts," McKay said. "We take our responsibility to our community very seriously, and we are glad to take part in IICF's national efforts to help those who are in need." 

    For more information about the Week of Giving, go to

  • Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) Women in Insurance Global Conference

    Aug 13, 2013
    Joy at IICF ConferenceSLA Director Joy Erven recently joined more than 425 professionals from eight nations at the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) Women in Insurance Global Conference in New York. The forum served as an opportunity for key female industry leaders to address the topic of gender diversity, a top priority both for IICF and SLA. The conference's key themes included the corporate value of women; work/life balance; and the rising millennial generation. The event's speakers also addressed the ongoing challenges and misconceptions women face in the workplace.