For the first time ever, on April 19, 2022, the SLA partnered with the Excess Line Association of New York (ELANY)
to offer a continuing education course to the members of both associations!
This kind of unprecedented collaboration between two of the largest and most prominent leaders in the surplus line association world marked a historic moment, and for this first-ever collaborative CE course, ELANY and the SLA chose a topic of high importance
to their associations, the surplus lines industry, and our entire society: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI).
The webinar—“Diversity, Equity and Inclusion You Can Use—A Practical Approach”—discussed practical steps that insurance producers and professionals, both as managers and individuals, can implement to make
their organizations more diverse, equitable, and inclusive.
The SLA’s collaboration with ELANY, as with all of its outreach to its industry partners, was driven by the Board of Directors’ longstanding charge for the SLA to be a modern, credible leader in the surplus lines industry.
The SLA also has accepted the challenge from its board to be a leader on the important topic of DEI. This partnership was a big step forward on both of these charges.
It is important for the SLA to be not just a California leader, but a national leader as well. More than half of the SLA’s licensed members live and work outside California, and they can be found in almost every state. This new collaborative approach
has enabled the SLA to gain additional access to its members across the country, wherever they may be.
The SLA was pleased to partner with ELANY on this worthwhile project and thanks its executive director, Dan Maher, and his team for collaborating with the SLA on this historic partnership.