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WINDSOR, Conn., April 24, 2018 – LIMRA is now accepting nominations for its 2018 Innovation Rising Stars contest. The contest will recognize 10 professionals under 40 who demonstrate leadership and innovation within LIMRA member companies.

“Changes in demographics, technology and regulations continue to impact the financial services industry. Consumer expectations have evolved and companies need to find innovative ways to engage and delight their customers to compete in today’s marketplace,” said James Kerley, chief membership officer, LIMRA. “We are looking to recognize young leaders who have implemented new and creative business strategies at our member companies to help advance the industry.”

LIMRA established the Rising Stars program in 2016 as part of its 100th Anniversary celebration. This year LIMRA has updated the contest to increase competition among the industry’s best and brightest professionals under 40 who demonstrate excellence in each of the four categories (Distribution, Retirement, Innovation and Marketing & Communications).

To select the winners, a panel of judges will rate each nomination on a scale of 1 to 5; the 10 nominations with the highest scores will be the winners. As part of the judging process, LIMRA is requiring each submission to include three detailed examples of why the candidate exemplifies a LIMRA Rising Star.

Home office employees of LIMRA member companies who are under 40 years old and have demonstrated innovative thinking to solve today’s business challenges are eligible for this contest. Prior Rising Star winners are ineligible. All submissions should include a high-resolution photo (min 300 dpi). To nominate a leader, please visit our Rising Star Nomination Page, and fill out the form.

“Innovation doesn’t have one definition, but rather it is any new way of looking at and solving a problem. LIMRA is looking for motivated individuals who demonstrate smart and original ways to get their day-to-day jobs done,” said Kerley. “If this describes one your colleagues, I encourage you to nominate them.”

Deadline for nominations is May 25, 2018, at 5 pm EDT. To learn more about the program or view prior Rising Star winners, please visit LIMRA’s Rising Stars Program.


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