Diversity & Inclusion Team
What we stand for
The mission of the PRMA Diversity & Inclusion Team is to champion advocacy for diversity, equity, and inclusion within the high-net-worth insurance community and all communities that we serve. Through an active and inclusive membership, we will look to recruit, develop, and advocate for diverse voices to educate and engage high net worth individuals on the value of personal risk management.
Our vision is a welcoming, multicultural, and inclusive community of insurance professionals that encourages, supports, and celebrates diversity within the high net worth risk management and insurance community.
- Widen the net for recruiting from educational institutions in (or with) diverse communities.
- Develop diverse leaders and professionals through mentorship, sponsorship, and training opportunities.
- Raise awareness of and reduce the effects of unconscious bias through education and inclusive practices.
- Market to diverse communities through agency development and risk management education.
- Measure and develop benchmarks for diversity and inclusion in recruitment, training, promotion, and leadership representation within the industry.
- Advocate for "allyship" in the workplace.
- Be intentional about the inclusion of diverse members in the PRMA curriculum delivery, committees, and boar
Meet Our Co-Chairs:
LaTanya Simmons, CPCU, CPRIA
VP, Private Risk Advisor
Aon Private Risk Management
As the VP, Private Risk Advisor for the Atlanta office of Aon Private Risk Management (APRM), LaTanya is responsible for the GA and markets and acts as the dedicated contact for other advisors and firms who deliver value to affluent individuals. Through her extensive knowledge and broad insurance industry experience as an Adjuster, Underwriter, Account Executive, Consultant, and currently as a Private Risk Advisor, LaTanya is involved with the development of APRM’s relationships with financial advisors and family offices. LaTanya also serves as the conduit to AON Lifestyle specialists who bring niche expertise in the areas of fine art, collections, farm and ranch, aviation, and yacht. LaTanya joined APRM two years ago and has spent the last twenty-three years focusing exclusively on the personal lines insurance marketplace. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Spelman College in Economics.
Why LaTanya is Co-Chairing the PRMA Diversity & Inclusion Team:
“I view working with the Diversity and Inclusion Team as an opportunity to serve within the industry that I know and love to honor those who have come before me, create avenues for my current peers, and clear paths for those coming after me. The committee has been a way to not just revert to business as usual after this summer's unrest and call for social change and justice. I strongly believe in the risk management industry's ability to affect positive change in ALL people's lives and my hope is that through the committee’s work that we would emerge with a sense of actionable purpose to be better, stronger, and most importantly to stand together.”
AVP Regional Underwriting Manager
AIG Private Client Group
As the AVP Regional Underwriting Manager for Private Client Group in the Midwest region, Deon ensures that AIG clients have the best coverage for their complex insurance needs across the region. Deon is responsible for leading and developing a team of underwriters and the profitability and growth of the Midwest region. Deon joined Private Client Group in 2005 and has spent the last 15 years making his mark on this industry with his keen sense of underwriting acumen. Deon began his insurance career in1997as an Auto Underwriter/Team Leader for State Farm Insurance Companies in Bloomington, IL. Deon received a Bachelor of Science degree from Illinois Wesleyan University in Business Administration.
Why Deon is Co-Chairing the PRMA Diversity & Inclusion Team:
“Being in the High Net Worth underwriting space for over 20 years, I’ve noticed an underrepresentation of Persons of Color within our industry – from a carrier and broker perspective, alike. I strive to be a conduit of change and I hope that my involvement with PRMA and the Diversity & Inclusion Team can open doors for people that look like me…to let them know that this is a space for them to have a fulfilling and thriving career.”