Our Story

Where we started to where we are now.

ISC Group is a global business community, founded by Barbara Schonhofer, that provides personal, professional and business development for women in insurance.

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The Facts

Industry Statistics

At a basic level, women are only slightly behind, but representation decreases significantly in more senior roles*

The lack of women in leadership positions can inhibit the ambition of others, perpetuating the problem.

Our History

We initially launched as a network for senior women in the UK but quickly developed into a global business community uniting women across the world. It is this global experience that we built our four key pillars on.

2008

The Beginning

Founded by Barbara Schonhofer in the UK with 12 members

2012

Development

Launched in Switzerland

2018

Expansion

Launched in Canada,
France, Ireland and
Bermuda

2020

Growth

Launch of pilot Aspire programme and appointment of Jutta Kath as Chair

2021

Present

100+ members, 2 events a year

How we help you.

At the heart of our community is a membership hub, a global network committed to improving access, development, and retention across the insurance industry.

Our company packages bring fresh insight and support to businesses through the latest DE&I thinking and strategies. Whilst our tailored individual memberships equip women with the resources proven to accelerate career progression.

Start your journey today by becoming a company or individual member of ISC Group.
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Our Holistic Programme

Throughout the past twelve years, we have identified four key pillars that, in conjunction, have proven to accelerate women in the workplace at any stage in their career.
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Networking

Provide a safe space for challenging conversations to happen.

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Mentoring

Improve communication across the industry to reduce the seniority gap.

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Coaching

Stimulate internal and external self-awareness around behaviours in business.

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Business Insights

Give better access to industry knowledge to accelerate career progression.

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Individual Memberships

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All Women in Insurance
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On Demand

Keynote interviews or panel discussions on a variety of topical subjects. All are recorded and stored in the online hub for members to access.

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Global Networking

Opportunities for members to network with other women in insurance around the world. These sessions are facilitated by members from the ISC Community.

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Community Working Groups

Led by our members, we are committed to supporting broader society and getting the insurance industry behind some of the ongoing initiatives and charitable organisations available.

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Women seeking management positions

Coming Soon!

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€22

Per month

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Mid-level women
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Coaching

60min coaching-led session which offer a rare opportunity for Aspire Members to work on their career goals and meet a small group of peers in a safe, non-judgemental environment.

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Mentoring

Our informal mentoring programme will give Aspire Members access to a diverse range of our Executive members throughout the year to seek career guidance and advice.

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Business Insights

An opportunity to meet with Business Leaders in the industry and gain their insights about the upcoming industry challenges and how leaders plan to overcome these.

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€30

Per month

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Female Executives
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Coaching

60-90 minutes roundtables led by executive coaches offering an opportunity for our Executive members to explore their own leadership style and analyse, with peers in the market, how they can be better leaders going forward.

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Mentoring

For these sessions we invite existing Non-Executive Directors and Chairmen in to share their personal experiences with our members and transfer any learning they have gained along the way.

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Business Insights

Access to thought leadership around future risks. Intimate, Chatham House rule, business discussions with industry experts moderated and facilitated by ISC Board Members or Ambassadors.

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What Our Members Say

“ I have been so thoroughly impressed with the engagement and lengths the ISC has gone to throughout the COVID situation to keep us engaged. The variety of topics and growth opportunities and diversity of approach has been fantastic and engaging. "
Client Executive
“ For me, I can say that being part of the ISC community has given me the confidence to speak out and stand up for my core values of equality and inclusion for everyone. "
Senior Claims Advisor