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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Entry Level

The Facts

Industry Statistics

Women outnumber men at entry-level positions* 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.


The Beginning

Founded in the UK
with 12 members



Launched in USA with Margaret Resce Milkint as Chair



Launched in Canada with help from ISC US members



Expansion of Advisory Board



Launch of Aspire Membership

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.


Provide a safe space for challenging conversations to happen.



Improve communication across the industry to reduce the seniority gap.



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


Business Insights

Give better access to industry knowledge to accelerate career progression.


Individual Memberships

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All Women in Insurance

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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Mid-level women

Coming Soon!

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Per month

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Female Executives


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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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

Ailsa King, Chief Client Officer, Marsh UK & Ireland

It has proved really impactful for both me and my highly talented colleagues, who have been nominated for the programme. During lockdown, they have gained so much from this programme and it is making a real immediate impact for both their individual career aspirations and us as an organisation.

Latifa Lam, Bessé

I was pleased to have been selected for the Next Generation Programme. I gained unique insights through open conversations, where all questions were relevant and welcome. I now feel empowered to continue to develop myself and explore opportunities for a successful career within insurance

Anne Charon, CEO A2C

The mentoring programme presents a great opportunity for talented insurance executives to exchange in all transparency and sincerity with more experienced executives... It’s a programme that generates strong bonds and reminds us that insurance is, above all, a people business.

ISC Canada Aspire Member, June 2020

" Some of the discussions I’ve had or speakers I’ve listened to have added perspective to my work life or personal life. Even small things like protecting your peace and tips to start your day, plan your day, hearing other successful and busy women and mothers is very helpful. "

Managing Director, June 2019

" [ISC Group] has given me more confidence in my daily working life and had a tangible impact on my career "

Client Executive

“ 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. "

Senior Claims Advisor

“ 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. "