Introducing the 2021
IICF Inclusion Champions


Dawnmarie is the Head of US Broker Practice for the Lloyd’s Corporation, responsible for market development activities and key account management for Global and US brokers. Dawnmarie has worked as both a broker and an underwriter and spent her whole career in the insurance industry- over 25 years.  She has previously held senior leadership roles with BMS Group, Ascot, Aon Benfield, AIG, and Chubb.

Dawnmarie has her Bachelor of Arts degree from Allegheny College, where she majored in English Literature.  She is a current board member of APIW and IRUA. She is actively involved in philanthropic efforts (5x Covenant House Sleep-Out veteran), has traveled 2x to La Alianza in Guatemala, and is currently the Chair of the IICF Boston Board. She also volunteers delivering Meals for Meals on Wheels, and works with the Clarina Howard House (domestic violence shelter) locally. Dawnmarie has been a member of the Latin America Development Board for Covenant House since 2020.  She loves fly-fishing, skiing, hiking, and has successfully gone sky diving once.

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Dawnmarie Black
Head of US Broker Practice
Lloyd's America

Catherine (Cathy) Duffy serves as AIG’s Country Leader of Bermuda. She leads local operations, including a cross-functional team, and drives the achievement of AIG’s strategic objectives in Bermuda. Cathy is the “face of AIG” within Bermuda for customers, brokers, reinsurers, and others. She also coordinates with North American product leaders to provide direction to local underwriting teams. She chairs various AIG Bermuda Boards as well as sits on boards for various AIG Bermuda affiliates.

Cathy is a veteran of the Bermuda International Insurance Industry with experience across many aspects of the industry. She was the first Bermudian woman to gain her CPCU and the author of the first comprehensive book tracing the historical development of the International Insurance Industry, Held Captive - A History of International Insurance in Bermuda.

Beyond her professional responsibilities, she has been a civic and community leader, including serving as the only female commissioner of the SAGE Commission, a Bermuda Public Service Commissioner, and other service roles over the years. 

Cathy earned a Bachelor Business Administration in Insurance from Howard University. She has completed executive management programs through Harvard, INSEAD, MIT and Wharton.   In 2019 Cathy completed the Fellow’s program for the International Women’s Forum (IWF).  She is now an IWF member in the Bermuda chapter. She has also completed the AIG Women’s Executive Leadership Initiative (WELI) Program (Class of 2020). Cathy has been accepted in the Yale Women on Boards Program with the plan to complete in 2021.

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Catherine Duffy
Country Leader of Bermuda

The 2021 IICF Inclusion Champions will be honored during the IICF International Inclusion in Insurance Forum on June 17, 2021

This prestigious award honors the extraordinary contributions of insurance industry professionals working to advance inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility within the industry and communities at large.

Please read the details about our remarkable 2021 honorees, Dawnmarie Black and Catherine Duffy, in the IICF press release.

The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) celebrates greater diversity and inclusion at all levels within the insurance industry. With our Inclusion Champion Award, we recognize leaders who are personally and visibly committed to inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility and who embrace diversity of all kinds.

Qualities of an Inclusion Champion

Someone who is a mentor and sponsor, develops talent and influences others in their organization to advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion.

Someone who champions all forms of inclusion and diversity in the workplace.

Someone who is also personally committed to community service.