About Us

win-footer-logoWomen’s Insurance Network is a collection of online resources dedicated to helping women succeed in the insurance industry.  Whether a green newcomer or a seasoned veteran, producers will find great value in the the features, tips, information, polls and producer profiles.

Women’s Insurance Network is managed by Insurance Forums, a long-established “central water cooler” for insurance agents that prides itself on keeping a finger on the pulse of everything relevant to insurance agents.

Our Team

Emily Holbrook

Emily Holbrook,
W.I.N. Editor

Coordinating the content.

Emily Holbrook is a former Editor in Chief of National Underwriter Life & Health and Retirement Advisor magazine.

She has covered the financial, risk management and insurance industries for more than a decade, with her work appearing in Risk Management, National Law Review and Huffington Post.

Emily graduated with dual degrees in Finance and English and worked in the financial industry as a fixed income trading administrator and analyst before becoming a full-time writer and editor.

Brian Anderson,
Executive Editor

Sharing the knowledge.

Riding herd over 81,500 online discussions and original content, a more descriptive job title for Brian might be ringmaster.

With over fifteen years as an editor in the insurance profession, Brian has a talent for taming the daily deluge of industry information and distilling it into usable pieces of content.

Insurance professionals look to Brian and the Forums for engaging and insightful ideas, trends, and product information that will help grow their business and sales success.

Sam Melamed,

Building it because there is a need.

Having been an independent insurance producer, Sam knows how important community is for helping individuals succeed in the insurance profession.

With only news journals in the market, Sam took it upon himself to build what was needed – a platform for open dialog, a place for sharing success stories and finding resources for growing a book of business.

By identifying a real need, hundreds of thousands of insurance producers have come together, organically growing the site into the largest online insurance community. To this day, Sam continues to be an integral part of the forums and our LinkedIn group

Pam Sheehan,
Senior VP

Connecting the dots.

Pam’s immediate reaction to the concept of Insurance Forums was to begin connecting the dots, the people, the platform, the offerings and the words to form our little community of workers.

With extensive experience in marketing and monetizing of print and digital publishing, she saw the forum platform and its social attributes as the future of digital media.

Her involvement continues to be seen in our marketing, as well as our ongoing efforts to connect insurance professionals with the businesses supporting the market.

Mary Bryant,
VP Client Services

A passion for people.

You hear it in her voice and see it in her enthusiasm for our clients’ campaigns. Okay, maybe a little Red Bull helps to fuel her high energy level, but Mary brings an unmatched dedication to supporting our clients and their campaigns.

With over six years in client servicing and digital technology, Mary is the backbone of the community spirit you feel when working with Insurance Forums.

She is here to help with messaging, production, campaign optimization and post analytics.

Kara Day,
Director of Client Campaigns

Navigating success.

From creating timelines to assembling campaign analytics, Kara is following the details.

Like an air traffic controller, Kara juggles a lot of items in our air space – advertising platforms, email services, social media messaging, and content marketing.

With her calm demeanor, she has a talent for keeping all details in line and a focus for flawless campaign launches and execution.

Justin Blase,
Director of Digital Strategy

Thinking outside the box.

As an early adopter of digital marketing technologies, Justin continues to grow Insurance Forums outside the box.

From lead generation to search engine optimization to retargeting and marketing automation, Justin works with clients to maximize exposure within the insurance industry.

Combining critical thinking with digital technology and marketing expertise, Justin boldly goes where no one else has gone before to reach the insurance professionals.

Valdet Shehu,

All things technical.

As our technical wizard, Val keeps us posting, clicking, downloading and connecting with speed and ease.

Armed with master’s degree in Computer Science and orchestrating the flow of over one million messages through the site, as well as videos airing, ads rotating and emails blasting, Val is the mojo behind the machine.