ALBANY, NY (11/20/2017) (readMedia)-- Women in Insurance & Financial Services honored several women at its annual awards ceremony on October 25 in Minneapolis.

The following awards were presented:


This is the highest level of recognition a WIFS member can receive from her peers. It honors an individual who has gone above and beyond to support WIFS and the insurance and financial services industry. The 2017 recipient is Susan Combs, president of Combs & Company.

Susan has been a longtime promoter and encourager of women in the insurance and financial services profession. She has given more than a decade of service to WIFS, including serving as national president in 2015. She is an active participant in the WIFS mentorship program, instructing mentees how to set themselves up for success by building industry relationships, being strategic in business communications and achieving their career goals.

Susan's nomination cited her long-term dedication to supporting women by sharing her time, talent and insights freely. She leverages her personal success to grow and promote other women within her agency. She remains dedicated to moving the industry forward through advancing young professionals by serving as a role model. She also gives back to the community by participating in the Corporate Wellness Advisory Board for the NYC Department of Health, the National Committee of Mizzou Women Give, and is a Griffiths Society Mentor.


The Chapter of the Year award recognizes the chapter that excels in the areas of membership, governance, planning, programs and engagement. The 2017 Chapter of the Year is the Gold Coast Chapter. All present chapter members, outfitted in custom matching T-shirts, accepted the award on behalf of the Gold Coast board and membership.


Eighty years strong, Women in Insurance & Financial Services, headquartered in Albany, NY, is the only organization in the insurance and financial services industry exclusively devoted to supporting women and helping them succeed. The WIFS mission is to attract, develop and advance the careers of women in the insurance and financial services profession.

More than 1,300 WIFS members receive value from monthly education programs, local chapters in more than 22 US markets, an annual national conference, professional development and corporate partnerships.

For more information about WIFS and upcoming programs, visit www.wifsnational.org or contact Deborah Duffy, executive director, at 866-264-WIFS (9437).