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December 03
​Alliant’s Kelley Bernal is a Business Insurance Woman to Watch

Earthquake insurance expert named among the industry’s leading women on the strength of her leadership of SIU division

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Kelley Bernal, Senior Vice President within Alliant’s SIU division, has been honored as one of 2018’s Women to Watch by Business Insurance. A proven underwriter and earthquake insurance expert, Bernal was honored on the strength of her visionary leadership both as the Director of SIU and among young and emerging insurance professionals.

“Kelley has the remarkable ability to motivate, teach, and inspire people to greater heights,” said Sean McConlogue, President, Alliant Underwriting Solutions. “Her unwavering commitment to achieving excellent results and passion for making a positive impact on those around her make Kelley one of the most effective leaders in earthquake insurance and in the industry at large.”

Bernal oversees a 17-member team at SIU that provides difference in conditions (DIC) and earthquake solutions to wholesale brokers nationwide while managing her own large book of business. Since joining the team this year, Bernal has already made a significant impact on the business via an increase in new business, improved renewal retention, and an uptick in the team’s hit ratio.

Over a rewarding 17-year career in underwriting, Bernal has emerged as one of California’s most informed and innovative earthquake insurance experts, with strong ties to the wholesale brokerage and carrier communities.

Bernal has also made a significant impact on the next generation of insurance leaders as a founding member of Emerging Insurance Professionals, an organization that brings together professionals with less than 10 years of industry experience for networking and career advancement. Additionally, she is a current advisor to the Latina Global Executive Leadership Program hosted by the USC Marshall School of Business, a program that prepares Latina professionals to become leaders of organizations and to embark on paths of personal leadership development.

Bernal joins a growing contingency of Women to Watch honorees at Alliant that includes Brenna Melvin, Donna Hodges, Diana Kiehl, Reshma Dalia, and Susanne Murray.

Business Insurance’s Women to Watch program spotlights 25 women who have demonstrated outstanding work in commercial insurance, reinsurance, risk management, employee benefits, and related fields. Winners are selected by a panel of senior editors at the publication according to various criteria, including recent professional achievements, influence on the marketplace, and contributions in the advancement of women in business.