The Insurance Supper Club | A business action group of Women in the Insurance Industry The Insurance Supper Club

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The Insurance Supper Club (ISC) is an international network of senior women operating in or involved with the insurance industry. ISC provides a forum for women to engage with like-minded colleagues and support one another in business, whilst also addressing a much needed cultural change in the industry.

About Us

Barbara Schönhofer founded The Insurance Supper Club (ISC) to embrace senior women in the workplace and provide a trusted environment where they could meet, network and debate business related issues while seeking to inspire the next generation of leaders in the industry and the community as a whole.

In 2008 the ISC hosted it’s first forum, a small private dinner of 10-12 women in a London restaurant funded by participants. This proved very successful and within a year founding members were sponsoring quarterly events, mainly in their corporate facilities, which was accepted with wide enthusiasm.

As the success of ISC grew, annual dinners and cocktail networking and/or pipeline events were introduced in the UK, and smaller roundtable dinners introduced across Europe and the US. These events have been sponsored by a wide variety of the biggest companies in the industry.

Over the past 10 years, ISC has grow exponentially with the continued
support from some of the most influential female leaders in the insurance
industry. By 2015 ISC had:

  • Formed a Charter
  • Registered as a not for profit Community Interest Company (CIC)
  • Appointed a global management committee

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Our Events

We hold a number of events during the year. As well as the main annual events  and cocktail parties there are smaller events that focus on a particular business issue. These focused events include a key speaker and are usually in a “round table” format. Events are held globally and most recently have been held in the UK, U.S.A., Canada and Switzerland. ISC are hosting their first events in Hong Kong and India in October, in collaboration with HeforShe, DiveIn and the CII.

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Insuring Women’s Futures

Insuring Women’s Futures (IWF) is a programme established by the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), aimed at promoting and enhancing the insurance sector’s role in relation to Women & Risk.

Last year the ISC affiliated with the Chartered Insurance Institute’s Insuring Women’s Futures (IWF) programme. Barbara sits on the IWF committee and leads the Careers in Risk part of the IWF programme.

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“You have done a monumental job taking the Insurance Supper Club from informal round table discussions to something truly important in the lives of professional women in the market. Every young woman attending your events is left wanting more and looking to you for more support and inspiration which you clearly provide. Both my guests are keen not only to attend further events but getting involved in the event[s] you need more volunteers”

ISC Member, May 2017