In 1938, Elsie B. Mayer and C. Bertha Rachofsky joined with nine other Denver insurance women to form an organization for educational purposes. To launch the organization they had to:
1. Solicit prospective members
2. Convince employers of the non-union nature of the association.
The first meetings were devoted to insurance education and discussion of a national organization. Because of the favorable response to the local group in Denver, Elsie and Bertha began to investigate the possibility of a national association. The organizational meeting was announced in “National Underwriter” magazine and all insurance groups were invited to send representatives. The organizational meeting was held June 21–23, 1940, at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Denver. Elsie was appointed general chairman. Sixty-five delegates attended representing 19 groups from Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington. Total registration was 187. The meeting resulted in the formation of the National Association of Insurance Women. To recognize the Canadian members, the word International was added to the official name in 1967. In 2011, the trade name, International Association of Insurance Professionals (IAIP) was adopted to remove gender from the name and better recognize the diversified membership.
The association was originally organized with 17 groups representing 2,000 members. The constitution and bylaws were adopted, as well as the creed: “Fellowship-Loyalty-Education”.
Insurance Professionals serves its members by providing professional education, an environment in which to build business alliances and the opportunity to make ...connections with people of differing career paths and levels of experience within the insurance industry.
Membership is open to all professionals in the insurance and risk management industries who strive for and practice professionalism, regardless of their career level.
We foster and encourage diversity, offering a network for members in all career categories, all lines of insurance and all cultural and diverse backgrounds.
We promote mentoring, acceptance of change, personal growth and flexibility of participation.
The governance and the operational management exist to enable the association to carry out its mission.
Membership – We will promote membership with diversity by career levels and functions.
Education – We will have education programs developed and delivered at various levels of learning in multiple fashions to individuals, groups and by media targeted internally and externally.
Leadership – We are known for providing a forum for the development of leadership skills for our members and the industry.
Partnering – We develop business relationships with other organizations and associations that are mutually beneficial.
Technology – We optimize the use of technology to improve quality of service, increase productivity, maximum membership benefits and increase visibility in the industry.
INSURANCE PROFESSIONALS ACTS AS EACH MEMBER’S PERSONAL CAREER CHAMPION