To group participants and visitors to our website: 

No matter who or where we are, we are all concerned for the health and safety of loved ones, the people and businesses we rely upon and the global economy. The way that we work and live our daily lives has been impacted and will continue for some time to come. As we navigate through these unique  and  evolving  challenges, we hope that everyone is doing well and remains safe.

We continue to educate when possible, update our website and post on LinkedIn to stay connected. Please reach out with any questions or in general.

We look forward to the time that we can meet in person as a group again!



Board of Directors


Empowering and inspiring women in Surety

Providing a network for professional development and connection

Women In Surety (WIS) was created in November 2016 to form the first cohesive group for women in the surety industry to fill an industry gap, bring great minds together for support, mentorship and intellectual challenge, and to network with industry professionals. In January  2017, a Board of Directors consisting of senior surety representatives from all constituencies (surety companies and brokers in both the contract and commercial surety spaces) was formalized. By March of the same year, the group hosted its first event.


We continue to grow our membership with regularly planned educational and networking events, along with a mentorship program. We look forward to expanding nationally and opening up opportunities for surety women everywhere.

We welcome your interest and support.


Carol Levine



Arthur B. Levine INC.


Nancy Schnee


aon risk solutions

commercial & contract

chandar potter 

chair, membership & communications

zurich north america


theresa giraldo



commercial & Contract

tara quigley


argo Group

commercial & contract

Debra Weinstein

Chair, education

The hartford

commercial & contract

maria duhart 

Founding BOARD Member



  • Education Committee We held "COVID-19 and the Impact on Commercial Surety" webinar on Thursday, June 4, 2020 with guest speakers, Amanda Miceli and Nina Durante. There were 138 people that "attended" the virtual event! The presentation can be found to view/download in our "Photo Gallery" Tab. Save the date for September 17 for the long awaited "Bankruptcy in  Suretyship"; Misconceptions and Case Studies. Details to be posted in the Events section when finalized.

  • Events Committee - On July 8, 2020, we held an outstanding webinar with a presentation from U.S. Chief Economist at S&P’s Global Ratings Services, Beth Ann Bovino. Fifty-eight members and guests attended this informative presentation. Beth Ann provided us with a thorough mid-year update of the impacts of COVID-19 on U.S. Macro Economic trends, and a forecast on what we can expect to see over the next 6, 12, to 24 months. Thank you, Beth Ann! Her presentation can be found to view/download in our "Photo Gallery" Tab. Join us on Thursday, August 20 for our upcoming "Two Truths and a Lie" virtual HH. See Events section.  

  • Membership & Communications Committee - So far this year we welcomed Rye Capron, Emily Moore and Florence Pagan as new committee members. In addition, the Board has defined membership benefits/value proposition and dues for 2020. The details of this will be posted in the second half of the year, along with activation of the Log-in/Sign-up feature on our website. Our organization has plans to grow membership locally, but also expand as groups in larger cities across the U.S. and then internationally with time. Continue to check the various tabs on our website and on LinkedIn regarding updates, newsletters, and Member Spotlights throughout the year.

  • Mentorship Committee - Lauren Quick was introduced as the new Committee Chair for 2020 at our January event. With that and recent committee member additions (Erica Colon, Mary Ann Mendez, and Joanna Bennewitz), the 2020 Mentoring Program was launched. Each year we grow on the experiences from the prior year and make enhancements to the program. The opportunity to network and focus on career goals is as important as ever. The 2020 Program is well underway with 24 participants in the speed networking game held online this year Thursday, May 28, 2020 using Meetaway

                                                                                                                         Refreshed August 10, 2020

"Two Truths and a Lie" Virtual Happy Hour
Aug 20, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM EDT
Zoom Link/Password Posted In Event Details
Join us for some fun in getting to know each other better!

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