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Season of Humanity

By Sarah Walsh

Springtime! Or is it? There was a fair bit of snow across the northwest earlier this week. I traveled to Missoula for a bona-fide in-person meeting too! Sure glad I procrastinated getting my snow tires removed! Next week…

I’m so grateful for our four seasons and can’t imagine living anywhere without a real winter, spring, summer or fall. Each season brings its unique beauty and differences, not unlike how each human brings their own unique beauty and differences. (Where is she going here, they ask??) She’s going to our core value of Humanity! We introduced this core value, developed by a group of colleagues with very different backgrounds and experiences, in the summer of 2020. And what a summer it was, for so many reasons. We needed humanity then and we need it today, more than ever. “Humanity” is defined by the way, as the human race, human beings collectively, humanness, benevolence. Our group created a powerful statement that ended with…

…by fostering a culture that values goodwill, compassion and belonging, where everyone feels empowered to be their full, authentic selves.

Our “full, authentic selves” are unique. Our “full, authentic selves” are powerful. Our “full, authentic selves” are our best selves, and when we are being our “full, authentic self” we do our best work and can most fully and genuinely serve our 3Cs. Adding Humanity to our other core values of Respect, Accountability, Balance, Excellence and Integrity was really our first attempt at addressing the big topic of diversity and recognizing that everybody counts, everybody belongs, everybody contributes uniquely, and we’re better because of it. It’s really that simple. And it’s been proven time and again that companies that embrace diversity in all its forms are more successful than those that don’t. A no-brainer.

PayneWest continues on the path we started in 2020 to more fully embrace and become a diverse organization. We’re thrilled to now have MMA resources at our disposal, learning from other regions (diverse!) and colleagues across the country (diverse!). Please join us and support our colleagues who serve on our DE&I Council, our colleagues who are members of our various Colleague Resource Groups (CRGs) and join in with your voices. The ‘more the merrier’ as they say! What started with Humanity, continues with Humanity and we thank you for yours.



Certificates and Designations

  • Amanda Bartsch – MMAU BI Bachelors Program
  • Patrick Bauman – MMAU BI Bachelors Program & Small Business Coverage Specialist (SBCS)
  • Danielle Black – MMAU BI Bachelors Program
  • Stephen Blanchard – MMAU BI Bachelors Program
  • Brandon Braaten—Agribusiness Farm Insurance Specialist (AFIS)
  • Hannah Braun – Qualified Commercial Lines Specialist (QCLS)
  • Carley Brown – MMAU BI Bachelors Program
  • Whitney Brown – MMAU BI Bachelors Program
  • Kierstan Brozovich—Associate in Insurance (AINS)
  • Cynthia Cervantes—Small Business Coverage Specialist (SBCS)
  • Bryant Chambliss – Qualified Commercial Lines Specialist (QCLS)
  • Mike Chandlert—Transporation Risk and Insurance Professional (TRIP)
  • Kristy Corntassel – MMAU BI Bachelors Program
  • Pam Crowley – Commercial Lines Coverage Specialist (CLCS)
  • Bailey Culbertson – Qualified Commercial Lines Specialist (QCLS)
  • Jordyn Cyr – MMAU BI Bachelors Program
  • Gigi Draggoo—Small Business Coverage Specialist (SBCS)
  • Brianna Dudley—Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist (CRIS)
  • Julie Fender – Retirement Plans Associate (RPA)
  • Julie Fender – Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS)
  • LeeAnn Giardina – MMAU BI Bachelors Program
  • Shasta Grant – MMAU BI Bachelors Program
  • Nina Helfer – MMAU BI Bachelors Program
  • Rene Herman – Personal Lines Coverage Specialist
  • Kianna Holley – MMAU BI Bachelors Program
  • Julia Holman – MMAU BI Bachelors Program
  • Chris Huwaldt – Chartered Private Risk and Insurance Advisor (CPRIA)
  • Cara Longinotti – Accredited Advisor of Insurance (AAI)
  • Rachel Madach – MMAU BI Bachelors Program
  • Sam McCamley – Qualified Commercial Lines Specialist (QCLS)
  • Karla McHugh – MMAU BI Bachelors Program
  • Beth McKinney – MMAU BI Bachelors Program
  • Amy McNichols – Qualified Commercial Lines Specialist (QCLS)
  • Susan McNulty – MMAU BI Bachelors Program
  • Kimberly Moore – MMAU BI Bachelors Program
  • Alec Parker – MMAU BI Bachelors Program
  • Jay Pollman – MMAU BI Bachelors Program
  • JoAnna Reeves – Qualified Commercial Lines Specialist (QCLS)
  • Kristi Rodgers – MMAU BI Bachelors Program
  • Hannah Strong – MMAU BI Bachelors Program
  • Jamie Toombs—Small Business Coverage Specialist (SBCS)
  • Susy Torres—Small Business Coverage Specialist (SBCS)
  • Daisy Tran – MMAU BI Bachelors Program
  • Carol Williams – MMAU BI Bachelors Program
  • Melissa Wilson – Qualified Personal Lines Specialist (QPLS)
  • Peter Wipf—Small Business Coverage Specialist (SBCS)
  • Sarah Wise – MMAU BI Bachelors Program



Q1 Anniversaries Congratulations, colleagues!

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