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Inspired Millennials – Why I Chose Insurance: Emily Grone, Central Insurance

August 1st, 2019

Over the past few years, millennials have taken their place as the largest segment of the U.S. labor force, with more than 1 in 4 American workers born between 1981 and 1996. Today’s 20- and 30-somethings make great employees and are fiercely committed to their work. 

Today marks the start of a new short series, Inspired Millennials, which features young professionals in the insurance industry who discuss their ambitions and career trajectory, and provide advice to young adults considering careers in insurance.


Name: Emily Grone
Alma Mater: Bowling Green State University,
graduated in May 2018      
Degree: Bachelor’s in Insurance and Risk Management,
and in Finance (double major)
Company: Central Insurance Companies
Job Title: Commercial Lines Underwriting Technician
Length of Time with Central Insurance: One year 


Why did you pursue a career in insurance?

During my sophomore year of college, Bowling Green State University started its insurance and risk management program. While I never intended to go to college and major in insurance, I decided to go that route after learning about all the opportunities in the industry. Our college talked to us about how there are tons of people retiring from the industry and not enough people to replace them. There are so many career paths in insurance – and not just sales – that really attracted me. I learned about accounting, claims underwriting, marketing and so many other opportunities that I could take advantage of. It was a no-brainer decision for me.

What do you do in your day-to-day role at Central Insurance?

Currently, I am in training doing underwriting work and new business quoting. Our department sends quotes to insurance agents, answers questions they may have, ensures our policies are adequately priced and prices out our applications. As underwriters, we are the main point of contact for agents to make sure that their questions are answered and that every need is taken care of.

What’s your favorite thing about working in the insurance industry?

I love that I run into different scenarios and challenges each day. No day is exactly the same. For example, one minute I could be addressing insurance questions for a medical office and the next minute working with a large manufacturing operation. I love that I learn something new every day. 

What opportunities for growth are available within the industry?

A normal career trajectory for someone in my role could be to transition to an underwriter role, then a senior underwriter and perhaps a supervisor or managerial position. Commercial underwriters frequently move to marketing manager positions as they are external facing and deal directly with agents. Central Insurance is great about that. Wherever you want to take your career, they will help you get there.

What advice do you have for someone considering a career in insurance?

For college students, I would encourage them to get involved with an insurance fraternity called Gamma Iota Sigma (GIS). It’s amazing how many connections I made from being in that fraternity. Also, internships are important to getting your foot in the door with companies and figuring out what you like and don’t like. In college I interned at Northwestern Mutual selling life and health insurance as well as Central Insurance doing personal lines underwriting.

For young professionals looking to get into the industry, I think it’s important to look for new ways to learn. Continuing education is heavily promoted here at Central, and during my short time here I’ve taken many courses to receive insurance designations like the AINS [Associate in General Insurance] and CISR [Certified Insurance Service Representative]. Taking these courses is a great way to remain up to speed with things as the insurance industry is always changing. Insurance really is a great industry to be in. I think I’ll be in this industry forever.

Insurance Innovators: Nationwide Insurance - A Culture of Community and Service

March 8th, 2019


Insuring Ohio Futures recently had the privilege of interviewing Nationwide Innovation Executives Daniela Lohse and Jean Finnegan.

In the next video of our Insurance Innovators series, we hear from Daniela and Jean about how Nationwide approaches innovation to identify emerging policyholder needs, oftentimes before their policyholders are even aware of them. 

They also speak to the community culture and philosophy of service at Nationwide and how these are applied to meet the organization’s vision of protecting what matters most. 

Finally, Daniela and Jean discuss the variety of career opportunities and rotational internship programs available at Nationwide, as well as why insurance provides such a meaningful career for professionals looking to make a difference.

Check out the full video below:

We encourage you to check out our other Insurance Innovators videos and share with anyone who you think would benefit from learning about opportunities in insurance. 

The Five Coolest Reasons to Work in Insurance

February 16th, 2019

February is Insurance Careers Month, which gives us the perfect time to brag about the exciting careers available within the insurance industry. While you may be yawning at the thought of working in insurance, we encourage you to keep an open mind because insurance careers are filled with opportunities to make a difference in the community and engage with the technologies of our future. With thousands of insurance professionals getting ready to retire in the next few years, Ohio insurance companies will be searching for you – millennials and Gen Zers -- to fill these positions as soon as possible. 

So what’s so great about working in the insurance industry? Let’s take a look at some of the coolest things about working in insurance:

  1. A front row seat to disruptive technology - The latest and greatest ideas all have the potential to disrupt the status-quo or what we already know. Working in insurance enables you to be at the forefront of change as companies employ more and more technology-driven solutions to provide better services and experiences for customers. 
  2. Freshness and variety - Every day is different in insurance because clients have different needs and wants. Insurance careers allow you to take on a variety of projects that require a fresh perspective.

  3. Opportunities to do good in the community - Service is at the heart of the industry, as insurance companies are on the front lines after people experience catastrophic events. Whether it’s helping people who have experienced a car accident or communities hit by a natural disaster, insurers are among the first responders, supporting families through difficult times and helping them get back on their feet .

  4. Sustainability - Regardless of changing economic forces, there will always be a need for insurance and those who work in the industry. After all, you can’t purchase a home or drive without insurance. Insurance is also a key economic driver in Ohio and the state ranks fifth nationally in total insurance employment. 

  5. Wide range of high-paying jobs - From marketing and actuarial science to human resources and accounting, insurance companies offer a wide range of jobs. Chances are, there’s a career in insurance that matches your skills and passions. And, insurance jobs pay well – the average annual salary for an Ohioan working in insurance is 53 percent higher than the average salary of someone else in the private sector. 

The opportunities available within the industry are endless, and we encourage you to see what’s out there for yourself! To hear what today’s top talent is saying about working in insurance, or to learn more about insurance career pathways, visit or