Our Founder & CEO

Amy C. Waninger (pronouns: she, her, hers) works with organizations that want to build leadership bench strength among diverse employee populations.  She also works one-on-one with emerging leaders who want to take their careers to the next level.

As a leader, speaker, author, and consultant, Amy is passionate about helping others achieve their full potential at work. She is committed to lifelong learning, and inspires others to expand their knowledge and skill sets. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Criminal Justice and Computer Science from Indiana University and is completing her MBA at SNHU.

Amy began her career as a software developer, later moving into business analysis, systems design, consulting, and management. She has worked at small software companies, multinational corporations, and many stops in between. Amy is a versatile manager; she has led cross-functional and global teams in both the technology and insurance industries.

Having spent more than a decade in the insurance industry, Amy holds the Certified Insurance Data Manager (CIDM) designation and numerous designations from The Institutes, including their premier Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation. She is a member of the CPCU Society and is serving a three-year term on the Society’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. While working as a senior manager in a Fortune 100 Insurance Company, she served on the national leadership team for their LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group and an enterprise-wide council to engage men as allies.

Amy is a Professional Member of National Speakers Association and a Prosci Certified Change Practitioner. Her other credentials include advanced awards from Toastmasters International and a World’s Best Mom coffee mug.


Published Works and Upcoming Releases

She is the author of Network Beyond Bias: Making Diversity a Competitive Advantage for Your Career and the creator of Network Like a CHAMP Networking Activity JournalAdditional titles are planned for 2018 and 2019.

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Praise for Amy C. Waninger

I shared your name yesterday afternoon with two folks that were impacted [by a recent layoff]. I told them that if they want to discover more about the power of networks, subscribe to your site, etc., to email you. I told them it would change their life....and I mean it!

<a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/erica-waldstein-12b66583/">Erica Waldstein, J.D.</a>

Amy C. Waninger
2018-01-20T12:09:45+00:00

<a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/erica-waldstein-12b66583/">Erica Waldstein, J.D.</a>

Erica Waldstein, JD
I shared your name yesterday afternoon with two folks that were impacted [by a recent layoff]. I told them that if they want to discover more about the power of networks, subscribe to your site, etc., to email you. I told them it would change their life....and I mean it!
You used engaging personal examples. The examples helped me connect your key points to my own life. I'd like you to continue telling these personal anecdotes in future presentations. I really appreciate that you shared these stories with us! Thank you for coming today!

Nina S., Louisville, KY

Amy C. Waninger
2018-11-15T16:35:51+00:00

Nina S., Louisville, KY

You used engaging personal examples. The examples helped me connect your key points to my own life. I'd like you to continue telling these personal anecdotes in future presentations. I really appreciate that you shared these stories with us! Thank you for coming today!
Amy C. Waninger's "Lead at any Level" presentation on bias was a refreshing and useful presentation that offered many tools I will now use to expand the diversity and impact of my network.

As a career advisor who works largely with a non-traditional student population, it can be a challenge to express the value and importance of actively networking within our technology age.

This presentation offered tools like the CHAMP/IGGNORE model and language that I will rely upon to express that value to my clients, and help them as they grow professionally and personally.

Grace Donahue

Military Career Adviser, Southern New Hampshire University

Find Grace on LinkedIn

Amy C. Waninger
5.0
2018-02-03T17:03:54+00:00

Grace Donahue

Military Career Adviser, Southern New Hampshire University

Find Grace on LinkedIn

Amy C. Waninger's "Lead at any Level" presentation on bias was a refreshing and useful presentation that offered many tools I will now use to expand the diversity and impact of my network. As a career advisor who works largely with a non-traditional student population, it can be a challenge to express the value and importance of actively networking within our technology age. This presentation offered tools like the CHAMP/IGGNORE model and language that I will rely upon to express that value to my clients, and help them as they grow professionally and personally.
You are the most influential professional role model that has shaped how I operate as a manager. I want my team to have the experience working for me that I had working for you.

Jason S., Software industry

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2017-07-14T08:38:15+00:00

Jason S., Software industry

You are the most influential professional role model that has shaped how I operate as a manager. I want my team to have the experience working for me that I had working for you.
I would like to thank YOU for your motivation and encouragement at the TSAE New Ideas Conference. As a result of our conversation, I'm now putting all the movements in place to apply for and sit for the Certified Association Executive (CAE) exam next December! Positive interactions work!

Shirley LaVergne, Certified Meeting Professional (CMP)

 

Amy C. Waninger
2018-11-19T17:24:15+00:00

Shirley LaVergne, Certified Meeting Professional (CMP)

 

Shirley LaVergne, CMP
I would like to thank YOU for your motivation and encouragement at the TSAE New Ideas Conference. As a result of our conversation, I'm now putting all the movements in place to apply for and sit for the Certified Association Executive (CAE) exam next December! Positive interactions work!
One smart woman. Highly recommend!

Michelle L., Training industry

Amy C. Waninger
2017-07-14T08:48:00+00:00

Michelle L., Training industry

One smart woman. Highly recommend!
These are steps anyone can follow to improve their careers. The goals aren't so lofty that people can't actually do them. This is great! You gave me a lot to think about.

Terri G., Insurance industry

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2017-07-14T09:33:13+00:00

Terri G., Insurance industry

These are steps anyone can follow to improve their careers. The goals aren't so lofty that people can't actually do them. This is great! You gave me a lot to think about.
You gave me some excellent feedback and how to effectively use my abilities to further my career. ...I plan to use the information that you shared in my next job.

Zach J., Insurance industry

Amy C. Waninger
2017-07-14T08:40:55+00:00

Zach J., Insurance industry

You gave me some excellent feedback and how to effectively use my abilities to further my career. ...I plan to use the information that you shared in my next job.
Amy was phenomenal! Her program resonated with our attendees and she knocked it out of the park. We loved that she participated in the conference as well before and after her speech. Not a lot of keynote speakers do that.

Association of Non-Traditional Students in Higher Education (ANTSHE)

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2018-03-19T13:43:44+00:00

Association of Non-Traditional Students in Higher Education (ANTSHE)

ANTSHE 2018
Amy was phenomenal! Her program resonated with our attendees and she knocked it out of the park. We loved that she participated in the conference as well before and after her speech. Not a lot of keynote speakers do that.
...[Y]ou helped me maneuver the corporate landscape by pulling my military skills that I learned as a sergeant in the military and applying them in corporate America, which is a totally different beast. You’ve also taught me how to be a versatile leader and how to advocate for my voice in the workplace, which can be challenging as a woman professional... The materials that you sent me and your check on my learning really helped me out...

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldkhkSaneJ0">Jessica Hutson</a>

Sergeant, U.S. Army Reserve and Veterans Advocate, University of Phoenix

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2017-07-13T20:09:50+00:00

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldkhkSaneJ0">Jessica Hutson</a>

Sergeant, U.S. Army Reserve and Veterans Advocate, University of Phoenix

...[Y]ou helped me maneuver the corporate landscape by pulling my military skills that I learned as a sergeant in the military and applying them in corporate America, which is a totally different beast. You’ve also taught me how to be a versatile leader and how to advocate for my voice in the workplace, which can be challenging as a woman professional... The materials that you sent me and your check on my learning really helped me out...
Your comfort and ease in front of a group made it easy to follow the presentation. Keep doing it the same way. You did a great job!

Jenny W., Louisville, KY

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2018-11-15T16:31:25+00:00

Jenny W., Louisville, KY

Your comfort and ease in front of a group made it easy to follow the presentation. Keep doing it the same way. You did a great job!
Amy was very effective in her presentation by using examples. This allows me to remember the concept so I can use it at the office. I am looking forward to hearing more from her.

L.S., Louisville, KY

Amy C. Waninger
2018-11-15T16:27:41+00:00

L.S., Louisville, KY

Amy was very effective in her presentation by using examples. This allows me to remember the concept so I can use it at the office. I am looking forward to hearing more from her.
Very useful information!

Anonymous (Military)

Amy C. Waninger
4.0
2017-11-26T18:10:43+00:00

Anonymous (Military)

Very useful information!
You broke down the topic into easy-to-understand steps which help us implement them. Keep talking about identity and behavior and how they differ [when it comes to feedback]. Find more women's groups you can speak to about this topic.

Event organizer, Louisville, KY

Amy C. Waninger
2018-11-15T16:33:00+00:00

Event organizer, Louisville, KY

You broke down the topic into easy-to-understand steps which help us implement them. Keep talking about identity and behavior and how they differ [when it comes to feedback]. Find more women's groups you can speak to about this topic.

I wanted to reach out and let you know how much I enjoyed meeting you and attending your session at ASAE. Afterward I ran to the conference bookstore and grabbed the last copy of your book! I was sharing with my team that I had attended your session, and they were interested to learn more. When I return to the office, I am expecting to have a robust conversation with some of them. I hope that ASAE invites you again (and said so in my review).  I know that what you are doing is a great service not only to the business world but also to society, especially in the current climate.


Chris Davis

Associate Chief Officer for AOTA Press & Content Strategy

Amy C. Waninger
5.0
2018-08-23T16:49:36+00:00

Chris Davis

Associate Chief Officer for AOTA Press & Content Strategy

I wanted to reach out and let you know how much I enjoyed meeting you and attending your session at ASAE. Afterward I ran to the conference bookstore and grabbed the last copy of your book! I was sharing with my team that I had attended your session, and they were interested to learn more. When I return to the office, I am expecting to have a robust conversation with some of them. I hope that ASAE invites you again (and said so in my review).  I know that what you are doing is a great service not only to the business world but also to society, especially in the current climate.
You taught me if I am going to do something I can't do it half way. Really push the limits. This has beneficial in so many ways in my personal and professional life.

Anonymous, Insurance industry

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2017-07-13T20:16:32+00:00

Anonymous, Insurance industry

You taught me if I am going to do something I can't do it half way. Really push the limits. This has beneficial in so many ways in my personal and professional life.
Your work is unique. Beyond stating the theories regarding “isms,” you’re doing something about the diversity problem in business. I’ve read your words. I’ve heard your public voice. I’m excited. Keep pushing. It’s what the world needs.

Joynicole Martinez, DHSc, Founder and CEO of the Alchemist Agency

Amy C. Waninger
2018-05-16T23:00:42+00:00

Joynicole Martinez, DHSc, Founder and CEO of the Alchemist Agency

Joynicole Martinez, DHSc
Your work is unique. Beyond stating the theories regarding “isms,” you’re doing something about the diversity problem in business. I’ve read your words. I’ve heard your public voice. I’m excited. Keep pushing. It’s what the world needs.
Amy helped me step away from emotion and produce a plan.

Anonymous, Insurance industry

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2017-07-13T20:14:58+00:00

Anonymous, Insurance industry

Amy helped me step away from emotion and produce a plan.
I participated in one of Amy's Unconscious Bias Webinars and learned a ton. She has a great way to bring down the concepts to make them easy to understand and fun so you're bound to remember them. I still think about round heads vs square heads all the time, it really stuck with me! Excellent webinar. I learned a ton and highly recommend it!

Tony Cañas, Best-selling Author and Co-founder of InsNerds.com (Insurance Industry)

Amy C. Waninger
5.0
2017-07-26T07:57:22+00:00

Tony Cañas, Best-selling Author and Co-founder of InsNerds.com (Insurance Industry)

I participated in one of Amy's Unconscious Bias Webinars and learned a ton. She has a great way to bring down the concepts to make them easy to understand and fun so you're bound to remember them. I still think about round heads vs square heads all the time, it really stuck with me! Excellent webinar. I learned a ton and highly recommend it!
Amy presented just the right mix of instruction and interactivity to be sure that audience members understood the importance of a diverse workforce and had identified weaknesses our own networks. The assessment tool she introduced in the "Our Brains Are Biased: How to Break Out, Break In, and Break Through" webinar showed me the weaknesses in my own professional network (without making me feel exposed) and highlighted areas for improvement. She created an atmosphere of safety during the session which allowed us to ask potentially-sensitive questions knowing that her response would be professional and kind. This is an especially important session for new professionals to help them build their networks with intention and for those with well-established networks who may not yet realize the bias that they may be unconsciously supporting.

Melissa Heeke, CAE

Membership & Communications Director, Midwest Political Science Association

Find Melissa on LinkedIn

Amy C. Waninger
5.0
2017-07-26T08:03:18+00:00

Melissa Heeke, CAE

Membership & Communications Director, Midwest Political Science Association

Find Melissa on LinkedIn

Amy presented just the right mix of instruction and interactivity to be sure that audience members understood the importance of a diverse workforce and had identified weaknesses our own networks. The assessment tool she introduced in the "Our Brains Are Biased: How to Break Out, Break In, and Break Through" webinar showed me the weaknesses in my own professional network (without making me feel exposed) and highlighted areas for improvement. She created an atmosphere of safety during the session which allowed us to ask potentially-sensitive questions knowing that her response would be professional and kind. This is an especially important session for new professionals to help them build their networks with intention and for those with well-established networks who may not yet realize the bias that they may be unconsciously supporting.
You have been a great sounding board when I'm trying to make a career decision. A lot of times you will say something that hadn't occurred to me. I admire your diversity work and your strong drive to help others.

Katie A., Pharmaceutical industry

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2017-07-14T08:40:02+00:00

Katie A., Pharmaceutical industry

You have been a great sounding board when I'm trying to make a career decision. A lot of times you will say something that hadn't occurred to me. I admire your diversity work and your strong drive to help others.

Anne Marie Mourhess

National Sales Manager

Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau

Amy C. Waninger
5.0
2018-03-23T21:46:15+00:00

Anne Marie Mourhess

National Sales Manager

Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau

Amy was an awesome speaker at our Tidewater CPCU Chapter Diversity event! She was engaging and captivated the crowd.

Glenise Rooks, CPCU Society Tidewater Chapter Diversity Chair

Amy C. Waninger
5.0
2017-07-13T07:29:24+00:00

Glenise Rooks, CPCU Society Tidewater Chapter Diversity Chair

Speaker Amy C. Waninger & CPCU Society Tidewater Chapter Diversity Chair Glenise Rooks
Amy was an awesome speaker at our Tidewater CPCU Chapter Diversity event! She was engaging and captivated the crowd.
Amazing talk. [Break Out of Bias] was exactly what I needed to hear today. You inspire me. You're knowledgeable and also vulnerable in sharing your humanity. You show a way to move toward change. Wow, and thank you!

Barb S., Fellow Toastmaster

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2017-07-14T08:41:57+00:00

Barb S., Fellow Toastmaster

Amazing talk. [Break Out of Bias] was exactly what I needed to hear today. You inspire me. You're knowledgeable and also vulnerable in sharing your humanity. You show a way to move toward change. Wow, and thank you!
You are upbeat and provided some takeaways. Lots of good information here!

T.S., Louisville, KY

Amy C. Waninger
2018-11-15T16:28:49+00:00

T.S., Louisville, KY

You are upbeat and provided some takeaways. Lots of good information here!
I recently became acquainted with Lead at Any Level and had the pleasure of meeting Amy Waninger. While her leadership for D&I initiatives already intrigued me, her passion for getting out her message, making a difference and her dedication to the work was impressive. I'm excited to have connected with her and I'm sure we'll all be hearing more and more about her work in the years to come.

Sharon Newport, Nonprofit Executive and Speaker

www.sharonnewport.com

Find Sharon on LinkedIn

Amy C. Waninger
2017-11-26T18:03:42+00:00

Sharon Newport, Nonprofit Executive and Speaker

www.sharonnewport.com

Find Sharon on LinkedIn

Sharon Newport
I recently became acquainted with Lead at Any Level and had the pleasure of meeting Amy Waninger. While her leadership for D&I initiatives already intrigued me, her passion for getting out her message, making a difference and her dedication to the work was impressive. I'm excited to have connected with her and I'm sure we'll all be hearing more and more about her work in the years to come.
Presenter was engaging. You gave me several ideas to use in my life. Keep the slides as-is. You answer questions with humor and truth.

Marisa, Louisville, KY

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2018-11-15T16:24:32+00:00

Marisa, Louisville, KY

Presenter was engaging. You gave me several ideas to use in my life. Keep the slides as-is. You answer questions with humor and truth.
I like your positive attitude! It makes the presentation authentic and keeps delivery consistent with the message. Keep doing what you're doing. It is authentic.

Lisa B., Louisville, KY

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2018-11-15T16:26:02+00:00

Lisa B., Louisville, KY

I like your positive attitude! It makes the presentation authentic and keeps delivery consistent with the message. Keep doing what you're doing. It is authentic.
You have been a champion for me and helping me get my contributions noticed and seen. You have helped me feel comfortable reaching for things I may have been afraid or unsure of doing. You have encouraged me to think about situations from different perspectives, and sometimes you ask me questions I don't want to answer, because then I'm accountable for what I do with what I learn about myself.

Lisa E., Insurance industry

Amy C. Waninger
2017-07-13T20:13:33+00:00

Lisa E., Insurance industry

You have been a champion for me and helping me get my contributions noticed and seen. You have helped me feel comfortable reaching for things I may have been afraid or unsure of doing. You have encouraged me to think about situations from different perspectives, and sometimes you ask me questions I don't want to answer, because then I'm accountable for what I do with what I learn about myself.
Amy presented "Moving from Panic to Purpose" for our chapter meeting. She was very knowledgeable and easy to listen to. She was able to answer all questions and was very professional. Her slides were easy to read, and she gave great examples. She did a fantastic job!

Amy C. Waninger
5.0
2018-01-24T13:56:39+00:00
Amy did a fantastic job! Would definitely hire her again!
You're directly responsible for making my career what it is today. Without your guidance I would still be stuck in the same rut.

Dan F., Software industry

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2017-07-14T08:37:05+00:00

Dan F., Software industry

You're directly responsible for making my career what it is today. Without your guidance I would still be stuck in the same rut.
Amy is articulate, organized, conversational, relatable, funny, and good a pausing and asking for questions throughout the call. Content was delivered as expected, in an organized/logical manner with relatable examples along the way. Amy is always a pleasure to speak to and work with!

Krista Loven, Team Lead and Veteran Advocate

American Corporate Partners (www.acp-usa.org)

Amy C. Waninger
5.0
2017-11-26T18:17:42+00:00

Krista Loven, Team Lead and Veteran Advocate

American Corporate Partners (www.acp-usa.org)

Krista Loven, ACP
Amy is articulate, organized, conversational, relatable, funny, and good a pausing and asking for questions throughout the call. Content was delivered as expected, in an organized/logical manner with relatable examples along the way. Amy is always a pleasure to speak to and work with!
Good, Well thought out presentation. Engaging. Interesting stats and easy flow.

Glenise Rooks, CPCU

Member, CPCU Society Diversity Committee and Diversity Chair, Tidewater CPCU Chapter

Amy C. Waninger
5.0
2017-07-26T08:00:25+00:00

Glenise Rooks, CPCU

Member, CPCU Society Diversity Committee and Diversity Chair, Tidewater CPCU Chapter

Good, Well thought out presentation. Engaging. Interesting stats and easy flow.
By engaging with us and listening to our thoughts, you made me feel valued. Continue to focus on people in the audience. You're really doing a great job as a speaker!

Amanda M., Louisville, KY

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2018-11-15T16:34:15+00:00

Amanda M., Louisville, KY

By engaging with us and listening to our thoughts, you made me feel valued. Continue to focus on people in the audience. You're really doing a great job as a speaker!
You have encouraged me to examine my strengths and limitations and to actively pursue opportunities that are truly the right fit for me, not just the most lucrative. You have inspired me to develop new skills and to actively seek roles that will place my career on the right trajectory, putting my skills to their highest and best use.

Anonymous, Insurance industry

Amy C. Waninger
2017-07-13T20:17:52+00:00

Anonymous, Insurance industry

You have encouraged me to examine my strengths and limitations and to actively pursue opportunities that are truly the right fit for me, not just the most lucrative. You have inspired me to develop new skills and to actively seek roles that will place my career on the right trajectory, putting my skills to their highest and best use.
Engaging personality style. I love how you make everyone feel at ease. Keep up the great work!

Wanda S., Louisville, KY

Amy C. Waninger
2018-11-15T16:23:03+00:00

Wanda S., Louisville, KY

Engaging personality style. I love how you make everyone feel at ease. Keep up the great work!
Hi Amy,
I just finished watching and listening to the recording of a CPCU Society webinar that I originally missed. I almost did not go back to it because I have been so busy, but I am so glad that I did!

You did an excellent job presenting this topic. I believe that many people are turned off by topics about diversity and inclusion. They somehow feel offended or uncomfortable by them. I have seen, heard and participated in many diversity presentations over the past 15 years and this was honestly one of the best. It was a very interesting way to try to approach the topic. Not only did you do a great job conveying the information, but you were also quite inspiring and an excellent speaker.

All the best to you, Amy, with your company and your career.

Sharon A. King, CPCU, MBA, AIC, ARC | Director of Assessments
The Institutes | Risk and Insurance Knowledge Group

Find Sharon on LinkedIn

Amy C. Waninger
2017-12-30T09:23:26+00:00

Sharon A. King, CPCU, MBA, AIC, ARC | Director of Assessments
The Institutes | Risk and Insurance Knowledge Group

Find Sharon on LinkedIn

Hi Amy, I just finished watching and listening to the recording of a CPCU Society webinar that I originally missed. I almost did not go back to it because I have been so busy, but I am so glad that I did! You did an excellent job presenting this topic. I believe that many people are turned off by topics about diversity and inclusion. They somehow feel offended or uncomfortable by them. I have seen, heard and participated in many diversity presentations over the past 15 years and this was honestly one of the best. It was a very interesting way to try to approach the topic. Not only did you do a great job conveying the information, but you were also quite inspiring and an excellent speaker. All the best to you, Amy, with your company and your career.
You did a wonderful job engaging the audience and makes the examples relavant to any of us. I would welcome an opportunity to delve further into the BITE method.

B.N., Louisville, KY

Amy C. Waninger
2018-11-15T16:30:08+00:00

B.N., Louisville, KY

You did a wonderful job engaging the audience and makes the examples relavant to any of us. I would welcome an opportunity to delve further into the BITE method.
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