• Summary

  • Welcome to Awkward Insurance, the podcast that strives to bridge the thrilling world of insurance with the real-life struggles of those of us in the trenches. For producing and servicing agents, insurance centers around relationships and personal connections but let's face it, building relationships can be awkward. In this podcast hosted by The National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research Academic Directors; Dustyne Bryant, CIC, CISR, MBA, and Cat Ferris, CIC, CRM, CPCU, AU, our conversations are unscripted, unplanned, and may have you wondering what just happened. Subscribe and share with all of your fellow insurance nerds!
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  • Not All Who Wander Are Lost

    Nov 19 2021

    Download a Learning Path to Get Started On Your Own RMI Journey!

    • Meg McKeen, CIC: A believer that there is a story within every story, Meg's career journey took a sharp left turn in 2017 when she exchanged her corporate j-o-b for a year of self-discovery. The following year, she launched Adjunct Advisors LLC with the simple belief that the people that buy, and those that sell, insurance deserve a better experience. Meg now leverages more than 20 years of industry experience and studies in the social sciences to change the way we interact with insurance. Her journey is not unique - but her ability to make insurance - and entrepreneurship - approachable and relatable, with humility, humor, and heart, is a gift. 
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    1 hr and 2 mins
  • Schmitt Your Agency Management System Knows

    Nov 5 2021

    Learn More about neon from b atomic!  and Listen to Olivia's Podcast: Liv Louder!

    • Oliva Schmitt, CIC, CISR  brings her insurance agency experience and vast industry knowledge, strong leadership track record, and small business expertise to the b atomic team.  Olivia started her insurance career in 2004 when she joined TRICOR Insurance as a customer service representative.  In 2013 she was selected to lead the company’s development of a division geared towards small business growth.  The role allowed Olivia to hone her skills by creating a strategic development plan for the department, overseeing operations, and hiring a team— experiences she continually draws on today. Olivia also hosts the “Liv Louder” podcast where she highlights women in insurance and leadership with the goal of creating space for others to share their struggles and insight, seek advice, encouragement, and growth opportunities in their careers. Olivia Schmitt is a proud mom of three children who keep her busy!  Olivia enjoys downtime with her kids, quiet evenings with a good movie, cooking delicious food, and playing and singing along to great music way too loud (according to her kids)!


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    53 mins
  • Dyslexia is My Super Power

    Oct 22 2021

    Start your own career path with a custom Account Manager, Producer, Risk Manager, or Underwriter Learning Path!

    • Natalie Russel, CIC joined the Central Region Team as a Senior Territory Manager for Northwestern Arkansas.  Natalie is a familiar face to many of us as she had an 8-year tenure as a Senior Territory Manager before leaving to own and operate an independent agency in Hot Springs, AR. Natalie resides in Hot Springs with her husband, Andy, and are proud parents to twins, Cazzie and Josie, and son, Van, and the lovable Boxer, Moonpie. She has always been around the industry having started working as a teen in her family’s agency. Outside of work, Natalie loves traveling, working out, and attending kids’ sporting events.  
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    45 mins

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