Business-Educator Partnership in Action: IIRC Day at Nationwide

May 13th, 2017

A recent career day at Nationwide Insurance is a prime example of how the Insurance Industry Resource Council (IIRC) is connecting companies with talent.

On April 28, seven students from Ohio Northern University, Ohio Dominican University, the University of Cincinnati and Columbus State Community College had an opportunity to interview for open jobs at Nationwide and hear about the diverse opportunities within the industry.

Every year the IIRC asks Ohio colleges and universities offering insurance programs to provide names of pending graduates who are interested in exploring insurance careers. The IIRC then sends the names to member companies, which then directly engage students and academic directors in ways that help promote careers within the industry.

Nationwide drew a mix of students nearly as diverse as the opportunities. The students claimed majors in marketing, statistics, public relations, actuarial science, graphic design and business administration – all complemented with either dual majors (RMI) or minors in insurance. Two were nontraditional students looking for a career change.

The students were intrigued by what they heard. Melissa Ward, a Nationwide recruiting specialist, noted that many job pathways at Nationwide do not run in straight lines – employees take interesting turns as opportunities arise and as their interests and passions steer them. Rocky Parker, Nationwide’s chief talent acquisition officer, explained that their day at Nationwide could be the start to long and meaningful careers at an organization that is more than a business, referencing Nationwide’s exceptional community involvement.

The career day represents one way the IIRC is realizing its goal of building an insurance talent pipeline for the future. Parker notes that Nationwide is proud to be part of the unique coalition and to support Ohio’s 10 colleges and universities that offer insurance programs, ensuring that a talented workforce is available to fill the growing demand. Partnerships between business and education are a critical component as the industry works to fill the 29,000 open positions expected by 2024.

Please join us in supporting the IIRC and the Insuring Ohio Futures program, a unique initiative to ensure a talent pipeline to the insurance industry. To learn more, visit or to become a member, contact Andrea Lewis at

The IIRC is funded by:
Celina Insurance Group
Central Mutual Insurance Company
The Cincinnati Insurance Company
Grange Insurance
Hylant Group
Liberty Mutual Insurance
Molina Healthcare of Ohio
Motorists Insurance Group
Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company
Ohio Insurance Agents Association, Inc.
Ohio Mutual Insurance Group
State Auto Insurance Company of Ohio
Wayne Insurance Group
Westfield Insurance Company

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