Marsh Broker Kate Kenny Recognized as a 2020 Education Power Broker
Kate Kenny, Senior Vice President, Marsh
Institutions of higher education are like mini-cities and as such they come with a plethora of risks for brokers to find coverage for. Kate Kenny, senior vice president, Marsh, is ready to tackle anything and “she never bats an eyelash” when her clients bring her unique challenges.
“We need coverage for everything from falconry training and bass club fishing boats all the way to traditional employment practices liability and professional liability for student internships … so placing coverage for us … in and of itself requires a huge level of creativity,” said Emily Hochstatter, director of risk management and administrative initiatives, Northern Illinois University.
Kenny builds strong relationships with each of her clients and when a problem arises, she tries to help them find practical solutions. “Her first instinct is to find a solution that’s grounded in the policy,” said Catherine Jorgens, general counsel at Carroll University.
Kenny doesn’t just find solutions for her clients’ unique problems, however. She also serves as a point of contact for them during times of crisis. When one of her clients had a student die during a shooting at an internship, Kenny picked up the phone and helped them make a plan to address the situation.
“She never once made a request feel like an inconvenience,” Hochstatter said. “She’ll treat her clients as clients but also as close personal colleagues and friends.”
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