iTs|SC graduates largest Leadership Insurance class, releases video promoting Columbia

iTs|SC’s Leadership Insurance Class of 2017, clockwise from back left: John Eric Buffamoyer (Seibels), Diane Wells (Seibels), Arica Carter (BCBS), Yolanda DuBose (Capgemini), Ashley Gilfillan (Software Specialists), Mike Smith (Duck Creek Technologies), Allen Dixon (BCBS), Janet Fant (Seibels), Donna Kelly (Seibels), Heather Parker (Seibels), Kristina Moore (Capgemini), Debi Dempsey (Seibels), Maureen Humphries (BCBS), Linda Hagins (Seibels), Scott Gambrell (BCBS).

COLUMBIA, S.C. (November 6, 2017): iTs|SC, Columbia’s Insurance Technology & Services Cluster, has graduated its largest-ever class from its signature Leadership Insurance program, created to develop the local insurance industry’s next generation of up-and-coming company and community leaders. The class of 15 included employees from BlueCross BlueShield of SC, Capgemini, Duck Creek Technologies, Seibels and Software Specialists, Inc.

Facilitated by top regional experts, participants in the 8-month program learn about all facets of the insurance industry while developing leadership skills and significant connections across companies. In addition, the group works together to complete a project to address regional challenges.

For the class’s group project, participants produced a video promoting Columbia’s status as a national epicenter for insurance technology, featuring top company leadership. Notably, Columbia has some of the nation’s highest concentrations of companies and employment in insurance and related technologies, and its long history of innovation and entrepreneurship has created an industrial backbone for the region.

“[iTs|SC] helps create the attractive conditions for insurance technology companies to locate here, either as headquarters, startups or as branch offices,” said Eddie Jones, VP of Corporate Strategy at Duck Creek Technologies.

See the Leadership Insurance Class of 2017’s video promoting Columbia’s insurance technology cluster here. For information about next year’s Leadership Insurance program, contact iTs|SC Project Manager Will Schenk at

About iTs|SC: Columbia’s Insurance Technology & Services Cluster: iTs|SC is an organized industry cluster dedicated to making Columbia the place companies and people want to be and have to be for insurance and technology. Its mission is to maximize Columbia’s competitive advantage through a shared vision for economic development, innovation, collaboration and talent development to create the nation’s leading insurance industry. News, events, participating companies and information can be found online at iTs|SC is supported by the SC Council on Competitiveness and managed by Sagacious Partners.