Ngozi Nnaji

Ngozi Nnaji earned her Master of Science Degree in Risk Management and Insurance from Florida State University and graduated Cum Laude from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (FAMU) with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Actuarial Science. Ngozi is a licensed Insurance Producer. She founded Ako Brokerage Services, LLC in 2017, after a 20-year career in the insurance industry. Ngozi recognized a need for increased representation within the insurance industry, seeing insurance employers continue to struggle with diversifying their workforce and creating inclusive cultures in an industry that has historically struggled to do so. Ngozi launched Ako Insurance Consulting, a firm focused on placing mid-level BIPOC talent in the insurance industry to increase diverse representation.  Ms. Nnaji is committed to creating opportunities for Black professionals to enter the industry and  thrive financially. She has created various initiatives to drive efforts in the DEI space. Her contributions to HBCU I.M.P.A.C.T. have been invaluable.

Rebekah Ratliff

Rebekah Ratliff is a credentialed former commercial insurance complex claims professional with more than 25 years of experience evaluating, negotiating and settling casualty claims nationwide and internationally. Seeing disparities in the industry and knowing the importance of representation, she founded CCM Consulting Associates, LLC, a national executive level training and DEI consulting firm. CCM works enable industry relationships towards equitable inclusion, meaningful engagement and retention. Ms. Ratliff is committed to using her platform to provide a pathway for attracting students to career opportunities in the insurance, risk management, financial services and legal industries through HBCU IMPACT..
Ms. Ratliff is a mediator and arbitrator with the Judicial Arbitration Mediation Service (JAMS), the first Black non-lawyer ever to be invited to join the JAMS panel of neutrals. Rebekah credits her career in insurance for the extensive subject matter expertise and transferable skill sets she developed as a claims professional for the success she enjoys as a dispute resolver. After concluding her tenure as the longest serving president of the Atlanta Chapter of the National African American Insurance Association (NAAIA), she was elected to the NAAIA National Board and was appointed as its Secretary. She is the Chair of Governance and Global Relationships Liaison for NAAIA. Ms. Ratliff also serves as an Advisor to the London-based African Caribbean insurance trade association, Equity City. Ms. Ratliff is an influencer in the global insurance market. Her numerous awards include the President’s Lifetime Achievement Volunteer Service Award (Obama PVSA) and a 7th U.S. District (IL) Congressional Award, for her work in alternative dispute resolution. She has been recognized in the insurance industry by Insurance Business America in the inaugural Leading the Change honor (2020), the IBA HOT 100 List (2021, 2022), IBA Elite Women (2021, 2022), Business Insurance Women to Watch (Class of 2021) and Business Insurance Alonzo Herndon Award recipient (2023). Rebekah is a native of Chicago, IL, and graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana, holding a degree in Psychology. She is based in Atlanta, GA and operates in the U.S, Caribbean and London.

Sha`Ron James

Sha`Ron James is an Of Counsel Shareholder on the Government Affairs team at Gunster. Sha’Ron received her Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Florida A & M University, a Master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs at Syracuse University, a Juris Doctor from the University of Florida, and an Advanced Project Management certification from Stanford University. Sha’Ron most recently served as the Insurance Consumer Advocate for the state of Florida, where she represented insurance consumers and the public before state regulators and the courts. Sha’Ron served as Division Director of the Florida Department of Financial Services’ Division of Rehabilitation and Liquidation, where she directed the operation of over 48 highly complex receivership estates with entrusted assets totaling over $1.4 billion dollars. Sha’Ron has extensive experience as a lobbyist and legislative advocate, having championed key legislation and public policy reforms that have been modeled in states around the country. As a result of her legislative advocacy, Sha’Ron has been cited in national publications such as the Kaiser Family Foundation, the Brookings Institution, and Consumers Union. She has also been invited to present to the National Governors’ Association, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, and the United States House of Representatives Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions.

 A member of Leadership Florida Class 37, Sha`Ron currently serves as the President of the National African American Insurance Association of Florida, Immediate Past Chair of Leadership Tallahassee, and Chair of the Community & Prosperity Community for the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce.

Yumeko Motley

Yumeko Motley is an attorney with well over a decade of legal experience specific to the insurance industry. She graduated from Florida A&M University (FAMU) with a Bachelor of Science and later returned to her alma mater to receive a law degree. Ms. Motley began her career as a paralegal and later served as Associate Counsel for Conroy Simberg,  statewide insurance defense law firm providing defense of personal injury, medical malpractice, products liability, first party homeowners/breach of contract claims and class action litigation. She later joined the American Integrity Company, where she serves as Staff Counsel. The firm touts itself as the premier writer of Florida homeowners insurance, has more than 285,000 customers and is exclusively represented by more than 1,000 independent agents who specialize in this complex and ever-evolving market.

Board of Directors

Vanda Harris

Omari Aarons-Martin