Gunster Attorney Sha'Ron James

On March 3, 2022, Gunster, one of Florida’s oldest and largest full-service business law firms, will hold the inaugural Florida Women in Insurance Leadership Awards Luncheon, hosted by Government Affairs Consultant Sha’Ron James.

Women in Insurance Leadership Awards honor female insurance leaders who are inspiring and paving the way for others. Women from every facet of the industry, across all lines of insurance and risks, have and continue to make significant contributions to Florida’s insurance marketplace. Florida Women in Insurance Leadership Awards will recognize the outstanding contributions of these women and the organizations that support them.

“As a former state insurance consumer advocate, I had the unique opportunity to engage with insurance company executives and their teams around critical issues impacting the insurance industry. And, while I was at the table, in those very important rooms, there were very few women in those rooms with me. From newcomers to those with decades-long careers, we are honored to recognize women who are achieving and contributing within their companies, across the industry, and in their communities,” said James.

Nominations for the following awards are being accepted now through February 9, 2022.

  • Emerging Leader – The Emerging Leader Award recognizes an exceptional young woman under the age of 35 that has shown a clear commitment to and passion for the risk and insurance industry in Florida.
  • Leadership Pacesetter – The Leadership Pacesetter Award recognizes a woman that has taken the lead within Florida’s risk and insurance industry, within her company and/or organization and continues to set a high standard of achievement for others to follow.
  • Lifetime Achievement – The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a woman that has made a significant impact on Florida’s risk and insurance marketplace through her outstanding achievements and career contributions to the insurance industry.
  • DEI Catalyst – DEI Catalyst Award recognizes a company or organization within Florida’s risk and insurance industry that has demonstrated its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion by advancing programs and initiatives that break down barriers in the risk and insurance industry by promoting a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture.

James hopes “that through the Florida Women in Insurance initiative we will begin to build a supportive network across the state of Florida that will engage in critical discussions regarding the current state of diversity, equity, and inclusion in Florida’s insurance marketplace and develop ways to move the industry forward on this important issue.”

This event serves as part of Gunster’s Leading Florida Forward initiative, which is aimed at empowering and improving the community at large. Gunster’s Government Affairs & Lobbying practice hosts a variety of thought leadership programs, including dynamic CEO roundtable discussions and webinar series focused on insurance trends and the impact of redistricting on Florida’s businesses.


About Gunster

Gunster, Florida’s law firm for business, provides full-service legal counsel to leading organizations and individuals from its 11 offices statewide. Established in 1925, the firm has expanded, diversified and evolved, but always with a singular focus: Florida and its clients’ stake in it. A magnet for business-savvy attorneys who embrace collaboration for the greatest advantage of clients, Gunster’s growth has not been at the expense of personalized service but because of it. The firm serves clients from its offices in Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Palm Beach, Stuart, Tallahassee, Tampa, Vero Beach, and its headquarters in West Palm Beach. With over 220 attorneys and 200 committed support staff, Gunster is ranked among the National Law Journal’s list of the 500 largest law firms and has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Diverse Law Firms by Law360. More information about its practice areas, offices and insider’s view newsletters is available at

Jenni Garrison
Director of Business Development & Communications


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