EP 14 – Janene Jonas – RiskCreative – Navigating Complexities: A Deep Dive Into Insurance Innovation


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Janene Jonas

Informed by over 20 years of leadership experience as a Strategic Consultant and Senior Leader for first-class global companies in the insurance, risk management, and healthcare industries, Janene Jonas founded RiskCreative to challenge today's norms of the benefits industry, innovating from deep inside insurance organizations to ultimately reshape the consumer experience. Jonas is an industry trailblazer. And as a Founding Member of the invitationonly membership network Punks & Pinstripes, she is one of 100 transformation executives driving change across sectors with the support of fellow C-Level disruptors. Jonas is pragmatic – consistently reframing traditional thinking and outdated practices into innovative, streamlined, modern-day solutions. Under her leadership, RiskCreative is eliminating unnecessary complexities within insurance. She is relied upon by global insurance companies and investors alike for her insights, unique practitioner perspective, and ability to broker strategic partnerships that lift both global organizations and start-ups with purpose.

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InsurTech Amplified really enjoyed its conversation with ⁠Janene Jonas⁠, the Founder and CEO at ⁠RiskCreative⁠.

Janene Jonas’ journey from the excitement of radiology in a bustling football stadium to the nuanced world of insurance in Chicago teaches us about adaptability, the importance of financial literacy, finding unexpected purpose, the power of empathy, and navigating complex industries.

Janene shared some pretty incredible stories, starting with how her Uncle Mike acted as an early mentor when she first moved to Chicago.

While Janene’s eventual move into the insurance industry was unplanned, it revealed itself to be a domain where she could have real impact.

Janene’s insights into the complexities of the insurance industry, especially in employee benefits, reveal the multifaceted challenges professionals face in this field. The industry’s intricacies, from federal regulations to state-specific laws, and the need to accommodate diverse client needs, demand a high level of expertise and adaptability.

Her determination to tackle complex issues shows the impact of creative thinking and persistence. Her journey is a powerful reminder of the potential for individual initiative to drive change and improvement.

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