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Telisa Yancy again named one of the most influential Black executives by Savoy magazine


Telisa Yancy, president of American Family Direct, is named among the most influential Black executives by Savoy magazine for a third consecutive year.

Telisa Yancy, president of American Family Direct, has been named among the most influential Black executives by Savoy magazine for a third consecutive year.

Savoy is proud to present the 2022 Most Influential Black Executives in Corporate America. In this issue, we assembled an elite representation of African American men and women who have been recognized for their executive and business leadership in national and global-leading corporations,” said L.P. Green, II, Publisher of Savoy magazine. “These innovative trailblazers have led efforts to foster growth for some of the country’s highest-performing companies throughout and beyond the US market." Telisa Yancy

As president of American Family Direct since 2021, Yancy oversees the American Family group’s direct companies – Homesite, The General and CONNECT. Previously, she was COO of American Family’s agency business.

Yancy joined American Family in 2009 as advertising director, becoming vice president of marketing in 2013 and chief marketing officer in 2016. During her tenure with American Family Insurance, Yancy has received numerous awards that speak to her leadership and expertise, including a Silver EFFIE, Ebony Magazine Power 100, 2017 AdAge Woman to Watch and 2019 GlobalMindeED Inclusive Leader Award. 

Yancy serves on the Boards of Directors for National Public Radio and Deluxe Corp. She’s a graduate of the University of Illinois and earned an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Business.

American Family has long been committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and that commitment has grown during Yancy’s tenure as a senior leader.

“I’m proud of our work to support communities and close equity gaps, including through partnerships and investments by the American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social Impact and the American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation,” Yancy said. “Our focus on employees and an inclusive culture where everyone feels they can bring their whole selves to work is equally important and has led to higher performing teams and stronger business results.”
In 2022, for the second consecutive year, American Family was a DiversityInc top 50 company, ranking 39.

Also in 2022, American Family was recognized for the seventh consecutive year as a best place to work for LGBTQ equality and received four out of five stars in the VETS Employer Indexes Awards. In addition, incoming CEO Bill Westrate signed the CEO Diversity and Action pledge, reaffirming the company’s ongoing commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

See Savoy’s news release for details.


About the American Family Insurance group
Based in Madison, Wisconsin, American Family Insurance has been serving customers since 1927. We inspire, protect and restore dreams through our insurance products, exceptional service from our agency owners and employees, community investment and creative partnerships to address societal challenges. We act on our belief in diversity and inclusion by constantly evolving to meet customer needs and preferences. American Family Insurance group is the nation’s 13th-largest property/casualty insurance group, ranking No. 251 on the Fortune 500 list. The group sells American Family-brand products, primarily through exclusive agency owners in 19 states. The American Family Insurance group also includes CONNECT, powered by American Family Insurance, The GeneralHomesite and Main Street America Insurance. Across these companies the group has more than 13,500 employees nationwide.