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Lockton’s Maggie Spalding named one of Nashville Business Journal’s 2019 Women of Influence

When Maggie Spalding walks into Lockton’s Nashville office in Brentwood, Tennessee, she takes her time to stop and talk to Associates. Her mentorship-minded approach earned her the distinction of 2019 Women of Influence from the Nashville Business Journal. Spalding was nominated for the inspiration/mentor category which honors women who enrich and inspire the lives and careers of others.

“It still surprises me that women pass on opportunities because they feel like they don’t check all the boxes,” said Spalding, a Producer and client advocate in Lockton’s Nashville office. “However, our counterparts go after those same opportunities when they only check a few. I work with women to help them gain confidence so that they can seize those opportunities.”  

Mentorship and empowering women have been an intrinsic part of Spalding’s working style since she started her career nearly 30 years ago. She married this passion with the business community in Nashville by starting Women Networking Over Wine (Women NOW), a women’s networking group with more than 150 members.

Spalding started the group nearly 15 years ago where women who work primarily in male-dominated industries met over lunch to discuss challenges and opportunities. After several evolutions, the group continues to grow, even outside of Nashville. Spalding is passionate about connecting people, and they held their first meeting in Memphis this past February. 

“Women NOW has helped people find jobs, clients and talented employees. We have female executive members who freely offer advice and counsel,” Spalding said. “While I started the group, the women who participate make it the powerful force it is today.”   

In the Lockton Nashville office, Spalding is the powerful force many Associates look up to. She cultivates Lockton’s passionate and entrepreneurial culture through her involvement in the inclusion and diversity committee and through recruitment and onboarding efforts of female client advocates. Along with her fellow partners, she helped implement Nashville’s Most Notable Award, which recognizes an outstanding Associate that exemplifies Lockton’s values annually.

When she isn’t connecting professionals in the business community, Spalding connects people through Best Buddies Tennessee, an organization that pairs intellectually and developmentally disabled individuals with a peer buddy for a one-on-one friendship. The organization also provides job opportunities along with coaching and support throughout their employment.

“As a sibling of someone with Down Syndrome, I have been blessed to have my brother Mike in my life. He is a person of magnitude and truly an angel on earth,” Spalding said. “His influence on my life has led me to coaching the Special Olympics for more than 20 years and other truly fulfilling life experiences I would not have had otherwise.”

She helped create memorable experiences for more than 30 Associates when they volunteered for Best Buddies Prom, an evening of dancing and fun with individuals who have disabilities. Spalding also served as a board member for the Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee and was a founding board chair of Best Buddies Tennessee and continues to serve on the Executive Advisory Board.

Spalding served as a board member for Leadership Healthcare and was recognized in 2013 for Volunteer of the Year.  She has been an active member for more than 15 years, as well as a member of the Nashville Healthcare Council. She serves on the membership committee for Financial Executives International, the Healthcare Financial Management Association and the Association for Corporate Growth.

    
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