Norwalk native captures work comp industry award

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COLUMBUS - Norwalk native Kendra DePaul was named one of 11 rising leaders in the workers' compensation industry during an international conference today in Portland, Oregon.

DePaul, a program manager for the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC), was named a NexGen winner by the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC). Short for Next Generation, the award recognizes talented new leaders in workers' compensation who are making their mark.

"This award is really a tribute to the leadership at BWC and the coworkers who have guided me along the way," said DePaul, who graduated from St. Paul High School in 2005 and Ashland University in 2009.

DePaul won for her work in building and managing BWC's Other States Coverage program, which insures Ohio employers for workplace injuries when they're working outside the state. The program started in 2016 and today covers Ohio-based businesses with operations in 44 other states and the District of Columbia.

BWC Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison said she was delighted, but not surprised, by DePaul's award.

"Kendra is one of the reasons BWC is on its way to being a world-class workers' compensation carrier," Morrison said. "As I tell people all over this state, BWC is loaded with talented people who represent the best in public service."

As a winner, DePaul attended the four-day conference and participated in a panel discussion about the future of the work comp industry. In addition, she and BWC will be featured in the October issue of IAIABC's Perspectives magazine.

DePaul is a member of the American Association of State Compensation Insurance Funds (AASCIF) Underwriting and ERM committee. She also is a Certified Workers' Compensation Professional. She joined BWC in 2012 and resides in Columbus with her husband Andrew. Her photo can be found here.

Media Contacts:

Melissa Vince, 614-466-2956 or 614-202-2329, melissa.vince@bwc.state.oh.us

Tony Gottschlich, 614-644-4940 or 614-296-1734, anthony.gottschlich@bwc.state.oh.us

Established in 1912, the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation provides workers' compensation insurance to 244,000 public and private Ohio employers. With nearly 1,900 employees and assets of approximately $27 billion, BWC is the largest state-run insurance system in the United States. Our mission is to protect Ohio's workers and employers through the prevention, care and management of workplace injuries and illnesses at fair rates. For more, visit www.bwc.ohio.gov.

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