Nancy M. Mellard is Executive Vice President and General Counsel for the Benefits & Insurance Services Division of CBIZ, Inc. CBIZ is a national provider of integrated business services including Employee Benefits and Property & Casualty Insurance Services; Payroll Services; Human Capital Advisory; Retirement Plan; Accounting, Tax & Advisory; Business Valuation and other professional services to small and medium sized companies and individuals. CBIZ is a public company, listed on the NYSE as CBZ.
As General Counsel for this Division, Ms. Mellard has responsibility for all legal matters including transactional legal matters; negotiating contracts with merger and acquisition candidates, key customers, insurance carriers and employment related agreements; and managing litigation and E&O issues for this Division. She also has oversight of all regulatory, licensing and compliance.
Ms. Mellard is a member of the Senior Management Team for the Benefits & Insurance Services Division, providing comprehensive strategic-level business counseling to this Division and serves as the liaison to the parent company’s General Counsel. With thirty-five years of legal, regulatory and compliance experience in the insurance industry, Ms. Mellard built this Division’s Licensing Department and managed the legal consolidation of more than twenty corporations into a single Division for CBIZ.
In addition to her role as Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Ms. Mellard was chosen by CBIZ’s Chairman of the Board and CEO to build and lead CBIZ Women’s Advantage. This Program supports CBIZ’s female employee base of more than 2,000 employed in multiple professional roles across all Divisions of CBIZ. The goals of this Program are to recruit, retain and develop female talent within CBIZ and recognize the power of women both internally and externally. Professional development, talent management, networking, revenue generation, national community outreach and, most importantly, the celebration of successes of CBIZ woman talent are just some of the important goals Ms. Mellard focuses on as National Leader for this Program. CBIZ Women’s Advantage was responsible for generating and influencing more than $9.3 million in new business revenue over the last six years and was the 2009 recipient of the Dress for Success Worldwide Model of Excellence Award for its continuing support of Dress for Success. Ms. Mellard received three 2012 Stevie® Awards for her leadership of CBIZ Women’s Advantage: Gold Award, Maverick of the Year; Silver Award, Mentor or Coach of the Year – Business and Silver Award, Women Helping Women – Business.
Ms. Mellard received Missouri Lawyers Weekly’s 2017 Women in Justice – Enterprise Award, and the 2016 Stevie® Bronze Lifetime Achievement Award. Ms. Mellard was named a 2016 Baron of the Boardroom by the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association and one of the Elite Women in Insurance by Insurance Business America Magazine. In 2013, Ms. Mellard was named one of Kansas City’s 50 Most Inspiring Women by 435 South Magazine and one of the Top Women in Insurance by American Agent & Broker Magazine. Ms. Mellard was a member of Ingram’s Magazine’s 2012 class of weKC (Women Executives – Kansas City) which honors the most influential and accomplished women executives in the Kansas City area and received the Women Who Mean Business Award in 2010 from the Kansas City Business Journal, Influential Women Award in 2010 from the Kansas City Business Magazine, Legal Leader of the Year Award in 2008 from the Midwest In-House Lawyers Weekly and was named a Woman to Watch in 2006 by Business Insurance.
Ms. Mellard is frequently quoted on the advancement of women and women on board issues and you can access her blog postings at http://www.cbiz.com/Insights-Resources/Blog/cid/28?Category=nancy-mellard.