Ms. Workman was previously the director of training and education at IRMI with responsibility for insurance CE courses, IRMI certification programs, webinars, and the IRMI Energy Risk and Insurance Conference curriculum. She was also instrumental in developing the Agribusiness Risk and Insurance reference, and for a number of years served as editor of Practical Risk Management.
Ms. Workman has an extensive background in risk management and the insurance industry. In addition to consulting on risk management issues since 1986, she served as director of risk financing for Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation, one of the largest not-for-profit healthcare systems in the nation, and as director of risk management for Mueller Industries, Inc., a leading fabricator of copper, brass, aluminum, and plastic products. She was also formerly director of corporate risk management for Belz Enterprises, a real estate development and hotel company based in Memphis, Tennessee.
Ms. Workman graduated magna cum laude, first in class, from Union University, with a bachelor of science degree in biology. She received her Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation in 1975 and the Associate in Underwriting designation in 1979.
Ms. Workman is a nationally recognized speaker on risk management and business continuation issues, having spoken for groups such as CPCU Society, RIMS, the American Society of Safety Professionals, and the National Coordinating Council of Emergency Managers. She was cofounder of the Business Emergency Preparedness Council and the Memphis Disaster Recovery Business Alliance, coalitions of business and government for business continuation planning. Ms. Workman served as the first non-alum chair of the Ole Miss Insurance Advisory Board and was named Outstanding Supporter of the Insurance and Risk Management Program in 2006.
Ms. Workman is active in the CPCU Society. She is a past president and treasurer of the Society's Memphis Chapter, served as national president of the CPCU Society in 2005–2006, and is currently chair of the CPCU-Loman Education Foundation. She has also served as a regional vice president, national director, and chair of a number of Society committees and task forces. She is active with RIMS as past president of the Memphis Chapter and the Ole Miss Insurance Advisory Board.
Business Insurance magazine named Ms. Workman "Risk Manager of the Year" in 1992, one of the "100 Leading Women in the Insurance Industry" in 2000, and one of 80 "Women to Watch" in 2006. She was inducted into The Robert E. Musto Tennessee Insurance Hall of Fame in August 2002.