Allianz Life Supports Women in Financial Services with 5th Annual WOMENETWORK Symposium

  Allianz Life Supports Women in Financial Services with 5th Annual

           Event Features Top Women Leaders in Retirement Planning

Business Wire

MINNEAPOLIS -- April 24, 2013

Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America (Allianz Life^®) is sponsoring
its fifth annual WOMENETWORK^® Symposium that harnesses the company’s insights
into the women’s market while highlighting top women leaders in retirement
planning. Those invited to the Symposium hear powerful findings from the
company’s extensive retirement research, including the new 2013 Women, Money &
Power Study*, as well as information about innovative financial product

“Our latest Women, Money and Power Study tells us that women have a strong
interest in learning about financial and retirement planning, but need more
help with translating financial material and getting fully engaged in the
planning process,” said Sherri Du Mond, senior vice president of Distribution
Training for Allianz Life. “The WOMENETWORK symposium gives top women
financial professionals the opportunity to connect and explore the most
effective ways to help clients build more confidence about their financial

Held April 24-26 in Minneapolis, the WOMENETWORK Symposium features a best
practices panel by top women producers, marketing and networking sessions, and
presentations to help these financial professionals build their practice,
focusing on retirement planning strategies and improving bottom-line

Nearly 50 top women financial professionals from across the United States
attend the WOMENETWORK Symposium. This year, the event is highlighted by
keynote speaker Stephen J. Harvill, who will share insights on the power of
strategic simplicity via a dynamic, multimedia, interactive learning

Through the WOMENETWORK Symposium, Allianz Life works to strengthen the
community of women financial professionals and their ability to assist their
clients in achieving financial objectives. Although only 38% of women reported
having a financial professional  in the latest Women, Money & Power Study, the
majority (77%) who work with one said they were more confident and prepared
for their financial future.

Allianz Life Focuses on Women Leaders

Beyond its commitment to learn about women’s financial needs and serve as a
leader in understanding the “women’s market,” Allianz Life embraces women in
leadership as part of its corporate culture. At Allianz Life, women leaders
are supported and encouraged at all levels with more than one-third of its top
leadership roles held by women.

The GROW Employee Resource Group, which stands for Grow and Retain Outstanding
Women, was launched in 2011 to enhance career development for women at Allianz
Life as well as engage employees on women’s issues through awareness and
education. Employees have cited the GROW group as one reason why Allianz Life
was cited as one of FORTUNE’s 100 Best Companies to Work for in 2013. The
company also maintains a strong presence from women leaders within the
organization. In addition to the four female members of the nine-person
Executive Leadership Group, more than 30 percent of the company’s Senior
Leadership Group is comprised of women.

About Allianz Life

Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America, one of FORTUNE’s 100 Best
Companies to Work For in 2013, has been keeping its promises since 1896.
Today, it carries on that tradition, helping Americans achieve their
retirement income and protection goals with a variety of annuities and life
insurance products. As a leading provider of fixed index annuities, Allianz
Life is part of Allianz SE, a global leader in the financial services industry
with 142,000 employees worldwide. More than 78 million private and corporate
customers rely on Allianz knowledge, global reach, and capital strength to
help them make the most of financial opportunities.

*The 2013 Allianz Life Women, Money & Power Study was conducted by Larson
Research + Strategy in December 2012 with more than 2,000 women, ages 25-75,
with household income of $30,000/year or higher. The results presented
represent the percentage of the women who responded to each respective
question or set of questions.


Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America
Sara Thurin Rollin, 763-765-6703
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