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Ask the Leaders is a one-of-a-kind series geared towards helping young professionals grow into leaders within the professional lines community. The guests on Ask the Leaders provide insight into their experiences, knowledge and lessons learned that have helped them develop into some of the top leaders in their field. Topics include career advancement tips, networking opportunities, goal setting, and outside experience needed to become a leader! Ask the Leaders wants to partner with leaders from all sectors of the industry. We are always looking for suggestions for future guests and topics to help grow the future of the industry! There is no better time to become a leader than right now!



Renee Krause is the founder and owner of Lawyers Choice, LLC; a Denver Colorado based, national insurance brokerage specializing in Malpractice, Cyber-Data Breach, and Employment Practices Liability Insurance for law firms. Renee has over 21 years of experience in the insurance industry. She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Radford University and a Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Renee worked for several law firms in the Denver Metro Area before shifting her career into the lawyer’s insurance space. Renee was the Vice President of the Lawyers Program of ANLIR, American National Lawyers Insurance Reciprocal. She also worked as a broker for JP Flanagan and Hub International before forming her own brokerage in 2005.

Melisa Zeunert has over 15 years of insurance experience. Melisa joined The Hanover October 2021 and oversees underwriting and distribution of Management Liability in the West Region. Prior to The Hanover, Melisa held various positions at Philadelphia Insurance in their Management and Professional Liability Division as the Regional Underwriting Manager of the North Central and Ohio Valley regions overseeing Private and Not for Profit underwriting segments for Management Liability, Cyber Liability, and Miscellaneous Professional Liability. Melisa graduated from North Central College with a Major in Business Administration and a Minor in Communications. Additionally, Melisa also received her MBA from North Central College. Melisa resides in Naperville, IL with her husband Matt and their two daughters, Aubrey and Carley.




The Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS) is the only association created exclusively by and for the entire professional liability insurance industry. It is recognized as the primary source of professional liability educational programs and seminars, networking events, educational products, and information regarding professional liability. Membership consists of over 35,000 individuals, representing over 1,000 companies active in the many fields of professional liability. PLUS currently receives the support of more than 180 companies through corporate membership.