Errica Rivera joined State Auto Insurance Companies (Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio) March of 2008 as the Director of Talent Acquisition. After serving in that capacity for approximately four years, Errica was asked to transition to the role of Community Relations Officer for the company, responsible for leading community outreach, employee volunteerism, charitable contributions, corporate sponsorships and management of the State Auto Foundation. In 2015, Mrs. Rivera moved to Austin, Texas to assume a regional leadership role supporting our Western Regional office people development needs and community partnership goals. Shortly thereafter Errica was asked to return to a corporate facing role as Associate Advocacy and Culture Director. Corporate growth in the state of Texas led to an increased need for stewardship of State Auto’s commitment to the cultivation of strategic external relationships pertaining to community and government relations; resulting in transition to leadership as Director of External Relations. At the end of 2019, Rivera was approached about an opportunity to champion State Auto’s culture and commitment to diversity and inclusion. As the Culture and Inclusion Lead, Errica is charged with leading the development of our culture strategy, implementation of engaging Diversity and Inclusion initiatives while maintaining an intense focus on current and future associates in their journey to embrace of the comprehensive State Auto culture.
Prior to joining State Auto, Rivera was employed by Reach Media Inc, parent company of the Tom Joyner Morning Show (Tom Joyner – syndicated radio host). As the Director of Business Operations, Errica was responsible for managing Tom Joyner’s largest annual fundraiser – The Fantastic Voyage (over $1 million raised annually in support of students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities) and managed volunteer efforts for Tom Joyner’s annual ‘Family Reunion’ in Orlando, FL. Prior to working for Tom Joyner, Errica worked for Nationwide Insurance as the Director of Recruiting and Staffing and prior to that she was employed by Coca-Cola as the Olympic Torch Relay Spokesperson for the Midwest Division.
Since the promotion of diversity and inclusion in the work place and the development of future business leaders are areas of passion for Errica, she has actively participated in and organized various community initiatives designed to target diverse audiences. Errica currently serves on the National African American Insurance Association Board of Directors, Insurance Council of Texas Education Foundation Board of Trustees, Independent Insurance Agents of Texas ‘ELITExas’ (young agents) Advisory Council, Texas Risk and Insurance Professionals Society (TRIPS) Board Member, National InVEST Board of Directors, University of Texas at Dallas Risk Management Advisory Council, active volunteer and guest speaker leading diverse and inclusive conversations for various Independent Insurance Agents associations throughout the region, member of the steering committee for the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) Women In Insurance Forum (Southeast Division), Historic Lincoln Theater Board of Trustees (emeritus), Harding University Board of Trustees (emeritus) and founder of the Harding University African American Alumni Association. In 2019, Errica was honored with the Insurance Industry Leader of the Year award by the National African American Insurance Association/DFW chapter, in 2020, was featured by Insurance Business America for Leading the Change in the insurance industry and in 2021 recognized by the National Diversity Council as a 2021 DEIB Champion and by the National African American Insurance Association (national office) as 2021 Corporate Leader of the Year.