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EMC Named to Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership Hall of Fame

DES MOINES, Iowa (Sept. 20, 2022)—EMC Insurance Companies was named to the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership at Seton Hall’s inaugural Servant Leader Hall of Fame Induction. The ceremony and reception recognize high-profile individuals and organizations (nine in total) that are committed to the well-being of others, resulting in benefits to individuals, communities, organizations and society more broadly. EMC was recognized in the category of “servant-led organization”.

“We’re honored at EMC to be a part of this hall of fame event that recognizes our commitment to servant leadership,” said Beth Nigut, EMC executive vice president. “Servant leadership is a core part of who we are, and how we lead and treat others, at EMC and it will be an honor to engage with other like-minded organizations and people.”

Servant leadership is a leadership philosophy embedded in a set of core characteristics and demonstrative behaviors that place the primary emphasis on the well-being of those being served. While servant leadership is a timeless concept, the phrase was coined by Robert K. Greenleaf in The Servant as Leader, an essay he first published in 1970.

Awardees will be recognized at the Center’s ceremony and reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on October 18, 2022, at Bethany Hall, Seton Hall University, located at 400 South Orange Avenue, South Orange, New Jersey 07079.

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About EMC Insurance Companies

EMC Insurance Companies has approximately 2,200 employees and is among the top 60 property and casualty insurance organizations in the country based on net written premium. Employers Mutual Casualty Company (EMCC) was organized in 1911 to write workers’ compensation protection in Iowa. Today, operating under the trade name EMC Insurance Companies, the company provides property and casualty and life insurance products and services throughout the United States and writes reinsurance contracts worldwide. EMCC is licensed in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. For more information, visit

About the Greenleaf Center

Established in 1964 by its namesake, Robert K. Greenleaf, the Greenleaf Center is a non-profit organization working to promote the awareness, understanding and practice of servant leadership. Through his seminal 1970 essay, The Servant as Leader, Greenleaf launched the modern movement of servant leadership, challenging the traditional hierarchical approach to leadership by placing the primary emphasis on the well-being of others. Since 2019, the Center has been housed on the South Orange, New Jersey campus of Seton Hall University. Greenleaf maintains its independence and 501(c)(3) status, while benefiting from the University’s rich tradition of service and preparing students to be leaders in a global society. The Center's signature programs include the Greenleaf Online Academy, Greenleaf Research Scholars, the Coffee With Webinar Series, Next Generation Initiative and Robert K. Greenleaf Public Policy Lecture. More information is available at