Overcoming and Succeeding: Accomplishments

Rhonda Sciortino overcame the pain of her childhood by building her self esteem through success in business.  She founded and built two successful companies using the characteristics she developed to cope with the pain of her childhood. The first was Human Services Insurance, the only retail insurance brokerage in the US founded solely to protect people and organizations that care for abused children. Founded in 1989, Human Services Insurance created exclusive insurance programs, was endorsed by child advocacy organizations, and helped negotiate millions of dollars of premium savings for children’s homes throughout the US. Rhonda sold this company in 1999.

In 1995, Rhonda founded Child Welfare Insurance Services, a wholesale insurance operation designed to empower insurance brokers throughout the US to become advocates for the child welfare organizations in their communities. Rhonda sold Child Welfare Insurance Services in 2008 to Markel Insurance Company and now serves as their National Child Welfare Specialist.

A sought-after speaker and trainer, Rhonda has presented many workshops and keynote addresses, most recently on Succeeding because of what you’ve been through and the Characteristics of Successful Survivors. She has appeared on The Today Show as well as numerous other radio and TV programs, some of which are included at www.youtube.com/rhondasciortino.

She is also a successful author and real estate investor. Her first book, Succeed Because of What You’ve Been Through, describes how Rhonda overcame the “crazy-making” events of her childhood, including poverty, filth, hunger, abuse, and loneliness, to achieve affluence, order, fulfillment, and excellent relationships. More importantly, she shows others how to use the obstacles in their lives as stepping stones to a great future.

Rhonda has served as a board member for several child caring organizations, and is a long time supporter of  the Child Welfare League of America, Vanguard University Global Center for Women and Justice, and Foster Care Alumni of America.  She is a founding board member of the Successful Survivors Foundation.   She passionately advocates training programs that focus on building and strengthening work ethic and good character.

Rhonda credits God for blessing her with opportunities and the ability to take advantage of them. She is also grateful to the mentors who have helped her along the way, including the teacher, Barbara Moyer, who taught her the typing and shorthand that made her employable; the insurance agent, Chuck Wheeler, who hired her at age 15; the CEO of the children’s home, H.H. “Corky Kindsvater,”  whose thank-you note prompted her to start her own business; and all the wonderful people at Markel Insurance Company who enable her to fulfill her “Assignment” of helping protect people and organizations that help youth and families in a way greater than she could have ever imagined.