Stewart Congratulates Women in Leadership

Excellence is contagious. When you see it in action, it inspires you to achieve your personal best – and it energizes the entire team. At Stewart, we value skill, knowledge and expertise, and encourage our associates to go above and beyond.

Stewart is proud to congratulate leaders Dawn Lewallen, senior compliance counsel and senior underwriter, and Tara Smith, senior vice president and director of Agency Services, for being honored as HousingWire 2017 Women of Influence. Their standards of excellence are an inspiration to the entire company and create a better experience for our customers and partners.

Dawn has a long history of advising companies on legal- and compliance-related issues, and is recognized as a pioneer leading industry-wide change. This has been demonstrated repeatedly during her time with Stewart. She has been instrumental in spearheading new trainings and initiatives designed to protect the customer-company relationship during the home-buying journey. She also educates employees and executives on how to maintain regulatory compliance, while constantly paving the way for newer, more efficient ways to reach and serve customers.

Dawn is known for minimizing risk, while promoting the successful completion of business. She has paved the way for technological advancement in the real estate services industry by helping create national underwriting guidelines for Stewart’s eClosing initiative – and campaigning for executive support in redesigning a more convenient, consumer-friendly closing experience. Dawn is never satisfied with the status quo, and is constantly working to transform a historically stagnant industry into a forward-thinking leader.

To learn more about Dawn, click here.

Tara is a true leader in every sense of the word. She leads strategy development and implementation for Stewart Agency Services and provides guidance to other leaders across the title industry. She has been a passionate advocate for leading the company into the digital era and pioneering new initiatives designed to decrease cost and maximize efficiency. Her efforts have resulted in new technology integrations that have increased top-line growth and improved resouTara 1rces available to independent agents in Stewart’s Trusted Provider™ network.  She specializes in analyzing and resolving operational issues in a way that drives growth – ultimately impacting agents and consumers at every touch-point in the customer journey.


Tara is fearless in her pursuit of positive change. She has been instrumental to growing Stewart and the real estate and title industry as a whole. Perhaps most importantly, though, Tara is passionate about building up the next generation of leaders in the title insurance industry. She actively mentors those on her team and throughout the company, enabling them to achieve their goals and take a forward-thinking approach to propelling the company into the future.

To learn more about Tara, click here.

For the full list of winners, or to read more about the honor, visit HousingWire.

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