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2017 Women of Influence: Dawn Lewallen

Senior Underwriter and Compliance Council at Stewart Title Guaranty Co.

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Dawn Lewallen is a game-changer with the breadth and depth of expertise that enables her to craft solutions for even the most complex title issues. Over the past year, she has led Stewart Title Guaranty Co. toward a fully digital closing process while promoting changes to more efficiently serve homebuyers using its services.

Lewallen doesn’t withhold her knowledge and expertise from others, including potential competitors. She regularly shares her expertise outside of Stewart, lecturing and writing on real estate and title insurance subjects for the State Bar of Georgia, financial institutions, and builder and real estate associations.

Over the past 12 months, she wrote and published a forward-thinking white paper, “From Hybrid to Full eClosing” along with a half dozen thought-leadership articles on behalf of Stewart. 

Lewallen has a long history of advising companies on legal and compliance issues and is recognized as a pioneer in leading industry-wide change in the title insurance industry. At Stewart, she spearheaded new training and initiatives to protect the consumer-company relationship at key touch points in the homebuying journey. She’s also helped the company maintain compliance while seeking out new, efficient ways to serve its customers.

One of Lewallen’s key initiatives has been her leadership in the creation of national underwriting guidelines for Stewart’s eClosing initiative. She also pushed for and received executive support in designing a more convenient, consumer-friendly closing experience for homebuyers. Never satisfied with the status quo, she’s constantly working to transform a historically stagnant industry into a forward-thinking one.

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