Advice for Insurance Professionals From Women at Argo

Advice to Young Professionals From Industry Veterans

Learn about the exciting diversity, complexity and opportunity of an insurance career.

Five women at Argo share guidance about the always-evolving insurance industry, opportunities for women specifically and tips for handling career challenges. Click on each image below to read their advice.

Laura Havice
Laura Havice
Senior Vice President, Head of Argo Marine
Laura
Havice
Senior Vice President, Head of Argo Marine
Be flexible.
As our world becomes more and more digitally focused, we are seeing higher engagement from the insured. As online portals for auto insurance, home insurance and health insurance are now commonplace, the insurance industry will intersect more often with the life of the average person. The insurance industry is constantly growing and evolving, and it’s our job to continue to innovate the relationship between broker and carrier.
Be curious and confident.
For young women entering the insurance industry, I encourage curiosity and confidence. Ask the question, then ask the follow-up question. “Why?” “What next?” Being curious encourages you to look above and beyond the status quo. Stay engaged and stay open to new possibilities – if you want something to happen, be the catalyst that makes it happen. Don’t wait for others. Be proactive and bold.
Be patient and tenacious.
When faced with a challenge, I encourage young professionals to tackle the problem with tenacity, patience and curiosity. In most cases, challenges arise because someone is overlooking a key piece of the puzzle. Tenacity comes into play because you must understand a complex scenario from a plurality of perspectives, not just your own. Patience then becomes important because some problems can’t be immediately remedied. Finally, curiosity: For an underwriter, the most challenging problems demand creative solutions. You’ll never arrive at the most elegant solution to a specific problem if you aren’t exploring the world with an open mind.
Sandy Zrimsek
Sandy Zrimsek
Vice President, Head of Garage
Sandy Zrimsek
Sandy
Zrimsek
Vice President, Head of Garage
Pay attention to details.
Insurance is complicated. It requires professionals to pay attention to details and keep up with constantly evolving state and federal regulations. Young professionals should know that their lives will never be boring in this industry. Insurance isn’t black and white, and there is a lot of room for creativity and innovation.
Expand your comfort zone.
The garage and transport sector of insurance is particularly interesting because there are so many moving parts, each with its own set of challenges. Whether we’re talking about state requirements for automobiles in garage policies or advancing in the competitive marketplace, we’re constantly updating guidelines or developing intricate strategies for these insurance products. I encourage you to dive in and expand your comfort zone. If you’re hungry for a challenge and determined to create solutions, this is the right industry for you.
Take the lead.
Young women are the future of insurance! Women have powerful intuition that can help make well-informed, efficient decisions. I urge women to speak up and lead.
Kendra Correia
Kendra Correia
Senior Underwriter, Argo Marine
Kendra Correia
Kendra
Correia
Senior Underwriter, Argo Marine
Be ready to learn.
When entering a new career, go into it with an open mind. Be ready to learn. Be a problem-solver. Seek out all sides of the problem to determine a well-rounded solution.
Ask questions.
Stay engaged, embrace who you are, and be confident in all that you do. Women are particularly skilled in building strong connections with others. Always introduce yourself to new people. If you can establish relationships inside and outside the organization, you will succeed. Participate and be creative.
Inspire others.
Be a leader and inspire others around you. Many times, the most effective leaders are those committed to helping their teams, solving problems and identifying necessary changes without direct supervision.
Amber Gargan
Amber Gargan
Underwriting Manager, Transportation
Amber Gargan
Amber
Gargan
Underwriting Manager, Transportation
Collaboration is key.
Because the insurance industry is so nuanced and demanding, the work can be challenging in ways that will surprise you. You’ll find very few people have all the answers.
Embrace curiosity.
I encourage those entering the industry to take as many different insurance classes as possible to broaden your horizons. No matter your experience level, embrace your curiosity and learn everything you can about the industry. If you work hard, ask questions and engage with your colleagues, you can be successful in insurance.
Kerri Irving
Kerri Irving
Underwriting Manager, Transportation
Kerri Irving
Kerri
Irving
Underwriting Manager, Transportation
Learn from each other.
Before I joined the insurance industry, I hadn’t expected the level of excitement this field brings. There are myriad opportunities across various risk types that come in daily. As more people enter the industry, it’s critical we learn from each other’s diverse backgrounds and develop new solutions to innovate in the world of insurance.
Think out of the box.
I encourage younger people to keep an open mind and to eliminate the phrase “That’s just the way we’ve always done it.” The insurance industry has embraced new niche markets because of the pandemic. Insurance professionals have been forced to get creative, and that’s not a bad thing. Self-driving cars, robotic parking systems, grocery delivery … the list goes on. With so many changes affecting the garage insurance market, I’m hopeful this next generation will contribute out-of-box thinking to develop new strategies to help manage risks.
Push yourself.
This might sound like a cliché, but keep your head up no matter what comes your way. You will face challenges and hardships and be pushed to the brink. To grow and evolve, you must push yourself, break out of your comfort zone, and assert yourself. There are going to be days when your confidence is in tatters, but remember, tomorrow is a new day and every setback is an opportunity for growth.

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