As they do this work, Coates’ goals are to inspire people to use their full potential, ask a lot of questions and take active steps to understand the industry better – contributions that are meaningful and will automatically deliver valuable returns.
“People were very giving of their time as I was coming up in the organization,” she says. “Part of my role is to pay that forward and develop leaders behind me. I want to be part of creating that environment where people can see their path and be encouraged, engaged and empowered to go for it.
“I get really excited when I see people make the same kind of connection as I have.”
Matching competencies gives women in insurance an opportunity
Traditionally, many industries, including insurance, have generally employed more men than women in senior roles, but Coates sees a shift beginning to happen, starting with Argo’s commitment to finding the right people to fill the right roles.
“There’s a growing awareness of our changing world and our changing industry,” she explains. “Matching a person’s competencies with the need at any given time means we’re constantly able to adapt around that evolution. And it’s created opportunities for women in insurance to advance.”
Argo’s commitment to developing talent within its ranks is a service to employees – regardless of gender – the company and the industry as a whole.