At the CWC conference in Dana Point, California, I attended a breakout session called Women in Risk Management. There at the speakers podium was Angel Guerra-Chagolla, a risk manager with Arzyta Bakeries and Jennifer Lund, Sr. VP of Globa Risk Capital Insurance proposing to a moderate-sized group of women to battle through the industry biases and seek mentorship from established risk managers.
While the session seemed a bit more impromptu and off-the-cuff, it did engage the audience with the necessary proactive measures needed to further a woman’s career in the risk management field. They did both emphasize the various gender characteristic differences that could make a woman successful in the field of risk management. Those would include the ability for most women to show empathy and to relate better with employees rather than take an authoritative approach to workplace challenges, as would most male counterparts. That aspect of the session struck a nerve and did cause me to reflect. I imagine that with some reflection, networking opportunities, training and mentorship, it won’t be long until the ranks of risk managers begin to even out.
Ms. Guerra-Chagolla will be hosting a networking and empowerment event for female insurance professionals called Sisters in Business: A Female Empowerment Seminar September 27, 2018 at the Dave & Busters Event Center in Ontario, CA from 10 to 3 p.m. You can RSVP for this event at firstname.lastname@example.org
Best of luck!