Influential women in re/insurance: re/insurers and brokers
OF OF 2017
Company: Brown & Riding
Job title: Executive vice president
1996: Executive vice president, Brown & Riding
1984: Account executive, Leavitt, Fox & Chalker,
Beverly Hills, CA
serving in public entity, private, and non-profit organisations.
Through my experience with her, I never saw being a
woman as something that would hinder my ability to grow,
and watching her made me realise that being a woman has
nothing to do with what one can accomplish.
I also landed at Brown & Riding with another great leader
whose unwavering passion for perfection has helped me and
my colleagues to continuously improve.
What has been the biggest challenge you have encountered?
In the early stages of my retail and wholesale career it was a
hard market, and navigating market conditions were the big
challenges. Today, we’re having to adjust to market challenges
of a different kind, and I certainly have learned that market
conditions are par for the course and you must be ahead
of the curve. I feel all aspects of running and growing a
successful business need to be addressed in concert, reviewed,
and regularly analysed. The world changes quickly.
If you had chosen a different profession/career path, what
would it have been?
Marketing and advertising; as I like the need to understand
the psyche of your audience, and to figure out how to best
present a situation or product to capture their interest. I’ve
always had an interest in interior design, and it’s something
that I tell myself I will get to one day.
Why did you choose to work in this industry?
I was introduced to someone who had a job vacancy on the
retail side of the industry. I went to the interview but wasn’t
hired as they felt my degree and prior experience in sales and
marketing was not a match for account servicing. However,
I must have made an impression because later they called, to
offer me a job at an entry-level position.
I worked my way up to account executive and enjoyed the
work, but as I learned more about the industry, I realised
the wholesale side challenges were better suited to my
personality. So, I started looking, and found Brown & Riding.
I enjoy being exposed to a lot of different aspects of the
business world where you have to wear variety of hats and
analyse risk, opportunity, and the overall situation from
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
There have been a number of highlights. I am proud of starting
at B&R without an assistant but helping the company build
a strong presence in California and eventually expanding
across the country. We’ve had a couple of mergers, which
were great expansions for B&R and the companies coming
together helped everyone achieve more than we could on
I am proud of our people and have really enjoyed building a
solid team of highly skilled professionals who always put the
client’s interests first. Brown & Riding has a unique culture,
conducive to a truly cohesive team. I don’t know if I had
anything to do with that, but I really enjoy that we function
as one team nationwide.
I am also extremely fortunate to have worked closely with
a pioneer; a woman who was very accomplished in an
era where most women in the workforce were in support
roles. She was the principal owner of the firm, while also
“I never saw being a woman as
something that would hinder my
ability to grow.”
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