Introduce yourself to our audience. Tell us who you are and what you are currently focused on.
I’m Jessica, an active mother of two, mathematician whose been working in Insurance for 15+ years. I work in a branch office of a large global company; so have the benefit of a small office with the big global engine power behind it. I manage a team of 6 representing 4 different departments and love the challenge of helping them work in harmony. My hobbies include running, weightlifting, gardening, crocheting and reading.
Tell us about your favorite Ellevate Network memory or success story. Why are you a member?
I’m a new Member still looking to make a splash. So far I’ve dipped my toe in attending one event and registering for a squad.
What qualities does it take for someone to be successful in your line of work?
Time management and the ability to delegate is essential in my role as timelines are tight with little wiggle room. It is crucial to be able to recognize when shortcuts can be made or when there’s time to be creative and even over-engineer projects.
What are some career challenges on your radar?
One of the greatest challenges is modernizing an aged workforce with limited technical skills. Improved efficiencies and data management is vital to the industry, but they take resources and money.
We’d love to hear more about your career path. What led you to where you are today?
My campus has graduate interviews and I was fortunate to interview with a pair of women who were passionate about their job and were both excellent teachers. After almost 3 years and a lot of turn-over in the department I knew I needed to move on. I toyed with graduate school overseas, but listened to my former boss who suggested I give some interviews a shot. The first interview was promising and 13 years later I’m still there. At this company I was afforded the opportunity to travel and was promoted as several of my bosses themselves moved on to larger roles. As my title grew I was exposed to more departments and began to oversee more of the operations.
What is your morning ritual?
My house is a busy one in the morning with two kids and two dogs. The first hour of my day is spent packing lunches and backpacks, breakfasting the crew, school drop off and dog walking. I write a daily journal as the kids dress and prepare a morning greeting to my staff with a cup of coffee in hand.
What would you say your personal superpower is?
Multitasking of course!
What advice would you offer future leading ladies wishing to break into your industry?
Find your voice and moment and look for allies in the most unlikely candidates.
What is the best career advice you ever received?
Always have a goal. It’s easy to react emotionally or even fret about unnecessary things, but if you keep your eye on the goal then you’ll always be moving in the right direction and can pivot as you need to.
What is one piece of advice you’d offer working moms?
Having it all doesn’t literally mean doing it all.
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Vice President Actuarial, Data Analytics and Underwriting Services
I'm a mathematician with a strong passion for numbers. My present position is a function of evolving from an Assistant Manager through Vice President, adding new departments under my belt and taking on more along the way. I love puzzles and logic and both piecing things together as well as whittling them down to answer a question. I'm a wife, mother (2 young VERY active boys) and pet owner (11 Year old Chesapeake Bay Retriever and... Continue Reading
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