Women might outnumber men in insurance but that is not reflected at the upper echelons of the industry.
In fact, Jo Mason, CEO of New Zealand’s third largest insurance broking group NZbrokers, recently told Insurance Business that in broking there were only two female chiefs – herself and Gillian Granger, COO at Crombie Lockwood.
She added that opportunities for career development were available, but the lack of support from those around women who are mothers, wives, daughters was the problem. That lack of support leads to women electing to remain at more junior levels, or leaving the industry completely.
What can organisations do to support women’s careers and prevent the brain drain from the sector? Hetal Parmar, account executive - health and benefits, Willis Towers Watson & chairperson of Women and Supporters Inclusion Network NZ will be at the upcoming Women in Insurance Summit, providing tips on:
- How to manage the demands of family and career
- Engaging men with flexible work arrangements
- Finding the right balance to develop industry knowledge and career progression
It not only benefits women. Indeed, organisations offering flexibility within the workplace will likely build stronger relationships with their employees and enhance productivity.
There are limited tickets left to the Women in Insurance event. Book in now with your team to enjoy a group discount.
The Women in Insurance Summit will be held at the Cordis Auckland on Tuesday, July 24.