Ayesha West, Everest Insurance
Ayesha West’s perspective is unique in the industry. “I am a first-generation immigrant with a law degree and an accounting degree who has also worked as a reinsurance broker, primary underwriter and placement broker,” she says. “I find it intuitive to find solutions, common ground and ways forward where they may not be immediately obvious to others.”
West got her start in the industry courtesy of Third Point Re CEO Dan Malloy, and she’s determined to pay it forward. She co-founded The Water Street Club, which offers educational events, networking and mentoring opportunities to underrepresented insurance professionals.
“If insurance organizations only attract small numbers of underrepresented employees, they will struggle to understand, nurture, promote and retain them, fostering a cycle of underrepresentation,” West says. “My driving motivation is to positively impact economic equality for people of all backgrounds.”