“You need to enable your model to evolve so you possibly can proceed to be forward-looking,” shared Anna Tan (pictured), head of extra casualty at Navigators, a model of The Hartford.
“It’s a lifetime journey of studying. Sometimes, you uncover one thing new about your self that you just didn’t know till you had been put in difficult conditions,” Tan informed Insurance coverage Enterprise. Tan is about to affix a panel of audio system on private branding at the Girls in Insurance coverage Summit in San Francisco, because the much-awaited convention returns to the in-person format in October.
“I suppose you possibly can name me a considerate decision-maker,” Tan contemplated when requested how she would model herself. “Once I’m confronted with challenges, I are inclined to embrace them as alternatives to replicate, to build up extra information, and assume extra deeply and broadly.”
Amassed information has helped Tan construct her expertise over her profession, serving to her be assured and decisive when the state of affairs requires it. However failure can also be a part of that course of. “There are occasions when I didn’t rise to the event, and you discover out a lot extra about your self then. However I nonetheless needed to persevere in tough conditions,” Tan admitted.
For Tan, this risk-taking high quality has enabled her to shine as an underwriter. Earlier than becoming a member of Navigators, she spent a number of years in varied underwriting roles in casualty traces. “Making selections that aren’t at all times so clear reduce and being held accountable is what I do day by day. It’s finally about making sound selections beneath excessive stress. I’ve to contemplate all vantage factors,” she defined.
Tan leads a crew of pros throughout the US offering options to the surplus market. The function requires her to assume and act extra strategically. Although she savors the problem and loves working with different people who find themselves inventive and passionate in regards to the enterprise, she admits her typical confidence typically falters.
“I used to be promoted to a job that feels greater than what an individual can do. I’ve obligations exterior of insurance coverage too. I’m a working mother, however I don’t need to be an absentee mother. There are merely not sufficient hours within the day to get by the work,” confessed Tan. “So sure, self-doubt creeps in, together with ideas about my readiness as a result of the job calls for a totally completely different set of expertise.”
Years of onerous work and dedication have firmly established Tan within the insurance coverage subject, however the quest for self-discovery by no means stops. “I believe the model that I’m aspiring to be is one I’m nonetheless incomes, and that’s to be extra inspirational,” she shared.
Tan additionally acknowledges the work that ladies earlier than her have put into the insurance coverage trade. Years of efforts to ingrain variety, fairness, and inclusion (DE&I) into corporations’ cultures have borne fruit, with extra ladies like Tan occupying management roles. However there’s nonetheless a way for DE&I to go.
“I really feel very grateful for the ladies who’ve paved the way in which for us to have a seat on the desk,” Tan mentioned. “We’ve many ladies with compelling manufacturers, but sadly, some ladies nonetheless get handed over. That’s why it’s so necessary for career-driven people to be actually particular about what they need to be recognized for.”
“Let private model embolden you” is Tan’s recommendation for fellow insurance coverage leaders – however not on the expense of your individuality and values. ”It’s simply too exhausting to maintain up a picture in the event you can not dwell it,” Tan mentioned.
“We must always enable our model to evolve by persevering with to do higher. It’s a journey to writer your model.”
Be a part of Tan and different feminine insurance coverage leaders as they sort out the trade’s greatest challenges and share methods on branding, crew collaboration, problem-solving and extra. The Girls in Insurance coverage summit in San Francisco takes place on October 4 on the JW Marriott Union Sq..
For extra on the summit and easy methods to register, go to sanfrancisco.ibwomenininsurance.com.