And then there are the skills that the insurance industry is looking for.
For up-and-coming women in insurance, a fast-paced panel may be just what they need to ensure their skills are on track.
“What is the market looking for in terms of skills, what is the market valuing?” asks Adrienne Ostroff (pictured), CEO and founder, Athena Actuarial Consulting, who will be participating in “Fireside Chat: Accelerating Your Career – The Latest Scoop on Skills” at Women at the Insurance Summit at the W Chicago City Center Hotel on May 11.
For him, the pandemic is a hard stop, and an unscheduled time for people to stock up.
“Maybe we had a wake-up call that you burn out completely after 20 years of not thinking about that element of fulfillment,” he said. “You don’t want to look around and realize ‘really, this isn’t the kind of work I really enjoyed doing in the first place’.”
When your skills and the employer’s needs match, that’s great for everyone.
On the one hand there are skills that you want to maintain, and on the other there are skills that “take energy, and drain me.” Are the skills required by your employer exhausting you? If so, “I need another employer, just to get myself into another arrangement, with the skills I have and want to develop.”
“People want to follow their passions and feel fulfilled,” he said. “There’s still room for improvement.”
Questions and Answers
Ostroff looks forward to attending the event and hearing what people have to say during the question and answer session, especially the “harder questions, our event (attendees) bringing their own experiences. I feel is the direction many of these sessions will take,” with stories like: “My employer wants to keep doing this. And, I just don’t really believe that’s a useful practice. What should I do?”
This is not his first time in front of a crowd.
“I’ve spoken at several young leaders’ conferences, and I’m one of the co-founders of a women’s organization,” she said.
He also speaks at actuarial conferences, because he is an actuary himself, so “sometimes it will be a more technical panel, or the mix of skills, assessment skills, maybe technical skills, but in a context of a question of leadership,” he said.
He was quick to point out that “I love Chicago,” and “I’m really excited about this event.”
The conference came at an interesting time in his career, having started his own actuary firm.
The work he does there “obviously deals with insurance. It’s very insurance-based, but it’s not the usual community where I’m asked to speak or invited to a conference. And I think because the actuarial the work that we do is very different on the insurance side than people usually think. So I’m really excited to connect with this community of women in insurance.”
She added that it was a great opportunity to see other top women “working, contributing to the insurance industry from a different side than I usually see. I’m most excited about connecting.”
To register for the upcoming conference, please click on: https://events.bizzabo.com/women-in-insurance-ch-2023
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