Insurers, Brokers & Supplier Companies Celebrate International Womens Day

Insurance brands and associated supplier network companies have been marking International Womens Day. Here’s a round up of some of the comments.


Louise Johnson, director of product management, insurance, LexisNexis Risk Solutions, Insurance, UK and Ireland 

What does International Women’s Day mean to you? 

It is a great opportunity to shine a light on the achievements and ongoing work that women are doing across the insurance industry. Equally, it is an opportunity to highlight areas for further improvement – whilst this historically male dominated industry has already started to change, International Women’s Day can help focus in on additional areas for development.

What are your top tips for a healthy work-life balance?  

A good work-life balance is a win-win for you, the important people in your life and your employer. It is about having the space to completely focus and get things done in your professional life, whilst still being able to completely switch off from work and enjoy your personal life. For me, it is not so much about counting work hours versus personal hours but more about flexibility and planning to really make the most of both work and personal time. This might mean you plan to work longer hours one day to free up time for personal activities on another day or if that is not possible then simply setting boundaries around work hours and planning ahead to make the most of your personal time – be sure to plan “me time” as well as family and friends time.

What do you do in your everyday life to support other women in the workplace, and how do you challenge incidents of gender bias?

One important way to effectively support women at work is to listen to them. Listen to their opinions and ideas, give everyone’s ideas equal worth and importantly credit women for their ideas. To encourage other women I try to lead by example by sitting front and centre and speaking up in meetings, and by reassuring them if they seem hesitant or are being spoken over. I also seek to celebrate women’s accomplishments, make sure others are aware whilst encouraging women to “own” their own successes. I would say that over my career gender bias has greatly improved but all the same it is still undeniably present and when it happens to myself or I see it happening to others, I respectfully and professionally call it out – making others aware will help improve attitudes and behaviours.


There is a special event taking place on the 10th this week, here’s more;

This Thursday, to celebrate International Women’s Day, we’re joined by Mary Ann Sieghart, author of best seller ‘The Authority Gap’. In partnership with the Gender Inclusion NetworkQBE Insurance and moderated by Lloyd’s Chief of Markets Patrick Tiernan, the session will look at how we can tackle gender bias and help more women reach their potential. Hosted in the Lloyd’s building, the session will be followed by a Q&A and then networking drinks.

Register to join:


AXA has published some thoughts and insights from one of their staff, on the LinkedIn network. More here;

March 8th is #InternationalWomensDay, a day when we celebrate women’s contributions to culture, society, and history. Learn about AXA XL’s Senior Underwriter in Casualty, Sarah Tung, what drew her to insurance, the opportunities and challenges she’s faced and how advocating, mentoring and celebrating the accomplishments of other women helps us to “lift each other up”.

Check out this article and others, that highlight some of the women leading our Canadian operations.


Munich Re decided to go with their male MD making the Break The Bias crossed arms sign and a message of support. Not quite sure they have this IWD thing sussed yet. Here’s a link;


More in-depth response at Partners&, where the company is stating its male/female employee ratio, pledged to break the bias with a 50-50 split on gender in their Academy and are posting a series of innterviews with their female staff all this week, right across their social media channels.

More info here.


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