Polaris at the Women in Insurance Summit

On November 14th, two members of the Polaris team attended the Women In Insurance Summit. We spoke with Business Analyst Sylvia Ashpole about her experience at the summit:

“I have to say I felt truly inspired. A conference for women, by women, about women… I’ve never felt more at home. I think the highlight for most was Mandy Hickson’s presentation, combining humour (yes, us girls can be funny) with courage (she flew a Tornado GR4!) and determination (her success has been heavily influenced by failure).

The panel discussions were uplifting and enlightening, with multi-generational input. There was even a man or two involved- I guess they had to even up the playing field!

I think my takeaway from the event would have to be the benefit of mentoring, including reverse mentoring from an inclusion and diversity perspective. Although mentoring has been around for some time, my initial thought was ‘I have never had a mentor’ until I realised I have had many, from an inspiring teacher, my hard working parents, even my 17 year old daughter. We can learn a lot by building relationships with those outside of our existing working circle.”

For details on future events and opportunities for Women in Insurance, visit Insurance Business’ site.