Now, more than ever, there's a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity. There's a strong call to #PressforProgress, motivating and uniting friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.
This International Women's Day, Valeska Mathews a broking, claims & underwriting consultant in our Singapore office, sat down with Kabita Karthigeyan, head of employee benefits at JLT Singapore to find out her views on what being a woman in insurance means today.
Do you have any secrets to having a successful career in Insurance?
Success in my career is defined by how many lives I have influenced. The ability to nurture leaders and successors.
What do you think will be the biggest challenge for the generation of women behind you in the workplace?
A big challenge for many women in workplace is the ability to balance their need to be successful at home with their drive for a successful and challenging career.
What advice would you give aspiring women in the Insurance industry?
Never set any limitations on yourself. Always keep pushing the bar and redefining what success looks like, as you progress. Having a great family life and a thriving career is possible.
How do you achieve work life balance?
Prioritising the important things at the right time and being smart about time management.
What do you think is the most significant barrier to female leadership?
Biasness and perceived gender definitions (a woman leader is supposed to behave a certain way and a male leader in another way).
Who inspires you and why?
People who had challenges and have risen above them to better their lives and the lives of others around them for example Hellen Keller and Nick Vujicic who both defined their situation and didn’t allow their situation to define them.
We would like to thank Kabita Karthigeyan for taking the time to share her thoughts with us.