Risk and insurance can be a highly rewarding career for women and men. Historically many have perceived insurance as a career more for men than for women – particularly at senior levels – but this is changing.
To improve the profile of women in the sector, in particular increasing the number of women at senior levels and in business roles, building the pipeline of younger career women in the profession, and making the sector more attractive to new female talent
What we will do
- Collaborate with the profession to better understand the barriers to gender balance in the sector, through dialogue, surveys and analysis
- Provide education, training and support to the profession both to increase awareness of the value women can bring to insurance business in all roles, and to proactively support the development and pull through of the pipeline of women
- Establish focus groups to develop and share good practice – such as returning to work, working practices, women in specific roles (e.g. underwriting), cultural change in line with research findings
- Raise awareness of legal and regulatory obligations, and risk management considerations
- Improve transparency of gender balance in the profession, and women’s careers in insurance, to support the sector to attract new and diverse female talent
- Leveraging leading women’s insurance networks to provide support to women in the profession (such as peer to peer, and mentoring), and to positively profile the profession externally through wider cross sector collaboration and events participation
The Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) has launched an initiative to help women to return to work after a career break. The site includes advice, opportunities and case studies from other women who have successfully balanced a career in risk and caring for a family.
Go to www.women.cii-talent.com to find out more.