Posted by: yacmichigan | January 27, 2016

How Women Are Changing The Insurance Space

How Women Are Changing The Insurance Space

Woman Ponytail

One thing I have heard over the last couple weeks in my industry is the word “trailblazer“.

If you think about it, that is a pretty powerful word.

In essence it’s really what we’re all trying to do on a daily basis in our space.

We are trying to brand ourselves as different from the masses and be open to adaptation.

This my friends is way easier said than done though:

Being a trailblazer in a century old business is to say the very least, challenging.

We have to be constantly thinking about the next step, or as I like to say, “find the need and fill the void“. This is what breaks you apart from other insurance agents.

This is the gold folks.

The reality of this business is that it’s always been a man’s business.

Business man

Gosh, I hate that phrase. What exactly does that even mean? A “man’s business”?

Whether I like that phrase or not, it’s something that women have been up against since we first broke into agency ownership and is still happening today. If I had a dime for every time a client asked me if they could speak to my “husband”, or my boss, or even asked how old I was — I’d have a nice little side spending account right now.

Whether men want to admit it or not, we are faced with some challenges that you might not ever think about, and can’t always relate to.

I don’t think I need to elaborate on the fact that we are expected to do all things in heels as well, right?

No little girl has the aspirations of growing up and selling auto insurance. Baby, doctor — sure. Veterinarian, absolutely. Maybe even professional ice dancer (OK fine that was just mine). But insurance agent — how can I say this nicely? Not a chance.

As a mother of 4 myself and owner of Integrity Insurance Services and Arizona Wedding Insurance,  I know all too well the reality of balance, and making a name for yourself in a business that’s not “built for Queens”.

If I listed every single woman in this business who have directly shaped my life in becoming an agency owner I would need 54 more pages and a heck of a lot more words. We as an entity have gone completely against the grain in even venturing into the world of insurance agency ownership.

As I have continued to move forward in my now almost 11 year insurance career, I am now just in awe at not only how far we have come, but how women are completely changing the game in the insurance space. I am privileged enough to get to feature a small few of these elite women here.


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