Kate Dawson, principal agent at Ferri Dawson Insurance Group, spoke with Independent Agent on the opportunities for women in the industry and the work that remains to be done. The article was the second installment in a three-part series that profiled women insurance leaders to celebrate Women’s History Month. Independent Agent magazine is the national publication of the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America (the Big “I”).
Sharing her personal lines expertise and her experiences as an independent agent, the article focuses on the future of the insurance industry and how to attract more women in leadership roles.
Some highlights from the interview:
What would you like to see change in the industry?
I think there is a lack of equal opportunity for diverse talent in senior roles. Women outnumber men in this industry and we make up nearly 60% of agency employees. We are making progress from where we were, but women only make up 31% of principles and owners—that is what I want to see change.
How can women play a role in perpetuating the industry?
We need to work to support other women in the industry. We absolutely need to highlight more women in the industry, which will open the door for more women to join. We need to work to take female agency owners under our wing and show them how to get more involved in the industry.
Advice for women in insurance?
Break that glass ceiling. I worry that potential future agents won’t join the industry if they continue to see it as what it used to be and what it could be. I represent this industry the way I want to see it in the future.
I also work to change people’s perception of the industry and insurance agents. I want to transition our appearance from a salesperson into a trusted advisor. I’d encourage other women to step out from the crowd, show your value and be a champion for other females in this industry.
Read the full article from Independent Agent Magazine below: