Travelers insurance company recently sponsored a women’s forum entitled, “She Travels.” Launching panel discussions in major cities around the country, Travelers seeks to promote women wherever they are in their insurance careers. Cathy Kosin, Oswald Companies’ Senior Vice President and Michigan Market Leader (pictured third from left), was honored to be included on the panel.
The forum focused on ways that women can learn new skills and find tools to forge their own career paths with the support of others. Through empowerment, women are beginning to change the face of the insurance industry as people are retiring in record numbers.
“When you create a culture that supports career pivots, you hold on to talent,” Kosin said. She advised women to seek career sponsors who are willing to go beyond the guidance role of a mentor to take action as sponsors on their behalf. “Don’t be passive in your journey,” Kosin added. “Seek out those sponsorships and own your career. Ask for a career path and then be willing to receive it even if it means you have to grow or improve before you’re ready for the next step.”
Kosin’s perspective is reflected throughout Oswald’s corporate culture. With the C-Suite’s full support, the company launched a Women’s Leadership Council over five years’ ago. Its goal was not only to increase the number of women in leadership roles but to keep valuable women employees as they experienced the challenges of working while raising a family. Kosin firmly believes that work and home shouldn’t be mutually exclusive. She sees it less as a balancing act and more as one where both areas of life are fully integrated.
With flexible scheduling and the support of a company willing to meet you where you are in life, “You can do it,” Kosin says. “It’s just going to look a little different.”