Mentoring and mutual support


Isabel Silvestri

In the first of our columns from the Association of Professional Insurance Women Isabel Silvestri, its president, tells Intelligent Insurer how organisations like this have helped women break through the glass ceiling and create a new generation of working women.

first became involved with the Association of Professional Insurance Women (APIW)—an organisation that was founded in 1976 by a group of women insurance professionals in order to support each other and celebrate all the contributions that women had made to the insurance industry—in 2002. It has continued to grow from strength to strength and has been a fantastic network of support for me and hundreds of other women in the sector.

An example of its impact was evident in May of this year when we held a panel discussion which highlighted the current generation of female workers who have found a way successfully to combine their job with being a parent.

By taking charge, they have created a less rigid framework. This flexible approach has given women the freedom to alter their hours to fit in with their demands both inside and outside of work. An early finish to collect the children from school that is balanced with a few hours of work once they are in bed suits both the employee and the employer. APIW is really helping women to take charge.

APIW, APIW Woman of the Year

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