Michelle Harm

It’s a new day for WIFS as the organization recommits to our mission of attracting, developing and advancing women in the financial services profession. The National Board is focused on developing programs that deliver expanded value to all stakeholders, embracing growth and establishing WIFS as a thought leader for women in insurance and finance. We continue to be a champion for diversity by exploring and engaging in opportunities with organizations that share a similar passion for changing the face of the profession.

A key element of increasing diversity in the profession falls in the attraction space. Introducing the profession earlier on in the career cycle is imperative if we are to move the needle. WIFS continues to engage in initiatives that promote the benefits of the profession to students through collaborative programs with college institutions including Wayne State and California Lutheran University. We’re also exploring ways to get students more involved at our National Conference given the variety of professional development tracks and networking events that are offered during Conference. Stay tuned, more details will be shared about this exciting new way to connect with students and introduce them to the possibilities in our industry.

A career in financial services is also a great opportunity for career changers. Often we hear that people leave their jobs because they want to make a difference. One of the things that I love most about this career is that it enables me to impact my community and serve others. We have to do a better job at advocating for our profession and communicating the benefits that we, as women, experience!

WIFS National Conference is a fantastic setting to expose those considering the profession to the positive impact that our community of support provides, firsthand. I invite you to join me and hundreds of insurance and financial services professionals in Louisville this October 14-16 as we Own Our Destiny. Keep an eye on your inbox this month for the program release and registration details.

Collaboration is at the center of everything we do. We are fortunate to feature a variety of industry thought leaders in this issue who share their insights on attraction to the profession, what attracted them to a career in financial services and other industry hot topics. When you read their articles, remember that each and every one of us has the power to contribute to change. It just takes that first step of engaging. Make the decision to get involved. Share your passion by volunteering to be a mentor, attending National Conference with a group of colleagues seeking support, or serving on the National Board.

Best Wishes,

Michelle Signature 

Michelle Harm, MBA, RICP®
2019 National President

 

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