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Spotlight on Athena Graduate Katie Pollock

An aspiring leader who believes women can be both a parent and leader

Katie is currently an Errors & Omissions underwriter, at Berkley Canada and has over five years of work experience. She is a Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP) with the Insurance Institute of Ontario.

What was your motivation for taking the Athena Program?

Katie: A colleague of mine had taken this program a few years ago and recommended it to me as I would eventually would like to become a leader in a broader capacity. The Athena Program helped me to understand that I have to be more aware of the emotions of others and what drives behaviour. It also taught me to be aware of my own triggers so that I don’t bring negative energy to work with me.

 


"The biggest risk I have taken in my career was to switch companies. I felt that I wasn’t going anywhere in my previous role and since I switched two years ago I have been excelling. I now have leadership experience that will help me to go even further."



Who inspires you and why?

Katie: The Vice President of my department inspires me as she has been able to succeed and excel at leading her department.  She has a very broad knowledge base and is constantly looking to project her knowledge onto her team. Being in a senior management role, she looks after her employees by being a leader that we look to gain knowledge from, rather than a boss.

What is the biggest risk you have taken in your career?

Katie: The biggest risk I have taken in my career was to switch companies. I felt that I wasn’t going anywhere in my previous role and since I switched two years ago I have been excelling. I now have leadership experience that will help me to go even further.

What do you think is the most significant barrier to female leadership?

Katie: In my opinion, the biggest barrier to female leadership would be family responsibilities.  Taking time off for maternity leave and sick days to look after children is a big obstacle. Women can be mothers and excel at a career simultaneously.
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