2024 Programme Highlights

In the first session of the 2024 cohort the members met in person for the first time having had their indictions sessions & 1-2-1 Executive Coaching. The energy in the room was immense & it was wonderful seeing instant connections being made by this incredible group of professionals! In the session the group:

·     Got to know one another, instantly expanding their professional networks across the market

·     Explored what success means to them so they have clarity on their individual goals for the programme, making them easier to achieve

·     Discussed the value of a powerful & diverse network & how critical this is to career success

·     Evaluated their current networks using our mapping tool, enabling them to establish where the gaps & overlaps are & assessed where they need to focus their energy for the best results

Members have taken away lots of insights & inspiration already & will be meeting with their accountability groups over the coming month to discuss which of a host of strategies they can apply to build their network most effectively in their careers & most importantly,  to take action!

If you missed out on the January cohort nominations for May 2024 are now open, message the team here or e-mail ibc@theprogresspartnership.com for details.

2023 Programme Highlights

Whether members are navigating changes such as promotion or moving into a new role; from individual expert to manager or business leader, taking on a board role or facing external changes such as parenthood or caring responsibilities – transition is a theme relevant to all of us.

This event, hosted by Deloitte, welcomed a panel of esteemed leaders for an interactive session. There were lots of practical tips captured by the members & they left better equipped with the right strategies & inspiration to help them thrive & find fulfilment throughout their professional journeys.

In the final workshop for this cohort ahead of the finale our members talked about positioning themselves for success.

This session really drew together everything our members have covered on the programme so far. We reflected on their versions of success and how that may have changed since we first met them, and we looked at all the skills that they have developed since joining the IBC. The members discussed what they’re specifically going to do to move themselves forward to their version of success and how they’re going to hold each other to account to take those actions as they have done throughout the programme.

We’re so looking forward to the finale next month!

This fantastic live conference event is the culmination of the IBC members’ panel training experience. They presented live in front of an audience & received feedback from market experts boosting their skills & confidence speaking in any scenario.

Member feedback: “This experience completely surpassed my expectations. It was such a great it just gave me such encouragement to go and do it again.”

We’re thrilled to have launched the official IBC Alumni group this year with our main sponsor Deloitte which gives all members access to ongoing professional development, mentoring & network building after the conclusion of the main programme.

All members past & present were invited to attend the launch session where we were joined by Amanda Blanc, Group CEO of Aviva. During this fantastic event members were given the opportunity to ask Amanda questions about her career & leadership experience & she shared her insights & some great tips.

The participants were then able to network with IBC members from across all four cohorts further expanding their market relationships & recognising the difference IBC has made to these individuals & their careers.

This workshop focussed on how members can maximise their effectiveness as leaders. With practical tools to aide prioritising, members were able to look at the way they operate and discuss strategies to prioritise and overcome delegation barriers enabling them to delegate more effectively. The session also provided tools and guidance on empowering others and finished with insights on how develop strategic thinking skills as a leader.

Member feedback: “IBC has enabled me to really be an authentic leader. I often double guessed myself and the way I deal with my team, but now I understand that I am able to lead my team and IBC gave me the confidence to do that.”

This session took members behind the scenes of influence, revealing the critical elements they need to master in order to be seen as a credible agent of change & for influencing successfully whether that’s internally, externally or with clients. We shared tools & techniques that will maximise their chances of success by ensuring that their ideas are not only solid & stress tested, but that they have the skills and confidence to present them with impact & in the most compelling way to achieve buy in.

Member feedback: “I make more of a conscious and proactive effort to network. I use the influencing tool a lot. I’ve accepted Panel invitations. I’ve also been less conscious of speaking up in meetings and sharing my views. I’ve also sought to pay it forward by sharing insights with other colleagues.”

 

Through the sessions so far I have learned key skills in how to think, look and sound confident. This has been the most valuable learning for me. People generally just tell you to ‘be confident’ but having tangible tips and tricks to focus on is really helpful.From having difficult conversations at work, leading meetings or negotiating to presenting to clients or colleagues we frequently need to be able to perform under pressure with composure and credibility.

This session focussed on how we can set ourselves up for success by managing both our internal mindset & external persona to exude confidence, even in the most trying circumstances.

Member feedback: “Through the sessions so far I have learned key skills in how to think, look and sound confident. This has been the most valuable learning for me. People generally just tell you to ‘be confident’ but having tangible tips and tricks to focus on is really helpful.”

Seven inspiring female leaders from across insurance & financial services joined us for this group mentoring event. They shared their insights so members could benefit from their experience & answered questions on a whole range of topics the members often feel it hard to address within their organisations.

Member feedback: “I loved hearing about the background of the mentors and learning about their journeys to where they are now – these were all so insightful and really highlighted that there is no single way to success.”

“The mentoring taught me to go for it and not always wait until I feel I have the competence or that all the puzzle pieces are all in place. So many of the mentors I spoke to had quite complicated paths to their careers and it was great to hear how their attitude drove that. I learned that you don’t have to know it all first as a leader, you just have to go for it.”

In this session members discussed how to ensure that their value is visible at work & that they’re being recognised for the contribution they’re making. We shared techniques to raise their profile in lots different ways so that everyone could find a style that felt comfortable to them & we helped them find ways to talk about their achievements with confidence & clarity to ensure they are positioned for recognition & success.

Member feedback: “We rarely get the chance to discuss and benefit from the experience of our contemporaries, so this has been a very valuable process. It’s also helped me to view my career holistically, and to take a step back and assess where I have come from and where I am going”.

In this first group session of 2023 we introduced members to their new ready-made support network of peers from across the market. Here, they started to build relationships that will last the length of their careers. We also discussed key stakeholders, helping them to map current networks & identify gaps as well as sharing practical, actionable tips to help them fill these gaps & to deepen their most important professional relationships, their way.

Member feedback: “I would definitely recommend it to anybody who is looking to build their network and for inspiration on how to progress their career and personal goals. Exchanging experiences with club members as well as mentors has been very energising.”

 

2022 Programme Highlights

Members were joined by their managers, sponsors & mentors to celebrate the conclusion of the programme. Members shared their key takeaways &success stories from the programme & discussed how what they have learned has impacted how they operate at work. We also heard the insights & “golden nuggets” that mentors had shared that had made an impact on them.

We also had a valuable roundtable discussion focussed on the challenges organisations are facing when it comes to retaining & progressing female talent & what both organisations & individuals can do to overcome these generating useful actions points for all.

In October members discussed how they can best position themselves for the success that they want to achieve – recognising that everyones definition of this is different. We identified key stakeholder relationships & explored where they need to focus time & energy to get the best results.

We also discussed how to get the constructive feedback needed in order to develop & how one can ask for career essentials such as promotion, new assignments, salary increase, overseas secondment, team hire etc…in ways to maximise their chances of success.  As many of our members head towards annual reviews in December / January this was the perfect time to support them in planning for these important conversations.

In September we welcomed seven inspiring leaders from across the industry to share their career journeys, their expertise & to provide mentoring for our members. This diverse group of leaders shared these insights so members could benefit from their experience & they answered questions on a whole range of topics the members often feel it hard to address within their organisations giving that valuable external perspective. 

 

During July’s session of the Insurance Breakfast Club, we discussed “Maximising your Effectiveness as a Leader”.

Today was the session on leadership a huge topic for all of our members because they’re either currently leading or managing teams, or it’s something that they aspire to do in the future. We focused on  prioritisation and delegation, both key to helping maximise their effectiveness, helping them get out of the weeds get out of that firefighting stage and focus on what’s most important to the business.

During June’s session of the Insurance Breakfast Club, we discussed “Different Stories From Different Leaders”.

We brought five diverse leaders in from across the market to share their experiences and their wisdom with our members. They are different leaders from different organisations, different functions, different styles, different approaches, very different career journeys and perspectives.  We covered topics today from work life balance to what it feels like to start to leading a team.

During May’s session of the Insurance Breakfast Club, we discussed “Influencing For Success”.

The members discussed the challenges, how to over come them, the three C’s, which are critical for influencing around context, and credibility. We used a stakeholder maps to understand who are the key people in influencing challenges.

See below for an overview of our previous events & some of our fabulous member feedback.

During April’s session of the Insurance Breakfast Club, we discussed “How to Present your Best Self, with Confidence”.

The members completed Commitment Cards and we will revert back to those later in the year to see if their perspectives have changed.

See below for an overview of our previous events & some of our fabulous member feedback.

It was so good to FINALLY be back in the same room as each other, since Covid-19 restrictions impacted our ability to meet in person.

With more face to face events planned for the Members of 2022 , we will be looking forward to sharing more videos and updates throughout the year.

2020/21 Programme HIGHLIGHTS

The Global Pandemic and multiple lockdowns ensured that 2020/21 was a challenging time for everyone. However the Insurance Breakfast Club was needed more than ever and our Members were able to benefit from online coaching and skills sessions, with a wealth of experience provided by our wonderful Industry Leaders.

 Here is an overview of what we got up to during those sometimes difficult Lockdown months. 

2019/20 Programme Highlights

The 2019/20 programme started with 1-2-1 coaching in April & May 2019 & our first group event in June 2019.

At the start of each cohort we survey all members & speak to each person individually, to determine the key challenges and opportunities they are facing. From these insights, we carefully design our programme of events so that it is tailored to suit the group & their specific needs. We also shortlist the mentors we feel would be best to share their knowledge & expertise to suit our members needs.

Sadly our finale event scheduled for April 2020 had to be postponed due to Covid-19 but we will have this event as soon as we can!

Also as a result of Covid-19 we extended the duration of this cohort to provide ongoing support to members during lockdown & we’re delighted at how the community has come together at such a difficult time.

Session Overviews

1. Building your powerful network

We started the programme by introducing members to their new ready-made support network of peers from across the market. Here, they started to build relationships that will last the length of their careers. We also discussed key stakeholders, helping them to map current networks & identify gaps as well as sharing practical, actionable tips to help them fill these gaps and to deepen their most important professional relationships, their way.

2. Raising your profile to progress

Next, we discussed with members how to ensure that their value is visible at work; that they are being recognised for the contribution they’re making. We shared techniques to raise their profile in many different ways and helped them find ways to talk about their achievements with confidence & clarity to ensure they are positioned for recognition & success.

3. Developing a career strategy (group mentoring event) & summer social

Seven inspiring female leaders from across insurance and financial services joined us for this group mentoring event. They shared their insights so members could benefit from their experience & answered questions on a whole range of topics the members often feel it hard to address within their organisations.

4. Presenting your best self with confidence

From having difficult conversations at work, leading meetings or negotiating to presenting to clients or colleagues we frequently need to be able to perform under pressure with composure and credibility.

This session focussed on how we can set ourselves up for success by managing both our internal mindset and external persona to exude confidence, even in the most trying circumstances.

5. Speed mentoring

For this unique experience we invited leaders from across the market who were keen to support our members and provide guidance.

To give our members the best level of insight to their individual challenges we matched their first mentoring conversations with a leader whose specific expertise would help them.

After this, members were invited to choose their next conversations based on the mentors biographies shared in advance and this preparation led to what many say were the most impactful mentoring conversations of their careers.

6. Positioning yourself for success

This session looked at how members can position themselves for the career success they want. We identified key stakeholder relationships & explored where they need to focus time & energy to get the best results.

We also discussed how to get the constructive feedback needed in order to develop & how one can ask for career essentials such as promotion, new assignment, salary increase, overseas secondment, team hire etc…in a way to maximise chances of success.

As many of our members head towards annual reviews in Dec / Jan this was the perfect time to support them in planning for these important conversations.

7. group mentoring with market leaders

This session gave our members access to an incredible group of mentors from across senior leadership positions within broking, underwriting, innovation, technology & operations.

Having spoken with each member we shortlisted the topics that they most wished to discuss and curated groups with the leaders best suited to advise on those topics.

“Ice breaker” questions were shared for each topic and group to get the conversations flowing – and they certainly did! We were inundated with “thank you” e-mails after this session & are very grateful to the amazing mentors who gave their time to support our members.

All mentors will be invited along to the end of programme event in March (as well as our members’ sponsors) to hear first hand how their advice has made an impact.

8. Building resilience and setting yourself up for a successful year ahead

Key to career success is resilience. We focused the first part of the session on understanding how to build resilience, sharing the science behind resilience and why it’s so critical to health and career success. We looked at proven ways to build resilience and discussed healthy coping mechanisms to help individuals to thrive at work and in life. We then moved on to looking at how to set yourself up for a successful year ahead using some powerful reflection questions, celebrating accomplishments and understanding the barriers holding you back. The session concluded by looking at how to make plans spanning across all areas of life and stay on track with them to create maximum success.

9. Maximising your effectiveness as a leader

In our final breakfast skills-based workshop of the programme we discussed how you can maximise your effectiveness as leader. With practical tools to aide prioritising, members were able to look at the way they operate and discuss strategies to prioritise and overcome delegation barriers enabling them to delegate more effectively. The session provided tools and guidance on empowering others and finished with insights on how develop strategic thinking skills as a leader.

10. Insurance Breakfast Club Celebration Close event – Postponed due to COVID-19

The programme will close with a celebration of success for all the amazing achievements the members have accomplished. With leaders attending from across the sector, this session will share the highlights of the programme including a panel discussion with members of the insurance breakfast club. There will be a round table discussion hosted by industry leaders exploring some of the key challenges for women and leaders in todays market.

Member Feedback

“I would recommend the Insurance Breakfast Club because it creates a space for women to connect and learn from one another in a non-judgemental and supportive environment.  The course is tailored to the Insurance Industry and so the learning points/examples feel relevant and more memorable.

If there is something I’m struggling with it is helpful to know there are a group of women within the square mile likely experiencing something similar and would be there to help.  It would also recommend for career inspiration and training for anyone looking to return to work/get back on track generally.”

“It is an essential tool for anyone who lacks confidence, who has that voice in their head telling them they can’t do it. The club is absolutely effective in bringing people together, to help each other, to take accountability, motivate and inspire. The workshops have a lasting impact and you’re inspired to make change straight away!”
“Very well-tailored programme for bringing out the best in the members. The organizers have done a great job in selecting their members – all who have the same mindset and aspirations but at the same time, who are diverse in their backgrounds and approaches so it definitely has a collaborative spirit to it and I feel that this network will continue once the programme has finished. Along with the toolkits etc.  I’ve found the coaching sessions invaluable as well as the mentoring sessions and appreciate the guidance that has been shared.”
“I would definitely recommend it to anybody who is looking to build their network and for inspiration on how to progress their career and personal goals. Exchanging experiences with club members as well as mentors has been very energising.”
“We rarely get the chance to discuss and benefit from the experience of our contemporaries, so this has been a very valuable process.  It’s also helped me to view my career holistically, and to take a step back and assess where I have come from and where I am going”.
“It’s been a fantastic program which allows you to meet like-minded female peers and recognize that we all share similar struggles. The take-away material is great and makes the steps to progress seam less daunting. I left every session feeling inspired to make a positive change”.

Resources

All materials from each session are uploaded to the private membership portal so members have 24/7 access as well as additional videos & training sessions.

Toolkits

A summary toolkit is created for each session with key takeaways and action points to make implementation of each persons chosen next steps, easy.

Recommended Reading and Videos

We include a carefully curated selection of additional resources within the portal to give additional confidence, extra inspiration and ideas.

What members are learning

This is what our members are saying about key learnings for them:
  • Through the sessions so far I have learned key skills in how to think, look and sound confident. This has been the most valuable learning for me. People generally just tell you to ‘be confident’ but having tangible tips and tricks to focus on is really helpful.
  • I have taken away ideas on how to be more visible on social media.If you don’t ask, you don’t get. Make sure that your voice is heard in a rational and controlled manner.
  • I’ve learned that I am in control of my destiny, and career. I am my biggest critique and create my own barriers.  I have the power to change my mindset and perception of myself
  • That inspiring and motivating others can be as rewarding as achieving my own goals.
  • Building a powerful network is key in achieving my goals. How valuable a network can be and how to build out that network.
  • I shouldn’t be embarrassed to share my success and self-promote. Now I have some top tips for getting better at self-promotion.
  • Raising profile – I have had real difficulty in talking about my achievements and this session has helped me understand the value and benefit of doing this in a professional manner.
  • The value of having a mentor, or several to help give you some perspective and objective feedback.That it is ok not to have a set career strategy but I should take opportunities (and get out of my comfort zone and take risks) if those opportunities are of interest and fit with my values.
  • Navigating a career presents some sort of challenge for everyone and there are multiple valid approaches in response.
  • I definitely feel more confident and encouraged to broaden, develop and improve my work skills in order to progress my career effectively and successfully. I realised that at the end of the day sky is the limit while the opportunities are out there therefore it is up to me to grab and make the most of them.
  • You can have it all, just maybe not all at once. Life comes in seasons.

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