Insurance Industry News & Views - February 24 2022
Adrian Stewart is Public Sector Field Practice Leader at Travelers Insurance and Vice Chair of the GammaSAID Industry Council, Gamma Iota Sigma’s student-centered diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy that engages both students and industry stakeholders to amplify authenticity, inclusion, and diversity within the insurance industry. Adrian has over 25 years of experience underwriting and managing guaranteed cost and loss responsive business in Middle Market, National Accounts Casualty and Public Entity business units. We caught up with Adrian to ask a few questions about his path to insurance, and how insurance companies can attract new talent and foster a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Adrian, tell us about your path to insurance. What attracted you to the profession?
Heading into my junior year at the University of Missouri, one of my closest friends and teammates in college got me into insurance. He recommended that I apply for the minority internship program that he had completed the previous year. The program was designed for students to learn all aspects of the insurance business.
Looking back on my path, what attracted me to the profession was the opportunity to work with a friend who had already created a path within the company. He was a great mentor and taught me the importance of understanding corporate culture and building a network. After college, I was offered a position and received my formal training as a small business underwriter.
Over the course of the next 15 years, I worked my way up from small commercial to middle market and eventually national accounts. I believe my experience in multiple areas of insurance helped advance my career into the varies leadership position I’ve held over the past 8 years at Travelers.