Insurance Industry News & Views - April 21 2021
Marguerite Tortorello is Managing Director of the Insurance Careers Movement, a grassroots industrywide initiative supported by more than 1,000 global industry organizations that seeks to inspire young people to choose insurance as a career, share what makes the industry a great one to work in, and collaborate to retain emerging leaders in insurance. Among its many events and programs, the Insurance Careers Movement runs February Insurance Careers Month, now in its fifth year of highlighting insurance as stable, rewarding, and limitless career. The Insurance Careers Movement is driven by Insurity, the American Property Casualty Insurance Association, the Jacobson Group, AM Best, and Hamilton. We caught up with Marguerite to ask a few questions about the challenges that insurance companies face in recruiting new talent, the impact of the pandemic on the early talent pipeline, and how to make insurance more attractive to a younger generation of employees.
Marguerite, it’s often said that nobody chooses a career in insurance; they fall into the industry. You have an interesting background, including serving in the White House during the George W. Bush Administration. Tell us about your path to insurance. What attracted you to the profession?
I worked for the Texas Rangers Baseball Club and President George W. Bush was part of our ownership group. David Sampson was President of the Arlington Texas Chamber of Commerce and I worked with David’s team on special events. I had the opportunity to work for Assistant Secretary David Sampson at the Department of Commerce and then served as Special Assistant to President Bush at the White House. I worked for the Bush Administration during September 11th, the war on terror, and Hurricane Katrina. I’m drawn to helping people and communities in times of need and know first hand the power of strong collaboration at the local, state and federal levels. When I returned home to Chicago, I had the opportunity to work at Allstate and then went to work for David Sampson again as Senior Vice President of Communications for the Property Casualty Insurance Association. I now lead the Insurance Careers Movement and love how the industry is collaborating to inspire more people to choose insurance as a career and to expand diversity and inclusion in the industry.