Women in Insurance - July 15 2020
In this interview series, we profile women who are shaping the future of insurance. By highlighting their achievements and sharing their insights, we aim to have an open dialogue about what carriers, brokers and insurtechs can do to promote greater gender parity and diversity in the world of insurance and increase the number of women in leadership positions. This week, we connect with Alexandra Gladyshevskaya, CEO and Co-founder of SPOKK Insurance. Founded in 2018, SPOKK is a mobile application which aims to simplify the ways the millennials engage with insurance companies – from product selection, underwriting, quoting and purchasing to service and claims.
Alexandra, tell us about your path to insurance. What attracted you to the profession?
In 2011, I graduated from the University of Eastern Languages (Kyiv, Ukraine). My specialization was the Japanese language. But as I soon found out, there was almost no demand in my country for this kind of language specialist. At the same time, I was working toward obtaining a second degree in a more practical field – finance. This combination of language and finance gave me a competitive advantage and a unique set of soft skills. In 2011, I was hired as a manager in the international re/insurance department of a re/insurance broker. In 2014, AIG (Kyiv branch) offered me a position in senior management. I was young and hungry for the disruptions and, at the time, I believed that big changes could be done only within a big company with big people, so I accepted the position. But in 2016, I realized that the opposite is true: small, nimble startups can be the driving force for disruption and change within the insurance industry. And that same year, I established my first own B2B insurance agency to sell cyber-insurance. In 2018, together with partners, I established SPOKK, a B2C insurtech company. But believe me, no one dreams of becoming an insurance agent. Myself, for example: I wanted to build spaceships.