Women in Insurance - August 25 2021
In this interview series, we profile women who are shaping the future of insurance. This week, we speak with Meg McKeen, CIC, Founder and Chief Confidence Builder, Adjunct Advisors. With 21 years of experience on both the insurance carrier and independent agency sides of the business, and as a Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and licensed independent insurance agent, Meg leverages her strong technical background, keen interpersonal skills, and leadership acumen to help insurance sales professionals find and leverage their own unique voice in an industry that is craving a new perspective on what it means to sell insurance. Named one of Insurance Business America’s 2021 Elite Women and one of their Hot 100 for 2021, recognizing her contributions to the insurance industry, Meg is a frequent speaker at insurance industry conferences and events and hosts Bound & Determined℠, a podcast for and by women in insurance. A graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University and currently a digital nomad, when she isn’t coaching insurance sales professionals, you can find Meg putting the “practice” into yoga practice, searching for the best vegan burger, or enjoying live music.
Meg, before founding Adjunct Advisors, you worked both as an underwriter and agent. Tell us about your path to insurance. What attracted you to the profession?
Truth time: my career in insurance started with a broken heart! It was an employee’s job market when I graduated from college in Central Illinois with a liberal arts degree, and entry-level opportunities were plentiful. Instead of jobs in pharmaceutical sales or event planning, I chose an underwriting training position with a regional insurance company in another state – largely because it simply offered a fresh start. As I continued to grow in my own awareness of myself, the insurance industry provided a place, with opportunities and with challenges, to meet me where I could perform at my best and truly thrive. I never tire of telling this story, as it’s such an important reminder that we are living our personal and professional lives simultaneously – and one will very much influence the other.