The Singapore Reinsurers' Association's Women-in-Reinsurance (WiRE) Sub-Committee has launched its first mentoring initiative - "Mentoring on the Move", a speed coaching and networking session sponsored by Aon Benfield Asia, with 12 senior executives serving as Mentors to reinsurance practitioners seeking career guidance and inspiration.
The event, held on 11 July, attracted 36 participants from 20 insurance/reinsurance companies who were divided into small groups and given 15 minutes to discuss a career issue or challenge with a Mentor, before moving on to the next Mentor. Those mentored included men and women.
In total, each participant had the opportunity to speak with six different Mentors for career advice on six core themes - Career Progression & Leadership; Building a Professional Network; Personal Branding; Building Confidence; Mentoring Skills; and Managing Teams. There was also an Open Forum for free exchange of questions on any career topic of their choice.
Following the speed mentoring sessions, participants and mentors were able to unwind and network over drinks and light refreshments.
Commenting on this initiative, Ms Mary Perry, Convenor of the WiRE Sub-Committee said: “Mentoring on the Move fosters interactive discussions, allowing participants the chance to get up close and personal with senior industry experts, and openly ask real questions and receive genuine advice and fresh insights, with real practical tips to inspire them to attain their career aspirations”.
As at 30 June 2017, the SRA had a total membership of 53, comprising 32 Ordinary, 17 Associate, 2 Affiliate and 2 Honorary members. All major nonlife reinsurance companies with a presence in Singapore, as well as some direct insurance companies that write a substantial reinsurance portfolio are Ordinary members of the SRA. In addition, several major reinsurance broking firms as well as some regional reinsurers are Associate members