Celebrating Navacord’s Remarkable Women – Danielle Gorst
What does the 2021 International Women’s Day slogan, #Choosetochallenge mean for you in your work life?
It means we celebrate the achievement of women within Navacord and the insurance industry as a whole, constantly challenging gender inequality and biases.
Your current job is Financial Lines Practice Leader for Navacord. Is this role what you expected to be in when you started in the workforce? How did it change? Tell us about your journey.
This role was designed for me and allowed me the opportunity to create and develop the role over the past two years with the support of Navacord’s leadership.
What barriers have you faced, as a woman, in becoming successful in your field? How did you overcome them?
As a working mom of two beautiful children I took maternity leaves with both my children, and each time feeling as though I lost of year of progress within the organization in terms of salary increases/profit sharing, and potential lost opportunities that came up while I was on leave. I quickly overcame these barriers with open dialogue with my employers who were also making great strides in gender equality at the time. Working hard, showing your worth, using your voice, and having supportive and progressive employers were all key pieces to overcoming these barriers.
Based on your own experience, what advice would you give to women considering jumping into the insurance industry?
Having been in the insurance industry for over 20 years I recognize the difference women have made in this field. Some of the top organizations are lead by females who have mentored and supported me throughout my career. The insurance industry has also proven to be a very stable and prosperous industry even in an economic downturn like 2020. Jobs are plentiful as a new entrants to the industry or seasoned professionals!
How important is it for women to lift each other up and what does that mean to you?
There have been many moments in my career where I felt I needed to be picked up and it was in those moments I was supported by wonderful women around me in my personal life and professional life. The truth is “when women support each other, incredible things happen.”