We are proud to congratulate our own Gail Boncek for being featured in the Salute to Women in Insurance edition of The Standard.
“Gail Boncek’s selflessness and drive to do what is best for our agency partners sets the tone for our entire organization as we strive to provide exceptional service. Her knowledge, problem-solving ability and sheer desire to meet and exceed the needs of our clients has been an incredible example for all of us at the N&D. We are so fortunate to have her. Gail has been an amazing employee on behalf of the N&D.”
Joel Murray, CPCU, President and CEO
Norfolk & Dedham Group
How did you get your start in the insurance?
I began as a key punch operator at Norfolk & Dedham Group.
What were some of the biggest challenges in your career?
The biggest challenge for me would be working with many different personalities over the years. I have had to learn to listen to opposing views and realize we all want what is best for the company. In realizing this, there is a lot of give-and-take to ensure we all work as a cohesive group.
Has the role of women in the insurance industry changed since you began?
Yes, and most definitely in a positive way. There are more women in executive positions who do an amazing job, as well as many more women who own and operate very successful agencies.
What would you tell young women who are interested in entering the industry?
First and foremost, there are many different facets to the insurance industry. There are many women who would like the opportunity to mentor a young woman just entering the business. They should not hesitate to bring their ideas forward ans should continuously challenge themselves as well as others. There is a phase which I believe is the key to success: Not only can the younger generation learn from the older generation, the older generation can learn from the younger generation. As a woman in the “older” generation, I certainly learn each day from the younger colleagues I work with.
How do you see women’s roles developing or changing in the next decade?
The sky is the limit! I envision more women leading agencies as well as companies. They have great vision, and I believe it will be a very exciting time for women in insurance over the next 10 years.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Be confident in your knowledge, and you can achieve anything!
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