An insurance industry executive has been awarded a prestigious women’s scholarship for her work in mentoring and workplace development through gender diversity.
Insurance Australia Group (IAG) Executive General Manager Cheryl Chantry has been recognised for her efforts in supporting opportunity for men and women, and encouraging and promoting the benefits of gender diversity within the industry.
The scholarship was awarded by Chief Executive Women (CEW), an organisation that represents Australia’s senior women leaders, and acknowledges women who strive to support other women in business.
Designed to uphold rising female leaders as they move toward top executive positions, the scholarship sent Chantry to Singapore to attend the Negotiation Dynamics conference at INSEAD in May.
Chantry believes the scholarship has helped her develop new skills, but also enabled her to lead by example for other women who may doubt their achievements and abilities.
“Women sometimes have hesitation around recognising their achievements and putting themselves forward for things like this,” Chantry says.
“Having gone through the process myself, I am able to assist other people, who are up and coming with their careers, to be able to pause and reflect on their achievements and be able to articulate their story.”
Discussing the importance of supporting up-and-comers in their career paths, Chantry explains the potential the industry has in regard to fostering the benefits of gender diversity.
“I think one of the key opportunities is being able to tap into a pool of people within the industry that think differently and actually face different challenges in their lives. This actually helps us connect up with customers that the industry is serving a lot better,” Chantry says.
“We are kind of at a bit of a pivot point now where we have got a real opportunity to create some really exciting change.”