Series 2: Episode 2 – Women redefining insurance

In this episode, Donna Scully, Carpenters Group, and Sandra Lewin, InsurSocial Agency, discuss their careers and experience in the insurance industry. They open up about the challenges they have faced and how they have manoeuvred through this to get to where they are now.
Sarah Myerscough, Sandra Lewin & Donna Scully
Key Takeaways
  • Donna and Sandra share their experiences as women in the insurance industry and how they have seen a development in women being seen as equal.
  • Their tips for excelling in your career in the industry.
  • What they think about mentoring, nurturing your employees and how to encourage more young talent into the industry.
Quotes of the Episode

‘’When I look back now obviously I was drowning in imposter syndrome but I didn’t realise at the time. It was quite sexist and it was very hard to feel relevant, and to get your voice heard, it was before ’Me Too’ and there was a lot of sexual harassment. If you wanted to look well, or you cared about your appearance, you know, it was kind of could give off the wrong vibes and people would take it the wrong way. So, I always was always struggling to be to be taken seriously and to not to be objectified. Which I didn’t like, as you can imagine, as an ambitious woman, I didn’t want that side of it. It was it was really tough. I think the things that have made things better for me, are ‘Me To’ certainly in terms of being taken more seriously and not being judged by your appearance only. I think other things have moved forward, for example women getting better roles and women being able to change the map. Hopefully, me as part of that with what I’ve been able to do at Carpenters Group.’’ Donna Scully, Carpenters Group

When starting the podcast “100 Women in Insurance” I thought it would take me a while and that I would really struggle to find 100. You know, there’s this stigma that women don’t brag and that there aren’t that many of us and insurance. Well, I mean, I’m really considering and I’ve been joking with few people to change the podcast to hundreds, thousands and maybe millions because there are just incredible women contacting me every day showcasing the great job that they do.” Sandra Lewin, InsurSocial Agency

About the guests

Donna Scully is a Joint Owner/Director at Carpenters Group one of the UK’s leading providers of insurance & legal services. We work in partnership with insurers, brokers & MGAs to deliver a variety of outsourced claims. Donna is a lawyer & an experienced public speaker who writes industry articles on fraud, reform & matters that impact the insurance/legal market.

Sandra Lewin started her career in insurance as a broker and has since taken on many different roles. She is the host of the “100 Women in Insurance” podcast, which celebrates women in the industry and showcases the various roles available in the market. Additionally, she specializes in helping insurance businesses and professionals establish a social media presence, delivers change programs, and provides one-on-one coaching for women looking to take control of their careers and lives.

About the Host

Sarah Myerscough is the Sales and Marketing Director of Boston Tullis Group. The founder of The Insurance Brokers Podcast, she brings a wealth of experience and a fresh perspective on communication in the insurance sector. Boston Tullis works with insurance professionals to build effective communication both internally and externally through podcasting, event reporting, videography, and internal communications facilitation.


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Series 2: Episode 2 – Women redefining insurance
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