From: Captive Insurance Times

CICA’s NEXTGen Task Force chair Erin Hackett discusses what the group has been working on since its launch last year and her advice for young professionals looking to start a career in the captive industry

You were recently appointed to CICA board of directors and to chair the NextGen programme, what do you aim to do as chair?
I’m very fortunate to be the chair of a committee with members who have a lot of ideas and experiences that vary from my own. I see my job as the chair of the CICA NEXTGen committee as helping to facilitate the involvement and collaboration of the members. We have a lot of really exciting and lofty initiatives that we’re focusing on from both a short-term and long-term perspective. My aim
is to make sure we’re keeping all of the initiatives in perspective as we continue to promote young and new professionals in the captive insurance industry.

After launching last year, what has NextGen achieved so far?
We launched as a Task Force under the supervision of CICA and CICA’s president Dan Towle in August 2019. During most of that time, we focused on brainstorming areas we felt could benefit young and new professionals and then honing in on specific objectives to increase awareness of opportunities in the industry, promote young and new professionals as they progress in their careers, and find opportunities for us to network and support each other as a peer group in the industry. We’ve already taken significant steps in promoting our professional advancement through increased speaking opportunities at industry conferences and published content. Although our official launch party that was scheduled to take place at CICA’s annual conference was cancelled, we had several in-person networking events as a Task Force during the autumn of 2019 and plan to continue these on a larger scale once we’re able to safely do so.