Get to know Amy Evans, Executive Vice President, Liability Claims Division at Intercare and CICA Amplify Women committee member! Read about Amy and how Amplify Women plays a role in providing educational opportunities and spotlighting women who are making a difference in the captive industry.
What drew you to the captive space?
There are a myriad of things that drew me to the captive space, but the main reasons are the variety of work and quality of the workforce. If anyone in the captive industry finds their work boring, they probably aren’t doing it right! I love that every day presents a different challenge and that I get to work with amazing colleagues who are supportive and working toward common goals. One of the reasons I became an attorney was to help solve problems, and the captive space allows me to do that every day, and in spades.
What is the advice you would want to have known at the beginning of your career?
Make the time to network. I was so focused on learning and afraid of making mistakes early in my career that I usually chose to stay at the office or go back my hotel room and work, rather than attending or creating networking opportunities. I am also a bit of an introvert, which may be surprising to people who know me. Skipping out on networking events afforded me the opportunity to “recharge”. I wish I had known that networking is just as important, if not more so, than proofreading the final draft of a document for the third time or returning emails the same day. My advice is to get out there and network, even if you find it uncomfortable. There are good people in our industry who will support you and make sure you have some fun along the way.
How important is mentorship (or reverse mentorship) for your career or the careers of others?
Mentorship is very important and developing the right relationship is crucial. Whether a mentor or a mentee, we have to be true to ourselves. Trying to be like someone else or trying to mold someone into a different person is a recipe for an unhappy career. A good mentor will help you be your best, not their best, and a really good mentor will learn just as much from the relationship. The best growth happens when guards are lowered, and formal roles are forgotten.