WiRE’s recent Year-End event which was sponsored by MAPFRE Re, has been featured in the Asia Insurance Review’s January 2020 issue under the Diversity and Inclusion section.
Mr. Andres Lorenzana, Chief Executive of MAPFRE Re Singapore Branch emphasised that:
“We should consider employees as people independent of their gender. We do not have to follow traditional gender roles anymore now that women are on the same playing-field as men. However, the truth is that there still seem to be fewer women than men in the industry and this is something we will have to cope with in the near future” .
This is where WiRE, a sub-committee under the Singapore Reinsurers’ Association, promotes the development of women professionals by organising mentoring activities and upskilling workshops. WiRE also steps in to bridge the gender diversity gap by supporting efforts on D&I awareness through network and industry events. These includes events celebrating women entrepreneurs, talented and inspirational women of the reinsurance industry.
Ms Beatrice Morley receives honour - Intelligent Insurer 50 most influential women in risk transfer globally
Intelligent Insurer UK has recently featured Ms Beatrice Morley, Global Head of Casualty, Aspen Re (and a WiRE Committee Member) as one of the 50 most influential women who represent the very best of risk transfer industry and are instrumental in influencing the developments within this industry globally. She was selected among the 350 women profiled by the Intelligent Insurer over the last 6 years.
WiRE warmly congratulates Bea and all the influential women selected for this distinguished honour!
Insurance Business Global 100 2020 honours Ms Arabella Kim
Ms Arabella Eunju Kim, Senior Client Manager & Digitalisation Lead, Southeast Asia at Munich Re (and a WiRE Committee Member), has been honoured recently as one of 100 distinguished global leaders by Insurance Business Magazine
Read Insurance Business Magazine Special report here
Insurance Business Magazine
November 19, 2019
Interview with Grace Lim by the Asia Insurance Review at the 16th SIRC
At the sidelines of the 2019 SIRC, Asia Insurance Review (AIR) spoke to Allianz Re Senior Underwriter Grace Lim about the issues their clients are facing in Asia and the various underwriting solutions they have for those issues.
Since launching WiRE in September 2016, it has become a tradition to conclude the year with an evening of networking function. This year, WiRE held a networking event celebrating successful professional women in the reinsurance industry. Women who indulge in perfecting their special talents despite their busy schedules.
The networking event held on Tuesday, 11th December 2018 had gathered more than 100 key professionals in the reinsurance industry. This year, female reinsurance professionals showcased their artwork pieces and talents ranging from jewellery over photography to ballroom dancing.
Asia Insurance Review
December 24, 2018
WiRE's Mary Soltysiak & Beatrice Morley featured as 2018 Influential Women in Re/Insurance
WiRE and its two Committee Members have been featured in the latest issue of Intelligent Insurer. Mary Soltysiak (AXA France Vie) and Beatrice Morley (Aspen Re) have been named as honourees in the 2018 list of Influential Women in Re/Insurance, among the leading women currently making their mark on the Re/insurance industry globally.
Mary Soltysiak has also written a foreword piece on her experiences in the industry, what she has encountered throughout her career and her role as a Convenor of the Women in Reinsurance in Singapore.
17 July 2017
WiRE unveiled its first Mentoring on the Move initiative
Women-in-Reinsurance (WiRE) unveiled its first mentoring initiative – “Mentoring on the Move”, a speed coaching and networking session sponsored by Aon Benfield Asia, with 12 senior executives serving as Mentors to reinsurance practitioners seeking career guidance and inspiration.
The event attracted 36 participants from 20 insurance/reinsurance companies who were divided into small groups and given 15 minutes to discuss a career issue or challenge with a Mentor, before moving on to the next Mentor. In total, each participant had the opportunity to speak with six different Mentors for career advice on six core themes – Career Progression & Leadership; Building a Professional Network; Personal Branding; Building Confidence; Mentoring Skills; and Managing Teams. There was also an Open Forum for free exchange of questions on any career topic of their choice.
Following the speed mentoring sessions, participants and mentors were able to unwind and network over drinks and light refreshments.
Commenting on this initiative, Ms Mary Perry, Convenor of the WiRE said, “Mentoring on the Move fosters interactive discussions, allowing participants the chance to get up close and personal with senior industry experts, and openly ask real questions and receive genuine advice and fresh insights, with real practical tips to inspire them to attain their career aspirations”.
Asia Insurance Review
WiRE's Fireside chat with two women insurance leaders
Women in Reinsurance (WiRE) Singapore recently hosted a discussion between Dame Inga Beale of Lloyd’s and Ms Jayne Plunkett of Swiss Re, focusing on three key themes – their career experiences, views on the future opportunities and leadership needs in the insurance industry and diversity as a business imperative.
Asia Insurance Review
December 24, 2018
Women in Reinsurance (WiRE) launched in Singapore
The Singapore Reinsurers’ Association (SRA) has launched a new Women in Reinsurance (WiRE) Sub-Committee to offer support to women in the reinsurance industry and actively encourage them to develop their careers to the utmost potential.
An affiliate of the Sydney Chapter of WiRE, the Singapore Chapter operates as a Sub-Committee of the SRA but with its own charter and slate of members drawn from various SRA member companies. WiRE’s Convenor and Singapore leader is Ms Mary Perry of IAG Re, Singapore.
Expressing her gratitude to SRA for its support of WiRE at the launch reception, Ms Perry noted that the industry recognised the big impact of having a diverse workforce at all levels, and WiRE, while targeted at women, would welcome men’s participation in its activities as well.
“WiRE is here to inspire and support women in the reinsurance industry through networking, knowledge-sharing and mentoring activities, through which we aim to recognise and celebrate the achievements and contribution that professional women make to the reinsurance industry,” she said.
The first activity in WiRE’s agenda was the recent Dive In Festival, a diversity and inclusion initiative of Inclusion@Lloyd’s that was held from 27-29 September in 16 cities worldwide, one of which was Singapore. WiRE hosted a discussion where three Singapore businesswomen shared the experience of their entrepreneurial journeys.
SRA Chairman, Mr Alain Flandrin, said: “The Association has over the past two years been actively reaching out to its market constituents by launching various new activities. Hence, we had no hesitation when approached to support the WiRE initiative. Women represent half the workforce in our industry, with many already in senior management and executive roles. We believe WiRE’s programmes will complement the SRA’s wider industry outreach goals, and help draw greater interest in the reinsurance industry as a career of choice.”