Alex has received numerous industry recognitions. She has been named Lloyd's Retail Broker of the Year. She's been recognized as a Risk & Insurance Power Broker 11 times. And she's a member of that 0.6% of business leaders who identify as an LGTBQ+ woman.
We asked Alex about her experiences as an LGBTQ+ executive in insurance, and how her community and her experiences at Gallagher have shaped the leader she is today.
Q&A with Alex Glickman
- What is one thing you wish you could change about the insurance industry?
I would want to wipe out the remaining racism, sexism and homophobia in our industry. Too many people pay lip service to diversity, but don't follow through. Having more women, people of color and members of the LGBTQ+ community in leadership roles will not only give our industry greater resilience, but greater innovation and capabilities.
- How has your identity influenced your time at Gallagher?
Gallagher is a meritocracy, and my 18 years here have allowed me to grow professionally and personally. Our colleagues are the best in the industry and it is clear that we are all on the same team-no matter who we are or where we come from.
- Why is it important for businesses to safeguard diversity and inclusion?
Everyone thinks differently. By having diversity of experience, culture, orientation and gender, an organization can see a bigger picture of the issues that need to be solved. "Group Think"; is an insidious killer. The ability to consider and accept alternative ideas and perspectives is the only way an organization can evolve and thrive.
- What advice would you give to LGBTQ+ women struggling with career pathing?
Have confidence. Confidence is the intersection of hard work, talent and the willingness to take risks. Women frequently excel at the first two but fear the risk taking. Failure is not fun, but unless you're talking about sky diving or rock climbing, it rarely kills you. My suggestion is to take calculated risks and learn from the experience.
Inclusion and Diversity at Gallagher
At Gallagher, we're committed to driving an inclusive workplace for the benefit of our clients, employees and the communities in which we live and work.
Inclusion and diversity is a core part of our business, and it's embedded into the fabric of our organization. Our high standards of ethical behavior are grounded in our corporate culture's cornerstone, The Gallagher Way. We see inclusion as a conscious commitment and diversity as a vital strength. By embracing diversity in all its forms, we live out The Gallagher Way to its fullest.
1LGBT Identification Rise to 5.6% in Latest U.S. Estimate, GALLUP, February 4, 2021
2How the LGBTQ+ community fares in the workplace, McKinsey & Company, June 23, 2020
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