Why resilience is a muscle you can train – At-Bay VP

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Resilience is the theme of Ye’s solo speaker at the Women in Insurance Conference in San Francisco. VP also describes resilience as a strategy that you can learn to initiate during difficult times.

“When you overcome several challenges in your career or in your life, you develop this confidence. You know that no matter what, you will find a solution,” said Ye.

“You can investigate what happened, learn from it, change our plan, and try again.” You repeat this process over and over again. “

A first-born, he left China to attend college in the United States. He landed an unpaid job at Aon while in university, which became a full-time job. You spent several years working in property and casualty and pensions at Aon before moving to startups.

“I wanted to challenge myself to speed up my growth, and that’s when the big change came,” Ye said. As a forecasting model at CyberCube, he developed a cyber risk analysis platform that supports the world’s leading insurance companies. Joining the startup was a challenging experience that saw Him leave his comfort zone, wear multiple hats, and take on new roles outside of his skill set.

“I was a modeler, product manager, salesperson. I was in customer service. I did everything from creating the product to pushing it to market,” he explained.

You also jumped at At-Bay, joining as executive director two years ago and quickly rising to VP of Risk. Today, he oversees risk management, performance analysis, planning and implementation, and the design and development of a cyber insurance underwriting engine. He also leads the At-Bay risk group, which he founded in early 2021 and now has 13 members.

“Success here was being able to change the situation and be strong in my DNA. I truly believe it is something you can teach yourself to have. Instead of worrying or doubting the future, you feel like you have these tools to endure,” said Ye.

For you, there has been no shortage of male leaders who have felt the need to please. She found herself in meetings where she was the only female leader in the room, if not too young and someone with very little industry experience.

“I had to overcome the fear of speaking to senior management when I probably didn’t have much experience. It took the soft skills and skills I’ve been gaining to gain confidence,” she said.

His most important test of endurance? Motherhood.

“I didn’t know all the problems of raising a child until now. “I have finally experienced the challenge that all working mothers face,” Ye, who has a three-month-old son, told Insurance Business. She compared motherhood to her experience starting an insurance company.

“The first two were my babies because I had to start from scratch to make a deal with the team. But it’s also different because I always have a plan, and I know that things will work out,” said Ye.

Not so with babies, who may have difficulty eating or sleeping, and whose needs are constantly changing. “You realize that a bad day doesn’t mean it’s always going to be bad,” Ye admitted.

He said he uses the same method to be brave that he learned in his career – one of trial, error, and revision – “but I added flexibility and patience to allow obstacles.”

“If he’s crying, I know to rule out different reasons — if he’s hungry, has a wet diaper, or wants to sleep,” Ye said.

“It has increased my sense of courage. Regardless of the obstacles, the lessons you learn, or the experiences you get, the results are important. Both are useful and valuable. I look forward to continuing this with my team and their journey to At-Bay. “

Celebrate the courage of women at the Women in Insurance Conference in San Francisco, which will be held on October 4 at the JW Marriott Union Square.

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