“You need to be nimble. You’ve got to accept nos and figure out how to pivot to find a yes,” she told Insurance Business.
Hunter is a moderator for a panel on strategic problem-solving at this year’s Women in Insurance Summit in New York. With a panel of fellow female leaders, Hunter will help unpack what it means to be an impactful problem-solver in the workplace.
Solving problems means constantly moving through thought processes – reframing problems and communicating and re-communicating them to arrive at solutions. But Hunter acknowledges it’s a skill that requires a willingness to bend.
“A lot of times, it’s just not getting too stuck in what you want the outcome to be or how you’d like the journey to the outcome to go because it rarely ever goes the way you want it to,” Hunter admitted.
Before founding A. Hunter & Company, she assisted start-ups and corporations with alternative risk transfer schemes and reinsurance placement globally as managing director of HM Risk Group, an international insurance brokerage and risk management firm.
“I spent most of my time talking to carriers, trying to negotiate terms and capacity. Most women probably reading this will know that it is a constant battle. I am constantly problem-solving, trying to figure out the best approach and who to contact,” Hunter said.
“I think women try to think that we can do it ourselves. But the older I’ve gotten, the more I realized that it is okay to ask for help because that will make solving a problem a lot easier.”
Ironically, Hunter’s advice for other women faced with problem-solving challenges is not to listen to advice.
“A lot of people have a lot of advice about how they did it, or how it worked for them and what’s best