To celebrate International Women’s Day at Verisk—and to showcase Verisk as a leading data analytics company with diverse leadership—Verisk is highlighting its women leaders through a series of Q&A blogs. We asked our leaders to explain the exact moment they took a bold action to help develop or improve an aspect of their own livelihood, career, or business—or that of another woman—or women’s status overall.
We talked with Maureen Burnham, senior vice president of ISO Claims Partners. ISO Claims Partners, a Verisk Analytics business, provides Medicare compliance and claims resolution services to many of the largest property/casualty insurance companies as well as to self-insured companies and third-party administrators.
What was your bold moment?
I applied and was selected to be a commissioner on the Commission on Women for my city. As a working mom, I was worried about my time, my qualifications, and many other things—but I just went for it.
How did you do it?
I just took the leap and applied. I wrote an application detailing the reasons I felt passionate about the many issues faced by women and girls and outlined tangible ideas to address them through education, programs, and advocacy. From there, I was interviewed by the existing commissioners. I then presented my ideas publically during a city council meeting and was approved as commissioner by the mayor.
What motivated you?
A friend of mine saw there was an opening on the Commission, and she told me in passing she thought I would be a great person to represent the community. I was surprised and honored she felt that way—and the comment was timely for me because I was feeling frustrated with many of the ways that women were projected throughout the most recent election process. I felt disappointed in myself that I hadn’t been more involved and vocal about the topics and issues that meant so much to me personally. I wanted to change that and be true to myself, set a positive example for my daughters, and use my skill set to institute meaningful initiatives in my community.
What difference did you make?
I was only recently sworn in as commissioner; however, I’ve been involved in the Commission’s strategic planning for 2017. This year, we’re hoping to host events focused on financial empowerment, entrepreneurship, and the issues facing working women, starting with concerns related to the availability and cost of child care.
How can others learn from this?
It’s much more important to me that I’m able to help others than it is for people to learn from this, but I hope people will see that it’s important to take action in topics that they’re passionate about.