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 blog posts focusing on this year’s theme, #PressForProgress.
We spoke with Nasim Khoshkhou, senior managing director, chief operating officer, and head of client solutions at Argus, a Verisk business. Argus is a leading provider of information, scoring solutions, and advisory services to financial institutions across the globe.
What do you believe are the major areas of opportunity for progress in the workplace?
I think recognizing our unconscious bias in interpersonal interactions is important. If we recognize our biases toward people like ourselves and proactively seek the perspectives of others (women, minorities, etc.), then we can create a better workplace for all. This may require putting those underrepresented groups into positions where they have a voice, so that all voices are heard. It also requires stopping to think, “Is my reaction to this person or what they’re saying affected by who the person is?”
If you could give one piece of advice to the next generation of women leaders, what would it be?
I feel honored to be asked for this type of advice! What I always come back to is having confidence in your abilities and knowledge. We often talk at Verisk about the balance between confidence and humility—it’s part of the Verisk Way. And it’s relevant for everyone, especially in leadership. I think especially for women—I hate to generalize—but I see a gap in confidence relative to abilities more often in women. Sometimes all it takes is to stop and think, “I can do this!”
What are you doing daily to ensure your continued growth and development as a leader?
I try to focus on listening, whether it’s to clients, my team, or other colleagues. Understanding and considering the perspectives of others helps us grow and develop in an inclusive way. I try to devote a good portion of my day to time with my team as well as with clients, in various forms and settings, to keep this feedback coming in.