Women’s History Month Spotlight: Dawn Leon

Engle Martin’s Women’s Empowerment Network (WEN) is excited to take part in Women’s History Month! Women’s History Month is a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture, and society. It has been observed annually in the month of March in the United States since 1987. This year’s theme for Women’s History Month is “Providing Healing, Promoting Hope” which recognizes the insurmountable ways that women, of all cultures, have provided both healing and hope throughout history.

EVERY woman has a story to tell and gifts to share with the world. This month, join us each week, as we recognize outstanding women, both inside and outside of our organization, for #WENWednesday!

This week, we learn about Dawn Leon, Technical Product Manager of Innovation.

What is your role at Engle Martin? And how long have you been with the organization?

I am the Technical Product Manager of Innovation. I have been with Engle Martin for 13 years.

Who is the most influential woman you know?  How does she inspire you?

My mom is the most influential woman I know. She was raised near New Orleans, Louisiana by a single mom alongside three older siblings. Similar to her upbringing, she raised my sister and I to be independent and self-sufficient women. She led by example in her own life and taught us to never let anyone derail our dreams.

This year, the theme of Women’s History Month is “Providing Healing, Promoting Hope”. How does that resonate with you?

This year’s theme makes me think of women building women up, instead of tearing each other down. I’ve been focused-on women promoting women and supporting the bond that we all share. I do my best to encourage other women especially in our field which is predominantly male.

Have you faced any barriers in your career due to being a woman?

I have not faced as many barriers as the women that proceeded me. However, there are times where I feel that I am overlooked due to my gender. I have learned that communication is key and knowing how to effectively communicate your ideas clearly and confidently is important. Understanding how to flex and adapt your communication style to a particular person or situation is also crucial.

What is the most important piece of advice you have been given?

The most important piece of advice I have been given is to, “stay humble, work hard and be kind”.

What is the most important message you want to send out to young women thinking about a career in the insurance industry?

Insurance is everywhere! Aside from the job security, you can find all sorts of opportunities in this space. I believe that broadening your skill sets in communication and problem-solving are competencies that can serve young women in this industry and everyday life.