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 Timi Branson, Administrative Support Manager.
What is your role at Engle Martin?
I was hired in March 2013 as an Administrative Assistant out of our Los Angeles, California office. In September of 2017, I was promoted to Administrative Support Manager of the west region administrative team. I am very privileged to work with such an amazing team of admins, adjusters, and managers.
Who is the most influential woman you know? How does she inspire you?
My grandmother was the most influential person in my life. As a mother of 13 children, life was not easy for her. She taught me about perseverance and to never give up when things got tough. She always found a way to make sure everyone had what they needed. She was always caring, giving, and kind to everyone. When you were with her, she made sure you were well cared for and had the freedom to be you. I never heard her complain or speak ill of anyone. Because of her influence, I do my best to ensure every interaction I have with people makes them feel appreciated and considered.
This year, the theme of Women’s History Month is “Providing Healing, Promoting Hope”. How does that resonate with you?
Healing and hope go together in our interactions with people. There is so much pain and hurt in the world today that it can get overwhelming when considering how to help. If we start with the people around us, that we can have the most influence on, we can make a difference. In the last 2 ½ years, I have learned that you must take care of yourself before you can give to others. Start small and see where it goes!
Have you faced any barriers in your career?
Education is important to my family, but college was not a path that I chose. Since I don’t have a college degree, there have been opportunities that I have not been able to pursue. However, I believe that I am where I’m supposed to be. I believe when you work hard, you are honest with yourself and others, and you care about people that you will be valued regardless of a college degree.
What is the most important piece of advice you have been given?
The most important piece of advice I have been given is to honor your values above all else and always do the next right thing in all circumstances.
What is the most important message you want to send out to young women thinking about a career in the insurance industry?
The most important thing I would share with women regarding their career is, don’t be afraid of change. I have had many careers in my adult life and none of them are connected to the other. All of those opportunities have shaped me and led me to where I am today. Additionally, don’t be afraid to make the hard decisions that are best for you and your family. You will be successful in whatever you choose to do if you work hard, be honest, and true to yourself.