Simone meets NIA:
How long have you worked at NIA?
I have been with NIA for 2 ½ years. I started on March 29, 2021.
What did you do before that?
I have been in the nonprofit underwriting space for over 20 years. Prior to starting at NIA, I was a Nonprofit Underwriting Specialist for an insurance carrier.
How did you come to work at NIA? What interested you?
Working in the nonprofit space, I heard about NIA all the time. Their coverages were competitive, their pricing was competitive, and many of my brokers spoke highly of them as a whole.
As such, when I was researching new job opportunities, NIA was one of the first companies I checked out. The more I saw, the more I liked about what they stood for — and wanted to be a part of all of it.
How did your job interview go?
My interview was unlike any other I had before.
What impressed me most was interviewing with the hiring committee and the Senior Leadership team. The hiring committee provided the opportunity for both parties to interview each other and make sure I would be a good fit with the company.
It also gave me a chance to chat with many of the associates to get an idea of the everyday life at NIA for a typical employee.
Meeting with the Senior Leadership team was different because, in my 20+ years of working at insurance companies, no one from the C-Suite has ever taken the time to meet with a prospective employee and answer any questions they may have.
I remember talking to a few friends after the interview and saying, “I can’t believe the CEO interviewed me!”
Are your ideas heard and acted on? Can you provide a short example/story?
Our Insurance Ops team works so very hard during our busy season and I wanted to let them know how much we appreciated the early mornings and late evenings they worked as we made sure our nonprofits had their quotes in hand.
Being remote, usually you have to be a little more creative. I remember when I was a remote employee in a previous underwriting job, my management team would host a virtual brunch to say “thank you.”
I suggested this to our management team here at NIA — and I still hear from a few of our staff who enjoyed and appreciated our virtual “thank you” brunches!
Have you taken advantage of any of the continuing education opportunities that NIA offers?
When I started at NIA, I had been out of a managerial role for a few years. One of the first goals I had for myself was to take a few refresher courses that would allow me to succeed in my role.
How is working here different from other jobs you’ve had?
After working for almost 20 years in the nonprofit insurance space, I thought it would be the same here at NIA. It’s not.
NIA lives up to its “heart for nonprofits” tagline. At NIA, our focus is on what’s best for the nonprofits we insure, rather than how much premium we can get.
What is your favorite thing about working at NIA?
Hands down, the people. When I interviewed, everyone was so very kind and welcoming — I thought it was because I was interviewing.
Then, when I started, and they were still very kind and welcoming, I thought it was because I was new.
I think it was after the second year, I realized that it’s just who the people of NIA are — kind and welcoming.