2015 Women to Watch: Kristine MeuseReprints
National bank cross sell and risk management leader
Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA Inc.
Kristine Meuse doesn't believe in waiting for opportunities to come her way. Instead she recommends getting out there and taking the steps necessary to achieve your goals.
“I feel really passionate about women understanding what needs to be done and then just going out and doing it,” said Ms. Meuse, Dallas-based national bank cross sell and risk management leader for Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA Inc. “With this level of self-direction, you will find yourself in the best position for opportunities and advancement. Work on having the skills and strengths you will need in order to be prepared for opportunities when they come about.”
In her current role, which she began in March, Ms. Meuse did not waste any time in achieving her objective. In her first 90 days at Wells Fargo, she built a new platform to provide training for business development officers and bankers. The program clearly defines the role of the business development officer who is responsible for developing relationships between the insurance side and the banking side of the business.
She also excels at leading, overseeing a team of 24 business development officers, 14 of whom report to her directly.
“Kristine is an extremely valued member of my leadership team because of her authentic leadership style and her client-centric orientation,” said Laura L. Schupbach, Scottsdale, Arizona-based executive vice president and head of Wells Fargo Insurance Services. “In a short amount of time, she has already made a significant impact in designing creative strategies and providing valuable direction for our bank cross-sell opportunity.”
While in her former position of managing director at Marsh L.L.C., Ms. Meuse was named to the North American Executive Committee for Marsh's Women's Exchange, a colleague resource group established in 2014, where she chaired the personal and professional development committee and had the opportunity to serve as a mentor for women. As young women who are in the earlier stages of their career approach her about their careers, she said she always tries to make herself available to support, coach, or mentor in whatever capacity would be most beneficial.
“I always encourage women to proactively manage their own career,” Ms. Meuse said. “Identify your goals, speak to your manager to identify the skills and experiences you are going to need to help you reach those goals, then really take it on yourself to obtain those skills and experiences — don't wait for someone to bring opportunities to you.”
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