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2017 Break Out Awards, Northeast: Gisel Castillo Dávila



Director, global risk and insurance management

Tishman Speyer Properties

New York

Age: 31

Gisel Castillo Dávila knew she wanted a business career, but didn’t know anything about risk management until she took an elective course at St. John’s University in New York. Richard Bennett, an associate professor in the School of Risk Management, Insurance and Actuarial Science, who passed away in January, spoke of the industry in such a magical way that she switched majors to risk management.

Top industry concern

The reason why I felt so passionate about starting (the New York chapter of the Young Risk Professional group) is that because when you graduate everything is geared toward students or the more senior professionals. There was a gap for those who were freshly in the industry. I think that was very difficult at first.

Best-kept secret about insurance

I feel like this industry has so much to offer. In any kind of industry you want to be a part of, you have this little niche of risk management and insurance that’s part of everything and is necessary in any business or life roles that we have. You’re a part of building something. There’s more to it than just insurance.

What inspires you?

Strong women in the industry. I’m very inspired by everyone I’ve met and how they’ve gotten so far in their careers.

Next big thing in insurance

I think technology is going to continue to be a big benefit to the industry. I think the claims aspect and the analytics will continue to grow as the technology gets better, which will also lead into more cyber risk issues.

Hobbies and interests

I love seeing Broadway shows. I like traveling. We try to do one big Europe trip every year.


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