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2019 Women to Watch: Nancy Korcinsky

Nancy Korcinsky

Nancy Korcinsky
Corporate risk and broking leader, East Central region, and large account market leader, Midwest region
Willis Towers Watson PLC
Age: 47

When Nancy Korcinsky completed her undergraduate degree with a double major in communications and psychology, she didn’t envision a career in insurance. But the risk manager of a retailer saw something in her and hired her, she said, and she “fell in love with the various iterations of insurance.”

Just as that early-career mentor helped propel her into the industry, Ms. Korcinsky has made attracting and developing future talent in insurance a central part of her life.

“I spend a lot of time helping guide and foster people through their careers,” she said. “It’s just something I’m very passionate about — I get a lot of personal fulfillment from it.”

When she worked for a large financial institution, she participated in a number of graduate development programs and internship events. Five years ago, when she joined Willis Towers Watson PLC, Ms. Korcinsky became involved with the brokerage’s global steering committee for graduate development and helped pilot the brokerage’s now-annual emerging professionals day in Pittsburgh, which brings together clients, insurers and people in other business segments within the company.

As a leader, she also takes that mentorship approach, asking questions to make sure her employees are challenged and set up to have “long and engaging careers.”

“She is a great leader … she’s transparent, and she doesn’t just ask people to do things, she does things herself,” said Scot Housh, Minneapolis-based managing director/ head of corporate risk and broking for the Midwest region at Willis Towers Watson. “All of us tend to follow people who actually do what they say. She’s supportive, but she’ll also hold people accountable, and I would say that she has a nice way of getting results.”

Ms. Korcinsky said checking in with employees, investing the time to create stretch assignments and helping employees develop the competency and skill sets they’re most passionate about have been an important strategy in helping her employees grow.

“Watching their careers progress … for me that has been the biggest accomplishment,” she said.

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