2020 Women to Watch: Amy EvansPosted On: Dec. 2, 2020 12:00 AM CST
Executive vice president
Intercare Insurance Services, Intercare Holdings Ltd.
When Amy Evans wasn’t attending school in her small town in Michigan, she helped milk cows at the dairy farm where she lived in a trailer with her single mother and brother.
“I grew up in a town called Bad Axe, and we didn’t have much, but my mom never complained,” Ms. Evans said. “That relationship and a good Midwest upbringing taught me the value of strong female relationships.”
Ms. Evans later moved to Texas where she finished high school and attended the University of North Texas. After graduating from law school at the University of Houston, she worked as a first-party insurance defense attorney in Houston, focusing on bad faith, arson and fraud cases.
Eventually, Ms. Evans determined she wanted to help clients avoid lawsuits, so she shifted from law to insurance. She joined a third-party administrator, where she spent nearly 20 years in professional liability claims and litigation management.
Ms. Evans, who eventually worked her way up to executive vice president, found herself working mostly with male senior leadership. She was approached by some other women in the insurance industry who wanted to help bring more diversity to the industry.
“We started brainstorming, and five of us established a mission to educate and train everyone across the board about diversity,” Ms. Evans said. “Insurance isn’t your door-to-door sales anymore,” she added. “It’s exciting and diverse.”
In 2019, Ms. Evans joined Intercare Insurance Services as an executive vice president, based in the Bellevue, Washington, office.
Ms. Evans — who has advocated for alternative work schedules for single mothers and others — found that women on her team and throughout the company are ideally suited for the insurance business, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.
“Women have the ability to be naturally flexible and think outside the box in normal circumstances,” she said. “Women are used to juggling a lot of things like family and work, so when COVID hit I think they were ahead of the game when it came to transitioning to working at home while helping people get back to work.