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After eventually deciding against her original career choice of the law, Amy Torres needed a job quickly and started out in the insurance business as a receptionist. Twelve years later, she has worked in operations and as a retail broker, wholesaler and underwriter on coverages ranging from workers compensation to professional liability. Currently, she specializes in cyber insurance.
What’s your top tip for working remotely?
Establish a routine and whatever that routine might look like, it should not include working in PJs. Getting dressed is crucial to getting yourself in the mind set to start the day, even if it’s not to the level of office attire.
How will your work change going forward?
A silver lining of the last year’s events was that it was a shared experience, and with so many people working from home we were able to get a rare glimpse into personal lives, like pets and kids popping into video calls, which was a reminder that we are all human and coping together.
Technology allowed us to have that closeness. Going forward, we’ll go back to some of the traditional ways of connecting, however, it’s good to remain flexible and continue utilizing all resources available to accommodate the changing needs, and that includes a high use of technology. The new challenge will be how do we keep that fresh and meaningful.
What is something about you that would surprise people?
I used to run to work when I lived in San Francisco, and it was very hilly, so people would be surprised that I’d just run there. I’ve completed three marathons to date.
All-time favorite movie?
“The Wedding Singer” — I love a good rom-com, and I also love the ‘80s music.
What is your favorite meal?
Dim sum. The variety makes it fun, it’s really delicious, and it reminds me of my childhood.