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A habit of talking out of turn in her high school calculus class led to an insurance career for Lauren Tredinnick. For talking in class, she was given the choice of a week’s detention or attending a career fair. She chose the fair and because of her love for math, she was attracted to actuarial science. This shaped her career path and ultimately led her to Munich Re.
What is your advice for navigating the current insurance market?
I would say to listen. Right now, especially in the public entity space, our clients are facing very different challenges. To provide the best solutions that they need versus what we think they need, we must really understand their situations.
What is a problem that needs fixing in your sector?
Recruiting and retention. There will be a big talent gap if we’re not already facing it. There is a lot of opportunity to hire great talent, train them and bring them on to our teams. That will be huge for the next five to 10 years. Our reach could be better, especially across a more diverse landscape.
Favorite hobby or pastime?
I am a runner and a reader. I try to incorporate these in my everyday life to provide balance, but it’s also a way I engage with people. I like to talk with people about books and I enjoy running with people.
What is something about you that would surprise people?
Probably that I play saxophone professionally. I am in the Wisconsin National Guard band. We wear a lot of different hats in the National Guard, but that one is probably my favorite.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
A rock star. I wanted to be a guitar player and a singer in a rock ‘n’ roll band.
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