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Together we are stronger! Here, we get to ask the questions about about how to excel and thrive in the insurance industry as a POWER Woman in this space.

Power Women In Insurance Teresa Kitchens

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 19 Ratings

Together we are stronger! Here, we get to ask the questions about about how to excel and thrive in the insurance industry as a POWER Woman in this space.

    Acquisitions: Why Do It? Why Stay Away From Them? What To Know

    Acquisitions: Why Do It? Why Stay Away From Them? What To Know

    In this episode of Power Women In Insurance, Teresa Kitchens sits down with Dawn Janes-Bartley, CEO of Maverick Risk Partners.

    Dawn and Teresa talk about acquisitions including the mistakes they have made and the ways they really excelled.

    Key Topics:

    Dawn's unexpected journey from child psychology into the insurance industry

    The evolution of roles within the agency post-acquisition

    Challenges of integrating new teams and processes after acquiring another agency

    The importance of adapting roles and expectations as an agency grows

    Strategies for managing team dynamics and operational changes during transitions

    Dawn's insights on personal resilience and strategic thinking while navigating business expansions


    Connect with:

    Dawn Janes-Bartley

    Teresa Kitchens


    Visit Websites:

    Maverick Risk Partners

    Sterling Insurance Group



    Produced by: PodSquad.fm

    • 59 min
    Rising From Trauma To Create A Lasting And Authentic Business

    Rising From Trauma To Create A Lasting And Authentic Business

    In this episode of Power Women In Insurance, Teresa Kitchens interviews Andrea Vargas, CEO of TTC Leads. Andrea and Teresa talk about how partnering in life and business with Ryan Saridakis and then continuing to build that business after his passing has created the business of her dreams.

    Key Topics:

    Andrea's unconventional entry into the insurance industry through family connections and early influences

    The role of mentorship and the pivotal influence of Patrick Bet-David in her career orientation

    Development of a non-traditional career path, avoiding college and direct recruitment into the industry

    Transition from being heavily recruitment-focused to prioritizing substantive, service-oriented business in insurance

    Insights into personal growth, the impact of significant relationships on professional paths, and navigating business after the loss of a partner

    Strategies for fostering a positive and productive workplace culture

    The balance of personal well-being with professional responsibilities in leadership roles


    Connect with:

    Andrea Vargas

    Teresa Kitchens


    Visit Websites:

    TTC Leads

    Sterling Insurance Group



    Produced by: PodSquad.fm

    • 58 min
    Why is "Virtual" So Scary? With Teresa Kitchens

    Why is "Virtual" So Scary? With Teresa Kitchens

    In this episode of Power Women In Insurance, Teresa Kitchens explores the stages and opportunities for virtual options inside an agency.

    Key Topics:

    Exploring the concept and challenges of virtual agencies

    Variability in virtual setups from partial to fully remote

    Essential tools for virtual work include VOIP and VPNs

    Gradual adaptation starting with flexible work policies

    Importance of maintaining culture and security in virtual setups

    Virtual teams enhance productivity and geographic diversity

    Regular virtual meetings maintain team cohesion and efficiency


    Connect with:
    Teresa Kitchens

    Visit Websites:
    Sterling Insurance Group


    Produced by: PodSquad.fm

    • 20 min
    Leadership Through A Hard Market

    Leadership Through A Hard Market

    In this episode of Power Women In Insurance, Teresa Kitchens discusses how to lead in this market and how to make a difference in the future of this industry.

    Key Topics:

    Importance of leadership in today's challenging insurance market

    Broadening the definition of leadership beyond official titles

    The role of awareness and proactive steps in effective leadership

    Mental health and operational efficiency in leadership roles

    How to innovate and inspire within a team setting

    Encouragement of personal and professional growth through leadership

    Ways to implement leadership strategies practically and effectively


    Connect with:
    Teresa Kitchens

    Visit Websites:
    Sterling Insurance Group


    Produced by: PodSquad.fm

    • 18 min
    Throwback: Showing Up Courageously and Making a Difference With Rebecca Adelman

    Throwback: Showing Up Courageously and Making a Difference With Rebecca Adelman

    In this throwback episode of Power Women In Insurance, Teresa Kitchens sits down with Rebecca Adelman, a lawyer for insurance companies defending insureds in lawsuits to talk about the legal and insurance industries and how she had made her home in that space. They also talk about how to step over challenges and show up authentically by embracing the courage to make a difference in our world.

    Episode Highlights:

    Rebecca talks about her past and how she got to where she is in her work now. (2:01)


    Rebecca notes that she has dealt with a wide range of coverage kinds and finds it to be an interesting aspect of her job. (9:39)


    Rebecca explains that over the years, insurance companies have been able to adapt to what the consumers' needs are. (15:21)


    Rebecca discusses her story and how she overcame the odds in the insurance and law fields, which have traditionally been controlled by men. (18:23)


    Rebecca explains that she tells her story to inspire people, especially women, to pursue the path that they want in their careers. (23:03)


    Rebecca shares that there is no work-life and no life outside of work, but only your life that you have to live out. (28:00)


    Rebecca discusses how empowerment for her is the byproduct of this idea of showing up authentically and showing up with courage. (34:50)


    Rebecca explains that thresholds are at the beginning and end, depending on how you courageously see it. (43:47)


    Rebecca shares that part of courageous living is showing presence in our professional lives, particularly in this world of insurance. (48:30)


    Rebecca says that, despite the industry's natural progress, she believes there is still a long way to go. (53:14)


    Rebecca shares that a way to authentically show up is to ask yourself if you have done five things that made you happy. (55:54)



    Key Quotes:

    "10 years ago, well, most of the interfacing I would do and the networks on my insurance side were men. Now 10 years down the road 90% of the work that I do is for women." - Rebecca Adelman

    "There's nothing like your work life and your life outside of work. There's just your life. It's just your life. There's no work-life, this life is just your life, go and live your life." - Rebecca Adelman

    "Dismantling the idea that there's any, that there's even a possibility to find a balance, like, it's not really about balance, it's how you deal with being inbalance." - Rebecca Adelman


    Resources Mentioned:


    Rebecca Adelman LinkedIn

    Adelman Law Firm

    Contact Teresa Kitchens


    Sterling Insurance Group

    • 1 hr
    Growing a Career In Insurance Authentically With Treell Gorden

    Growing a Career In Insurance Authentically With Treell Gorden

    In this episode of Power Women In Insurance, Teresa Kitchens is joined by Treell Gorden, Partner at Premier Insurance Advisers. Treell and Teresa talked about how to be authentically you in this industry.

    Key Topics:

    Overcoming scammy experiences and finding legitimate opportunities

    Treell Gorden’s transition from a receptionist to agency owner

    The importance of authenticity in professional growth

    Managing work-life balance, especially when working from home

    The shift from captive to independent agency work

    Strategies for building long-lasting client relationships


    Connect with:

    Treell Gorden

    Teresa Kitchens


    Visit Websites:

    Premier Insurance Advisers

    Sterling Insurance Group


    Produced by Podsquad.fm

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

Heartfelt Mamas ,

Loving this podcast

I just discovered the Power Women in Insurance Podcast and loving it. The Sexism in the Insurance Industry is actually what caught my eye and made me start listening.

My clients are female insurance agency owners and female agents and this podcast speaks to all of struggles I hear from them.

Can’t wait to binge more episodes.

Elise_83 ,

Love this podcast!!

I love this podcast and how it supports women in insurance! It gives us space to support each other and learn each other’s stories! Teresa is a great host and the episodes are always conversational and encouraging!

adjunctadvisors ,

More, please!

Thank you for holding the space to share these stories - we do not have to journey alone and your conversations are proof of that. Keep going!

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