NEW YORK – Marya Propis, senior vice president of Hunt Valley, Maryland-based wholesale broker All Risks Ltd., was recognized by the New York City Association of Insurance Women as the insurance manufacturer of the year at a Friday lunch in New York.
Ms. Propis, who is also chairman of the Spencer Educational Foundation, honored at a collection of 270 insurance staff at Loeb Boathouse in Central Park.
"Be happy in career and life," Propis told the collection while he accepted the prize. "Efforts are often credited as the deepest teacher we have, and that is, but sometimes we forget joy and can quickly reduce it as less material as a learning tool for all of us."
One dimension to be happy is aging as a woman, Propis told the collection during his approval number.
"This is something unique for women and perhaps another valuable lesson that we can learn from men who never seem to focus on aging but only on the upside. What comes with what we call experience," she says.
"Life is difficult, but finding a way to be happy and securing it in many parts of our lives where we fight is a way of raising ourselves and others "she said.
Ms. Propis urged insurance personnel to exploit their emotional intelligence .
"It's not just your IQ that gets you through the real world of the difficult life of insurance, it also takes EQ or emotional intelligence to guide you through relationships with the myriads of people we meet in terms of empathy, insight and listening ability, "said Propis.
" Thankfully, EQ is now widely accepted as a critical skill for both men and women in our industry today, "she said.
Miss. Propis also praised the New York City Association of Insurance Women for their work "providing professional development to women in insurance" and for "continuing the focus of returning to New York City and many charities."
Ms. Propis was introduced by New York-based Debbie Morris, senior vice president of commercial lines at Verisk Analytics Inc., who described her as a "talent and magnet for top talent" and a "master of inclusiveness".
New York City Association of Insurance Women's Insurance Professionals of the Year is an annual award that honors an exceptional woman in the insurance and risk management industry. The recipient is selected by the non-profit association board.