Since 2016, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) is cooperation partner of the “Young Women Leadership Program” by SYNK Business School, and nominates annually scholarship holders among its employees. The program aims at female talents who either already have leadership experience or are about to take on their first leadership role. Three AGCS colleagues have already completed this program. The last one was Alina Morozova, our ESG Business Analyst. Daniel, our Head of Communications in our CEE region, talks with her about her experience:
Daniel: Dear Alina, what did you learn and experience in the program?
Alina: This seven day program provides an excellent foundation for women to grow as a leader at an early stage of the career. The main building blocks of the program are: coaching, role plays, workshops, company visits and theoretical background behind the leadership concepts. The coaches and participants include inspiring leaders with experience from a variety of sectors and industries. This unique set-up provided a great platform for an open exchange and peer learning.
Daniel: How important was the exchange with other women?
Alina: At the end of the program, a networking night with alumni was organised for us. We had a chance for the exchange with women who have done the program previously in order to share our insights and stories of personal achievement.
Daniel: How does it help you now in your work at AGCS?
Alina: I have practiced effective communication with other women who hold leadership roles that helped me in developing my leadership abilities for my new role. The program has inspired me to set my next educational and career goals.
Daniel: How do modern leaders need to lead in the 21st century?
Alina: The ever-changing business world requires a different type of leadership. Modern leaders should apprise uncertainty and develop resilience within their teams, while applying strategic thinking for problem solving. On top of having a clear vision, being a great communicator and an efficient decision maker, it is important that a leader can read the increasingly ambiguous business universe we operate in and can lead his team through the process of change.
Daniel: Thanks for the interview, Alina!
Alina Morozova started her career at AGCS in 2015 as a working student at ESG Business Services. The department is the Center of Competence for Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues for the Allianz Group Property & Casualty business. After finishing her Master degree in Sustainable Resource Management, she has joined the team and currently works as an ESG Business Analyst. In this role, Alina is working on the AGCS positioning on emerging ESG topics, development of new services for clients and involvement in the oversight of the ESG referral process. Alina is from Siberia (Russia) and enjoys traveling to exotic countries and sports. Currently, she is pursuing a Master's Degree in Business Administration.
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