Foundational Business CFO Liz Brill offers leadership insights in 'LEADERS' magazine exclusive.

New York Life | March 05, 2024

Brill provides advice to fellow female leaders and discusses career opportunities in the insurance industry.

Liz Brill head shot

Recently profiled in LEADERS magazine’s "Women Leaders" issue, Liz Brill, Senior Vice President & CFO of the Foundational Business at New York Life, shared advice for fellow female leaders and discussed the career opportunities in the life insurance industry. Some key takeaways are below.

Opportunities for women in leadership

Brill noted, "There are tremendous opportunities for women in leadership roles across the insurance industry. Insurance is inherently personal, and purchases are often motivated by a desire to protect yourself and your loved ones." She emphasized that supporting diversity, including gender diversity, is a competitive advantage.

Keys to effective leadership and management style

Discussing effective leadership, Brill highlighted the importance of trust and support within a team. Trusting team members, providing them space to excel, and fostering two-way communication are critical elements. Brill identified her management style as focusing on accessibility, active listening, celebrating successes, acknowledging challenges, and aiding team members in their professional development.

"The key to effective leadership is trust. To lead effectively, you need the trust and support of your team. Clear and frequent communication is critical."

Liz Brill

Advice for aspiring professionals in insurance

Brill encourages individuals interested in pursuing careers in insurance to explore the diverse opportunities within the industry. New York Life, for instance, offers targeted leadership development programs, including in the actuarial development program. Brill herself started as an actuarial assistant, later pursuing law school, and eventually contributing to various roles across New York Life.

New York Life’s industry leadership

Liz highlighted New York Life's robust strength and stability as hallmarks of the company’s success. Being a mutual life insurance company, New York Life operates for the benefit of its policy owners, maintaining a long-term view rooted in core values of financial strength, humanity, and integrity.

Explore the full article, where Liz shares more about herself and New York Life’s culture and values, here.


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Media contact

Lacey Siegel
New York Life Insurance Company
(212) 576-7937