Hello NAPW, my name is Carolyn Philmon and I am currently a Personal Risk Manager and Licensed Agent with the Horace Mann Insurance Agency in Simi Valley, CA. It is a 70 year-old company formed by educators for educators. We provide financial planning education and support primarily to the education community, but also work with many clients in various other industries and trades. It is my responsibility to meet with our clients periodically to ensure that they are correctly covered for their property, casualty, life and retirement needs and objectives.
Prior to making a transition into the financial planning industry two years ago, I spent the first 40 years of my business career as a Loan Administration Executive in the banking industry, managing large Mortgage Loan Servicing Operations for various banks and savings institutions. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my daughter, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, traveling with friends, watching movies, reading and networking with other professional women.
I have been involved in various professional networking groups over the span of my career and have always found them enriching and beneficial. I joined NAPW in April, 2014 and accepted the role of Chapter President in January of 2015. I took on this responsibility because I believe there is a huge need for women to mentor and support one another. The Simi Valley Chapter had many inactive members and I wanted to try and build it up again. I did not want the Chapter to dissolve.
The incredible profession women of our Chapter have encouraged me to persevere in my new vocation and never give up. I see others determined to keep on and stay positive through all of the ups and downs of business and life in general, so we lift each other up when needed. I value the friendships I’ve made and have been fortunate to cultivate within this group of women.
As a leader of a strong and empowered group of professional women, I welcome the challenges. The greatest challenge has been the continual development of building up and sustaining the attendance at our meetings. Of course, the rewards outweigh the challenges—like seeing the women who attend enjoy each other’s company and the great speakers we have been fortunate to bring in this year. I have also had the pleasure of meeting our new members one-on-one for coffee and have gotten to know them individually. We have some exceptional women in this group!
I believe this Chapter has been an encouragement and a positive experience for all of the women who have attended our meetings. Our speakers add value to our meetings and share information useful to professional women. My future goal for the Chapter is to build a Board to support our efforts. I have some wonderful colleagues who have helped me from time-to-time, but I do not have a “formal” Board for the Chapter as of yet.
We are working together to grow this Chapter, and reach out to all of the members and encourage them to re-engage. I know they will see the benefits and value when they do so.