Jessica Rogin is the Vice President of Specialty Claims, US Casualty for Liberty Mutual Group and the winner of Tyson & Mendes’ first Professional Mentorship Award in honor of her efforts to close the gender gap and promote the growth of female claims professionals. Jessica is responsible for the leadership and management of the claims operations that support Liberty’s National Insurance Specialty’s verticals, including Construction, Energy, Public Entity, Healthcare, Programs and Unsupported Excess.
Throughout her almost 25-year career, Jessica has been instrumental in guiding the development of numerous claims professionals. Jessica’s focus on the careers of women within the Liberty Mutual Insurance organization is underscored by her active participation in the Liberty Employee Resource Group “WE” for women empowerment and her willingness to be accessible to her female colleagues as a career coach and mentor. Learn more about this role model and avid traveler below.
T&M: Tell us a bit about your professional background?
JR: I began my career as a practicing attorney in 1992 in New Jersey. I started working in insurance claims toward the end of 1995 and have been in claims ever since.
T&M: What do you like about working in the claims department?
JR: I like how every day brings something different — new people, new challenges. When I first started working in claims, I thought I would do it for a year or so until I figured out what I wanted to do next. Now it has become my career and my life’s passion.
T&M: What has been your biggest accomplishment?
JR: My biggest accomplishment has been being able to advance many women into management positions — not because they are female, but because they are the most qualified candidates. One woman who worked for me started out as a front-line manager and over the years, through my direct mentorship, was able to rise up through the ranks and now is a vice president in the company.
T&M: What is one piece of advice you would give to a woman in the field of law?
JR: You must be confident in yourself and your ability. Do not allow yourself to be intimidated, even if you are the only woman in the room.
T&M: Can you tell us a little bit about your role in Liberty’s women empowerment (WE) group?
JR: The mission of WE is to enrich the work environment and career opportunities of all employees by building a culture of open communication and inclusiveness. One of our goals this year is to organize a New York chapter of WE and plan more New York-based events for women and men to come together and engage with and empower one another.
T&M: What did you think when you learned you had won Tyson & Mendes’ Professional Mentorship Award?
JR: I was very honored and very surprised. Surprised because I do not think of myself as making a conscious effort to empower other women — supporting others just comes naturally to me.
T&M: Who is one of your female role models?
JR: One of the greatest people I have ever worked with was my most recent former manager, Jamie Trish. Whenever I thought I was at a place in my career where I knew everything I needed to know, she would teach me something new. She set a great example for me and taught me to be a more engaging manager and leader.
T&M: What inspires you to be a mentor?
JR: Having the “pay it forward” mentality. I have benefitted greatly from mentors who helped me throughout my career, and now I would like to give back to other younger professionals.
T&M: What do you do when you are not working?
JR: I like to hike and travel. Recently, I traveled to Iceland and last year I completed a hiking trip in Portugal.