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Power Women In Insurance


Together we are stronger! On the Power Women Insurance Podcast, we get to ask the questions about how to excel and thrive in the insurance industry as a POWER Woman in this space.

Hosted By

Hosted By

Teresa Kitchens

In this episode of the Power Women in Insurance Podcast, Teresa sits with Patty Lares to talk about her insurance journey that spans over 30 years. She is the president and founder of AA Lares Insurance Services in Anaheim, California. 

She shares how she has learned to navigate the challenges that came with being a woman and as an agency owner.

Listen in to learn how you can get out of your head and learn to care for your business as if it’s a part of you for long term success. You will also learn the power of embracing the team spirit to ensure everyone feels like part of the business.

“If it comes from your heart, it’s going to land for someone…you can’t be all things for everyone but you can be enough for someone and that’s all that matters.– Patty Lares [19:20]

“It’s always in the giving that we find the biggest pleasure.”– Patty Lares [29:56]

Top Takeaways:

  • How to get out your way for the success of your business.
  • Learning to understand that you cannot be all to everyone even in business.
  • Understanding when running a business as a woman you’re as good as the next man. 
  • Embracing the team spirit- making every member of the team contribute and feel at home.

What you will learn:

[2:16] She tells her insurance journey from a 16 years old receptionist to an agency owner. 

[12:31] How she has learned to get out her own way and care about her business.

[13:26] Where does her business largely specialize in?

[16:24] How to teach yourself that there’s nothing to lose and try everything. 

[21:34] She explains how she has been able to overcome the challenges that came with running a business as a woman. 

[26:45] Learning how to shift into every mode in your business.

[31:31] What advice would she give to a woman who wants to join the insurance industry. 

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