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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

03/24/2020- In this episode of the Power Women in Insurance Podcast, Teresa talks to Dawnyel Smink of the Canyon Lands Insurance. She shares her journey from a 6th-grade teacher to an insurance agency owner. 

She shares how an inconsiderate comment from her former manager about having a child made her decide to go independent. This has also prompted her to help other women balance both a family and a successful career. 

Listen in to learn how Dawnyel has committed to helping women regain their confidence through her WISE program.

Top Takeaways:

  • The confidence to be both a family and a career woman.
  • Overcoming the fear of trying new things.
  • Tips for women who want success.

Key Moments:

  • [2:31] What is Dawnyel’s insurance journey? 
  • [5:20] She shares her turning point when she decided to go independent.
  • [8:52] How has her educational background helped her manage teams?
  • [11:00] When she lost the fear of trying out new things and found a way to lead her team in the right direction. 
  • [13:19] How she learned to rise above the setbacks.
  • [16:14] Why women need to embrace confidence; plus, the power of women helping women.
  • [22:59] What advice does Dawnyel have for women seeking success?

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