Member Mondays - Sandra Gaurin

May 8, 2022
Sandra Gaurin
Director Client Services
Gallagher Bassett Technical Services
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How many years a CREW Member?
4

Fun Fact
Passionate horseback riding person and overall nature lover, will find any opportunity to spend time outdoor in nature, also passionate about discovering food and culture across the world.

What did you want to be growing up?
Since I was a little kid I wanted to be a veterinarian and unfortunately this path wasn't available to me back in France where I grew up and did my college education. I then decided that working in the environmental field to improve the quality of life of future generations and preserve natural resources was a perfect fit for me. I started working in the environmental field more than 2 decades ago and found a split passion between environmental insurance projects and Brownfields projects. The latter made me join CREW as a great platform to meet and network with women in CRE.

What advice would you give your younger self?
I think I would tell myself to be more assertive and not be afraid to ask. It has been demonstrated that women in general don't dare ask for promotion, raises or being considered for more challenging projects. I did fall in that category and I only started recently being stronger in my opinion, asking for raises/promotions if they were not provided directly by the company and being more efficient in mentoring other women in our organization. I would tell my younger self not to be afraid but to be strong.

How do you encourage women reports, colleagues and friends in CRE to persevere, despite challenges?
I encourage women to make sure their accomplishments are seen. So often women have a tendency to think their work speaks for itself and while it may, different parts of leadership may get glimpses of different aspects. The only person who can put all of your accomplishments together and paint the picture of how great you are, is yourself. Keep track of your accomplishments/recognition and share that with your manager at review time or a scheduled sit-down. If a client sends you an email telling you what a great job you did, don't hesitate to forward it on to your manager.