Thinking back, Laura Henderson sees the positive impact a few industry leaders had on her own career when they took the time to help with her development goals, inspiring her to do the same for the next generation.

“My current and past professional positions allowed me to really reap the benefits from a few amazing mentors,” says Henderson, vice president of Insurance Portfolio Management for SIAA, an alliance of independent insurance agencies headquartered in Hampton, New Hampshire.

“One was a prior manager, who was a true mentor and leader. He guided me along the way with questions that I had to help me navigate,” says Henderson, who was one of the founders of SIAA’s mentorship program. “Now I understand just how important that was in shaping my life and career. I believe it’s important to pay it forward and [a mentorship program is] a truly important thing to have in any organization.”

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