Beverly Parker – Creating History: Women in Tech & Business Leadership at Athenium Analytics
This March we celebrate Women’s History Month by recognizing some of the fantastic women at Athenium Analytics. Our company is so proud to have so many exceptional women across all of our teams, including meteorology, data science, engineering and product management. These women are making history every day by solving some of the toughest problems in the insurtech world. Karlene Kiskinis, Design & Social Media Manager at Athenium Analytics, will be interviewing women all month long and sharing their stories and insights about their careers in tech.
Meet Beverly Parker. She is the Vice Chair, Executive Vice President and one of the Co-Founders of Athenium Analytics. Beverly heads Sales, BD, Marketing & Account Management at Athenium Analytics – ensuring client & prospective-client needs are being exceeded every day.
Name: Beverly Parker
College / Grad School (and Majors): University of Evansville (Indiana) B.A. Education
Title: Vice Chair, Executive Vice President, Co-Founder
Office: Home based in Florida
Time at Athenium Analytics: Since 2012-2013 as the co-founder of Weather Analytics
What is your role at Athenium Analytics?
My primary role is change management with a focus on sales. I have general business skills and knowledge, so I can help different areas of the business understand the need to collaborate with one another. Everyone in the company needs to understand what, and how, their job contributes to customer satisfaction. In other words, every employee should perform as though they are in sales.
How did you start your career?
I started my professional career as a junior high school teacher of social studies in rural Maryland and at a reading lab in DC public schools. I then transitioned to the business world as a trainer at Mead Data Central (now LexisNexis). During my 22 years at LexisNexis, I held multiple positions in training, sales administration, account management, sales and as an executive. I led teams that specialized in global marketing, national sales performance and merger integration at companies that used technology and science to make information accessible to wider audiences.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to join the Foreign Service and travel the world.
What was your very first job?
I had three jobs in high school: I babysat, was a clerk at a cleaning business and a JC Penney catalog salesperson.
What motivates you?
I am motivated by understanding the ‘so what’ of that problem and matching the problem to the required information. To paraphrase Maya Angelou, “when you know better, you do better.” It’s these answers that help the world to know and do better.
What is the most challenging part of your job?
The most challenging part of my job is communication. Even with all our digital tools, communication remains our greatest challenge.
What is the best/most rewarding part of your job?
The most rewarding part of the job is working myself out of a job – coaching others to lead.
What is one of your greatest professional achievements?
My greatest professional achievement is seeing all the people I’ve managed take on leadership positions – as company presidents, CEOs or longtime sales leaders.
What was the most challenging part of getting to where you are today?
The most challenging part of my career has been dealing with stereotypes.
What is one leadership lesson you’ve learned in your career?
The most important leadership lesson I have learned is to “seek first to understand.” Understand what motivates the ‘other side.’, and then work on finding common ground.
Do you have any advice for women pursuing their careers?
Career advice for women: observe and study successful people around you. Ask for tough assignments and solicit feedback.
What unique skills/experiences were you able to bring at Athenium Analytics?
I have witnessed 39 years of information technology evolution and the customer expectations of that technology.
What made you interested in working for Athenium Analytics?
First was the realization of the important role that insurance plays in society. Second were the challenges in information management (large, unstructured, publicly available weather data combined with large, messy corporate data) and emerging insurance questions.
What are your career goals?
In five years, I hope to be retired…finally!
Who is your greatest inspiration?
My greatest sources of inspiration are my Mom and my family.
What are your favorite books?
Some of my favorite books that I still remember are ‘Yes I Can’ by Sammy Davis Jr., ‘The Good Earth’ by Pearl S. Buck and ‘Lay Bare the Heart’ by James Farmer.
Stay tuned for more insights from inspiring women at Athenium Analytics!