Her great grandmothers and grandparents were Lorelei’s greatest influences. They lived through WWII in the Philippines where they lost so much, not only in terms of property but of loved ones. Still their humanity and grace were evident in their daily lives through and after the war. It was inspiring to hear unsolicited stories from people they helped during that time and continued to help even after the war. Her parents took her to symphonies and theater and her aunts and uncles exposed her to the Beatles and Harley Davidson. These things of opposites interwoven with people and things she loved seems to be a theme in her life. It helped to keep her grounded while allowing her to explore and enjoy the next adventure.
Lorelei is most proud of her children. She has four, all of whom have graduated from college and are well on their way in their chosen careers. She is a first-time grandmother so spending time with her granddaughter is in a unique category of enjoyment. Other activities include reading, cooking/eating, Yoga and recently Tai Chi.
When asked what led Lorelei to enter the insurance or securities regulatory industry, she replies that she always said that insurance was in her genes belonging to the third generation of insurance professionals. Her grandfather and both parents retired in insurance. Her younger brother is a producer. Two of her daughters had brief stints in insurance as well.
Where she “strayed” is going to the regulatory side of the equation (said with a smile). She has been a regulator for nearly three years. Before then, she was in the Insurance Operations side for more than two decades. In her twenties, she started as a temp in Data Entry ad eventually became a New Business Trainer. She left the work force to raise her family. When she returned to insurance, she managed a Licensing and Compliance Team for an MGA in California.
How did she leave California for Maryland? She visited her daughter who was doing her residency in Maryland. The “visit” was longer than expected and she joined the Insurance Administration. Her daughter moved on to Chicago but Lorelei stayed in Baltimore.
The advice she wants to share with SILA members is to keep on learning and to be open to share your learning. Learn about the industry and share this with your community. Learn about your firm/state and share this with your clients/customers. Learn about your customers/clients and share this with colleagues. As you go on learning and sharing, you may find you learn more about yourself too. Earning the SILA designations is a great place to start.
In closing, Lorelei shares one thing from her bucket list. She wants to watch the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8, 2024. If any of the SILA members live in the path of the eclipse, the Path of Totality, she is inviting herself over. Don’t worry, she’ll bring the wine!