When Jeanne Jankowski first arrived in Houston from small-town Indiana, after graduating college with a degree in Spanish and marketing, she thought she’d eventually go to law school. But when she got a job as a casualty underwriter trainee, it fit right in with what she had always enjoyed — and three decades later, “here I am,” she says.

Now EVP, head of energy and marine at Zurich, Jankowski found the insurance industry to be the  “perfect blend, where you use your analytical skills with legal concepts and contracts, but  you’re also market-facing, engaging with brokers and customers,” she says. “Once I started, I said, ‘Why would I want to do anything else?’ I knew it was a great career path if I wanted it.”

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