Member Profile: Theresa Critchfield

Current job or job title: Commercial Lines Underwriter

Employer: Columbia Insurance Group

Hometown: Sedalia, MO

First job: Kentucky Fried Chicken

Awards/Professional Recognitions: Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), a professional designation in property-casualty insurance and risk management

What led you to your current career?
Well, nobody ever plans to go into insurance, do they? In my early 20’s, I was looking for a clerical job and applied for a job answering phones at an insurance agency and here I am.

Best part of your job:
I am constantly learning new things; it seems every day someone asks you something you have not been asked before!

Currently reading:
Twelve Women of the Bible by Lysa TerKeurst and others; Dare to Lead by Brene Brown

Things that occupy your free time:
Outdoor activities such as running, biking, swimming, stand up paddleboard, and hiking.

Something that brings you joy:
Faith, family and friends

Place you want to visit:
I’ll go anywhere a fun group of friends are willing to explore with me!

Favorite place you’ve visited:
I visited Australia and New Zealand in 2017.

Advice for someone new to Columbia:
Take advantage of the trails in our community. There are places you can get so lost in nature, you forget you are still inside the city limits.

Describe a scene of your vision for the future:
I have a desire to find a not-for-profit in my community that I can feel passionate about and volunteer time to. I hope that being involved in Women’s Network will lead me to that organization.

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