Kate Sampson

Kate Sampson

Vice President, Risk Solutions


Lyft

San Francisco, CA USA


Don’t put too much pressure on having to know everything. Each role you have will continue to build on your knowledge and allow you to be adaptable.

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Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Born and raised in Massachusetts—attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she graduated with her degree in political science and economics.
During her junior year, she took an internship at an insurance brokerage in Chicago—admits she knew nothing about the insurance industry and hadn’t even considered that as a career option.
After her internship concluded, she was offered a job selling commercial insurance as an account executive at their Boston office.
After working there for a year, she decided to take a huge risk and move to San Francisco—got a job cold calling clients and selling insurance for Marsh Risk & Insurance Services.
Over the course of the next 20 years, she worked in a variety of roles at Marsh, getting experience in as many areas of the business as she could.
Met the founders of Lyft when they became her clients—temporarily left Marsh to work in-house at Lyft, building a risk solutions team.
Was recruited back to Marsh for her “dream job,” running their San Francisco office—but after only a few months, she realized she missed her role at Lyft and the opportunities it had given her.
Decided to return to Lyft, where she now works as the vice president of risk solutions, working to solve the complex insurance problems surrounding ride sharing and autonomous vehicles.
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Economics, General
University of Massachusetts Amherst
undergrad
Bachelor
Political Science and Government, General
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Career

Career

Vice President, Risk Solutions

I create solutions to address corporate risks and create new products to help our community thrive.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Business
Business
Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship
Problem Solving
Problem Solving

Day to Day

The best days are those that start with finding a solution to a challenge facing the organization - this solution may have been days, weeks or months in the making! Hopefully, the day also includes devoting some "risk" brainpower to some great new ideas from our product team that will improve the experience for our drivers and passengers. Perhaps we even get a visit from our marketing team who may be prepping for a marketing event where we need to help with contract and compliance review.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Adaptability, organization, teamwork and public speaking.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Don't dismiss any potential career path solely based on the opinion of others...take the time to explore on your own and figure out what makes you happy.

Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"You're working at an insurance brokerage? Oh boy..."

When I first told people I was working for an insurance company, I got a lot of confused reactions from people that just didn't get why. People's reactions had me questioning whether it was the right choice. I eventually realized that they were the ones with the wrong preconceived notions about the industry. I didn't let their opinions bother me and decided to get involved in new areas of the field.