Shala Tavakoli

Shala Tavakoli

Risk Control Field Director


Travelers

Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
Theater fire in my home town in August of 1978.
PSA flight 182 crash in San Diego in September of 1987, just a couple of miles away from my apartment, resulting in the loss of 144 lives.
The revolution in my birth country in February1979 after a year of bloodshed and destruction.
Loss of financial support due to the revolution.
Birth of my first child in May of 1979.
The Iran-Iraq war in 1980.
The birth of my second child in January of 1981.

Education

High School
Homa H.S.
Bachelor
B.S. with emphasis in Occupational Safety and Health
San Diego State University

Career

Risk Control Field Director

Manage a group of engineers/consultants who are engaged in risk assessment and risk improvement

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Engineering
Business
Helping People

Day to Day

As a Field Director, I collaborate with our business partners on a daily basis to help with account selection, acquisition and retention. During the process we may determine the need for an onsite, online or on-demand risk assessment. I then select the right consultant for the assessment and ensure the assessment is done in a timely fashion. We then provide adequate information to our underwriters to help them make more knowledgeable pricing decisions.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

On-the-job training and being mentored by a more experienced consultant are a must. The books give you a general idea of how things are made, but what you see at a client's operation can be so different. Corporate culture and management style dictate how these operations are run and you can see if they are run safely and with the utmost respect for their employees.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Make sure you take advantage of the internship opportunities available at the insurance companies that are involved with your college. Become a student member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and network with members.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
B.S. with emphasis in Occupational Safety and Health

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Teachers:

"You are a woman and this is a man's field. You are a foreigner and this field requires English language mastery."

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation Immigrant