April Yearby

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Insurance executive and "warrior in heels" April Yearby, in brief.

April Yearby

Home: Colorado.  Birthplace: Colorado.  Profession: Financial insurance.  Organization: ComTech-Leavitt Insurance Services.  Title: Vice President.  Pronouns: She/Her/Hers.

Recent recognition: Featured as "Leader of the Week" on the cover of Legacy Magazine for my dedication, leadership and performance helping organizations with cyber security risk mitigation.  Recent professional development: Joined CHIEF, a private network designed for the most powerful women who are changing businesses and industries.  Latest accomplishment: Election to the National African American Insurance Association, Colorado Board of Directors.  Latest contribution to others: Rededicated as an ordained Deaconess performing pastoral work focused on the well-being of others, with priority attention to the vulnerable and youth.  Recent travel or adventure: Swimming with sting rays in Grand Cayman.  Not sure what I was thinking!  Last book read: Lessons Learned: Short Stories of Continuity and Resilience, by Michele L. Turner.  Recent unique activity: Collaboration as a guest in an author's book.

Personality profile: Compassionate, driven, analytical, dedicated.  What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Genuine.  Moral compass: Biblical Scripture and The Golden Rule.  How do you define a perfect friendship? One rooted in honesty and authenticity.  What is at the top of your bucket list? Trip to Africa.  How do you relieve stress? Hit the gym.  What ingredient is essential to your perfect vacation? Fun.

What three emojis best describe you? 🤔🙏🏼🤗.

What was your first paying job? Cleaning office buildings.  What was your favorite college course? Anatomy.  What was your favorite childhood toy or game? Operation.  What book have you repeatedly read? The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R. Covey.  Besides your parents, who has had the greatest influence on your life? Madam C. J. Walker.  What’s the best advice you received growing up? Don't ever walk with your head down.  Always hold your head up high, be confident and believe in yourself.  What personal circumstance has had the greatest influence on your life? Bringing life into the world, learning how to be a provider.

What change are you working on to effect in your profession or field? Providing hyper-awareness and hybrid solutions through collaborations to business leaders designed to shift their approach to and decision-making related to risk management and insurability.  What message do you want to send out into the world? No matter what trials or tribulations you are faced with, remember that it is only for a season, and you will get through it.  Keep your head up and your eye on the sparrow.

What title would you choose for the movie about your life? A Life of Strength and Perseverance.  As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? A lawyer.  What advice would you give your younger self? Anything is possible!  What day in your life would you choose to re-live? Any of the pivotal moments in my children’s lives when they understood what they were able to accomplish despite challenges and struggles.

Personal mission: Serving my Heavenly Father on this earth in hopes that He can look at me and say, "Well done, good and faithful servant".  Personal motto: We only get one shot at this thing called life.  Favorite quote: "Are You Living or Just Existing?" (Tyler Perry).

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