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This post originated from our 1000,000th FLMI celebration that took place in 2015. In honor of Life Insurance Awareness Month this year, we'd like to share this story with you. 

The FLMI is a globally recognized professional designation, and we have designees around the world. We love hearing from them, and here are a few who share their stories:

Becoming an FLMI is such a fulfilling designation, which I earned years ago. It was a self rewarding experience on learning all about insurance and the financial services industry.

Being a member and part of the globally-recognized standard of excellence in insurance education made me proud. Cheers to the FLMI celebration!

Rowena P. Carandang, FLMI, ACS
Regional Accounting & Control, Asia, Sun Life Financial Asia Services, Philippines

I’m working at La Capitale in the city of Chicoutimi, Québec, Canada, and have been working since 1998. I’m a secretary and I wanted to understand life management, so I began to learn LOMA’s courses in 2000. I really appreciate that La Capitale gave me the opportunity to do it. I graduated in December 2008, and I was at Orlando’s Congress in September 2009.

Very proud to be one of the 100,000 FLMIs !

Lynda Youde, FLMI, ACS
Secrétaire de direction, Centre financier regional, La Capitale, Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean - Côte-Nord, Québec

Many years back when I was still a young engineer, my career seemed stagnant without a clear vision of the future. I possessed a lot of energy and initiative and made extensive effort yet it seemed like I repeatedly moved from one unfortunate business situation to the other.

Today, I am the Chairman and CEO of GlobeMed, one of the leading managed care organizations in Africa and the Middle East with 14 operations spread around some of the countries of the region. I’ve been leading GlobeMed for over 20 years. However, the road to success is never easy.

My earlier failures motivated me to make a career change. I was most determined to succeed, but I didn’t know how, since I was entering the life insurance domain coming from a totally different sector. The best break that I got then was to get introduced to the LOMA professional education program. This opened to me a world of knowledge relating to the workings of the life insurance business.

I sincerely believe that this opportunity was the turning point in my career; I had a huge thirst to learn and a lot of catching up to do. The LOMA program came in to fill a major gap in my professional disposition. I was very soon achieving strides ahead with my career.

Going through the professional learning process helped me in many ways. While studying for my FLMI & eventually the M/FLMI (masters level program), I effectively got introduced to well-structured basics, as well as to professional conceptual business models that continue to serve me to this date. With each course I studied, my mind became more attuned to the matters at hand and more capable of structured and analytical thinking. I rapidly gained insights and understood the value of planning. Gradually, I became much better focused and my peers started to listen more carefully to what I had to say. Most importantly, I became more aware of how the company’s environment can carry a tremendous impact on its future. I became a strong defender of forward thinking and innovation at my company.

Mounir M. Kharma, FLMI/M
Chairman and CEO, GlobeMed, Lebanon

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