Diligent Worker Who's Eager To See A Better World For All
Agnes was born in 1974 in Gitathii-ini village in Nyeri County. She went to school at Tetu Girls primary school until 1989. She proceeded to Kangubiri High School where she obtained a Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) in 1993. Agnes graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Chiang Mai Rajabhat University (Thailand), in 2014.
The rise from humble beginnings to prominence in realms of business
Agnes started her career as a house help in Nairobi before scrapping her way into insurance, which opened her way to not only making money but also a big name in the industry.Mrs Kariuki, who was voted best insurance salesperson for three years in a row by the Association of Kenya Insurers, was brought to the city from her home in Nyeri in 1995 by a relative, her aunt, before her luck met opportunity.While at her aunt’s, she saw a newspaper ad for insurance sales people which she applied. While the job advert put the age limit at 25 Kagure, then 20, went ahead and applied and convinced the panel she had what it takes.She started her life earning commissions and staying in Ruiru. She then moved to Mathare North and later to Dandora. When she got married, she shifted to her husband’s house in Umoja then later to Kitengela.Mrs Kariuki, 44, defied odds to rise to the top of the game, ending up owning an insurance agency, Insurance Consulting Group (ICG). In 1999, she was promoted to unit manager, where she recruited trained and managed agents.
Agnes Kagures Kariuki Personal life
Agnes Kariuki is married to Isaac Kariuki, a career civil servant and is a mother of two children. She lives with her family in Nairobi. Mr. Kariuki describes Agnes as humble a woman who always creates time for family.
Approach to life and work
Agnes’ principle of success is persistence which, she says, conquers resistance. “If you are a messenger, do it like you are delivering to the queen and if in sales do it diligently and God will bless the work of your hands.”In 2005, 10 years after joining insurance, she was elevated to agency manager in charge of several units and agents. She says her people management skills were loved by those who worked under her.She was indeed living by her maxim of FOCUS, which she translates to ‘Follow One Course Until Successful’. A model she advises Kenyans to adopt.
Before establishing ICG, she was the Executive Financial Advisor at CFC Stanbic, and was involved in the merger between American Life Insurance Company (ALICO) and CFC Bank to form CfC Life Assurance Limited. In 2011, she was named in the Top 40 Women Under 40, an annual list of women who have risen to occupy positions of influence in Kenya before the age of 40.