Leading the Way

Veteran profile: Christina Cash uses military skills to lead

Christina Cash, manager in the Service Center, has been with Unum since April 2016 and appreciates the integrity, commitment and accountability she encounters on a daily basis.

Here, in a Q&A with WorkWell, she talks about her military career and how she’s using what she learned in the military to excel at Unum.

WorkWell: In which branch of the military did you serve?

Cash: I was an active duty Air Force officer from 2009-2014, working in the personnel career field. I spent my military career stationed in somewhat desolate areas, including the frozen tundra of North Dakota and the barren desert of New Mexico. Also, I was deployed in Kuwait and Afghanistan to assist with military operations in those areas. When I was in Kuwait in 2011, I worked around the clock to help coordinate the movements of our soldiers and airmen out of Iraq during the drawdown of Operation New Dawn. It was such a rewarding experience to get them out of harm’s way and help get them acclimated to a peaceful country before heading home to their loved ones.

WorkWell: How has the transition from the military to corporate America been?

Cash: It’s very difficult to start over in a different industry and to translate your military skills and accomplishments into a language others will understand. Unum has made the transition easy; Unum recognizes and embraces diverse backgrounds and leadership capability. I feel valued here and my current role challenges me and stretches me every day, which I love. I also very much enjoy leading my team of rockstar billing coordinators – their work ethic and professionalism is second-to-none!

WorkWell: What did your time in the military teach you and how are you applying what you learned to your corporate life?

Cash: My time in the military taught me a lot about leadership. During my five years of service, I worked for some amazing and some not so amazing leaders. I realized that leadership has absolutely nothing to do with rank or position; it’s all about one life influencing another. The most important theme I learned as a leader in the Air Force is that leadership is a privilege. I’m nothing without the team that I lead, and I owe my success to them and I strive to take care of their needs each day so they can succeed. My job is to serve my team, to remove barriers where they exist and to inspire each team member to greatness. I consider it such a joy to invest in the lives of my teammates, and to have them invest into mine as well.

WorkWell: What impressed you about Unum?

Cash: Unum’s culture and values of integrity, commitment and accountability resonated with me and played an important role in attracting me to the company. In the Air Force, our core values are: Integrity First, Service before Self, and Excellence In All We Do. It’s very important to me to work with professionals who respect one another and uphold values such as these in their careers. Unum is filled with bright, motivated people who have service-minded hearts and can-do attitudes. I consider myself very blessed to be a part of this stellar company.

WorkWell: Is there anything else about your military career that you’d like to share?

Cash: I’m now on the recruiting team of the Unum Veterans Networking Group. Our plan is to help bridge the gap for military veterans who are looking to make that change from the military to the corporate world. We’re committing to working with local agencies and our HR partners to bring quality military talent into a rewarding career at Unum.