When Bridgette Castillo graduated from CSUF’s business school in 2001, she had no idea that her journey would take her into risk management.
Castillo earned her bachelor’s degree in both economics and business administration, concentrating in management information systems. At the time, risk management was not an option for study.
“When I was going to school, the college did not offer a degree or concentration in risk management,” says Castillo.
Like many people in the industry today, she says, “I just fell into it after I graduated.”
An invitation to an insurance job fair got the ball rolling. For the first couple years after graduation, Castillo worked as an insurance adjuster.
“Within about four to five years, I was able to make the leap into risk management,” she says. “And, I have been there ever since.”
Castillo currently is the risk finance manager for St. Joseph Health. She assists in purchasing property and casualty insurance for St. Joseph Health in addition to providing assistance with any risk management issue that may arise.
Now that her journey has led her to a career that has inspired her, Castillo is taking her experience and using it to inspire current students. She is a member of the alumni association and president of the Orange County chapter of the Risk Management Society (OCRIMS). Through the society, she works with Mihaylo College’s Center for Insurance Studies and its director, Weili Lu.
“I am excited to be able to partner with Dr. Lu on this journey to build the center,” says Castillo, who recently attended the college’s Insurance Day representing OCRIMS and talked to students about getting involved in risk management.