IABA Annual Meeting Registration

August 1 – 3, 2019
Marriott Marquis
Houston, TX

CAS Student Central members are invited to attend the 2019 Annual Meeting of the International Association of Black Actuaries (IABA), scheduled for August 1 – 3, 2019 at the Marriott Marquis in Houston, TX.

Register today, and take advantage of early bird discounts. Fees increase after July 2.

Benefits for Students:

  • College-tier professional development sessions
  • Networking with actuaries of all ages
  • Opportunity to connect with mentors
  • Over 35 companies exhibiting at career networking event
  • On-site interviews
  • Discounted rate – $125 members, $150 non members

Benefits for Professors:

  • Professional development sessions for all experience levels and practice areas
  • Networking with actuarial employers and other program directors
  • Over 35 companies exhibiting at career networking event
  • Discounted rate – $125 members, $150 non members


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Students and Actuarial Candidates Invited to Apply for a 2019 OLA Travel Award to Attend an Upcoming Conference!

The Organization of Latino Actuaries (OLA) will be sending students and actuarial candidates to four events this year. Students are invited to apply through OLA’s website. Dates below are inclusive of travel days.

OLA will cover the following costs: Air Travel, Lodging, and registration fees. Some meals will be provided.

At each event, an OLA board member will attend the conference with you, providing a direct link to their actuarial and industry network. These events will allow you to learn more about the insurance industry and give you an opportunity to speak to a number of different actuaries about their work. ALPFA and GIS also have career fairs as part of their conference.

This is one application for all 4 events – the deadlines for each one are listed below.

SOA Health Meeting

June 23-25, 2019
Phoenix, AZ
Deadline: May 31, 2019
Winners will be notified by June 7, 2019

The Health Meeting is an annual meeting for actuaries practicing in health insurance, and has attendance of about 1,000 actuaries. You will have the opportunity to network with OLA students, members and leaders. You will attend the Candidate Connect Day that the SOA plans for students; and have an opportunity to network with actuaries at this conference.

ALPFA – Association of Latino Professionals for America

August 2-6, 2019
Nashville, TN
Deadline: June 15, 2019
Winners will be notified by July 2, 2019

The ALPFA conference has over 50 companies in attendance, including about 10 from the insurance industry.

At the ALPFA convention you will attend workshops hosted by different companies. There will also be opportunities to network with individuals at those companies as well as Latinos working in other industries. Companies are interviewing for internship and full time positions for 2020.

CAS Casualty Loss Reserving Seminar (CLRS)

September 16-18, 2019
Austin, TX
Deadline: August 15, 2019
Winners will be notified by August 28, 2019

CLRS is a conference for actuaries whose main work is setting reserves for insurance liabilities. The attendance is around 500 actuaries. You will have the opportunity to network with OLA students, members and leaders. You will attend the Student Day that the CAS plans for students; and have an opportunity to network with actuaries at this conference.

GIS – Gamma Iota Sigma

September 25-28, 2019
Dallas, TX
Deadline: August 15, 2019
Winners will be notified by August 28, 2019

GIS is a Risk Management fraternity that is tied very closely to the insurance industry. You will attend workshops on a number of topics aimed at college students. You will network with actuaries attending the conference, and be able to participate in the career fair – where companies are recruiting for internships and full time positions for 2020. In 2018, there were over 20 companies that hire entry level actuaries.

Application Available on OLA’s Website

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CAS Sponsors Successful 47th Annual Gamma Iota Sigma International Conference

CAS Student Ambassadors with Mallika and AlisaThe Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) joined over 625 of the top insurance, risk management and actuarial science students and advisors from 65 colleges and universities across North America at the Gamma Iota Sigma (GIS) 47th Annual International Conference October 4-6, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. As a Sustaining Partner of GIS and a Platinum Conference Sponsor, the CAS had an active presence at the three-day conference, themed “Amplifying Disruption.” The CAS presented two educational sessions, interacted with students at the career fair, and met with university faculty.

GIS Booth 4The conference offered students exposure to the insurance sector and programming related to its many diverse career paths. With 84 exhibiting organizations and nearly 600 internship and entry level job interviews, the conference remains the most comprehensive event for the next generation of the insurance industry. The CAS provided a booth staffed with CAS member volunteers, who shared their advice and insights as practicing actuaries with students. CAS volunteers included Mallika Bender, Meghan Goldfarb, Chris Gross, James Hollman, Carlo Lahura, Alisa Walch, and Chase Wurdeman.

The two educational sessions led by the CAS included:

  • Understanding Predictive Analytics
    This session, presented by Meghan Goldfarb, FCAS, CSPA, Architecture Director at State Farm and Chris Gross, ACAS, President of Gross Consulting, covered how to get started in predictive analytics and provided examples of real world actuarial applications.
  • Warranty Case Study
    This session, presented by Alisa Walch, FCAS, Actuarial Studies Program Assistant Director at the University of Texas at Austin, took the students through an interesting insurance application, delving into a smart phone warranty case.

In addition, the CAS:

  • Delivered a presentation to university faculty at the Faculty Roundtable.
  • Participated in a gathering of insurance industry trade and professional organization representatives at the Association Roundtable.

Group Photo - BoothAlso of note, during its meeting held in conjunction with the conference, the GIS Board of Trustees approved its new President, CAS Member Wesley Griffiths, FCAS, Second Vice President and Actuary at Travelers. In addition, the Board appointed Mike Boa, Chief Communications Officer at the Casualty Actuarial Society, to his third term on the Board.

Notable industry-leading events that took place at the 2018 Conference:

  • GammaSAID, a groundbreaking student-focused initiative fostering meaningful dialogue and action across the industry around diversity, inclusion, and authenticity, facilitated the exploration of these topics throughout the program, with an interactive presentation during the Recruiters Roundtable, and in sessions led by Chief Diversity Officers and students from the GammaSAID Council.
  • Insurance Nerds Day, a new event featuring 20 engaging Learning Labs, a Distracted Driving Luncheon presented by Travelers, and an engaging line-up of speakers for Nerdy Nanotalks.
  • In partnership with the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF), students and advisors held a letter-writing community service project to benefit Cradles to Crayons and Operation Gratitude, kicking off GIS’s 5th Annual Week of Giving.

Predictive Analytics Presentation - Chris and MeghanGIS is committed to developing and sustaining a robust collegiate talent pipeline and connecting students who are interested in pursuing careers in insurance to opportunities across the industry.


The next GIS Annual Conference will be held in Dallas, Texas.



About the Casualty Actuarial Society
The Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) is a leading international organization for credentialing and professional education. CAS credentials demonstrate the expertise to identify, analyze and advise on the potential financial impact of risk and uncertainty. Professionals educated by the Casualty Actuarial Society empower business and government to make well-informed strategic, financial and operational decisions.


About Gamma Iota Sigma

Incorporated in 1965 and boasting an annual membership of over 4,200 students and 25,000 alumni from a growing network of over 80 colleges and universities throughout North America, Gamma Iota Sigma (GIS) is the industry’s premier collegiate talent pipeline with over 50 years of experience engaging students and preparing them for careers in insurance. GIS is the only organization of its kind and is the solution to the industry’s talent gap issue, pursuing a mission to promote, encourage, and sustain student interest in careers across all functional areas in insurance. GIS is committed to growing and supporting the number of highly qualified students entering the industry; to that end, not only has its core programming meaningfully expanded and diversified to include such initiatives as GammaSAID, One Campus at A Time, and the recently launched 2018 ITC Student Program in collaboration with InsureTech Connect, the number of GIS students and active chapters has more than doubled in recent years and continues to grow. In partnership with Sustaining Partners, corporate supporters, professional organizations, trade associations, and other industry collaborators, the full spectrum of GIS programming provides its members with valuable interaction with the industry, as well as the tools to pursue and succeed in an insurance career. For more information, visit: GammaIotaSigma.org.


About the GIS Annual International Conference
First held in 1973, Gamma Iota Sigma’s Annual International Conference is the largest international event of its kind convening top talent looking to enter the insurance industry with representatives from companies and organizations who recognize the importance of a talent pipeline and sustaining interest in industry careers. The conference attracts the very best and brightest students throughout North America pursuing careers across all segments of risk management and insurance. For more information, visit: GammaIotaSigma.org/events/international-conference/

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Midwest Actuarial Student Conference

Midwest Actuarial Student Conference
Fri, Sep 21, 2018, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Sat, Sep 22, 2018, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM CDT
UWM Student Union
2200 East Kenwood Boulevard
Milwaukee, WI 53211

Attention students! The sixth annual Midwest Actuarial Student Conference (MASC) will be held at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, September 21-22.

On Friday, September 21 from 5:30 – 8:30 pm, students will have the opportunity to network with sponsors and peers. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

On Saturday, September 22, from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, students will have the opportunity to hear industry experts speak about the actuarial profession. The program topics include updates from the CAS and SOA, industry opportunities, study tips, interview tips, predictive analytics and more!

Registration is free and will close exactly one week before the start of the conference, on Saturday, September 14.

For more information on the schedule, or to register, visit the website.

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Attend CAS Student Program at the Casualty Loss Reserve Seminar in Anaheim, CA!

The Casualty Actuarial Society is offering a Student Program at this year’s Casualty Loss Reserve Seminar (CLRS) in Anaheim, CA on September 6, 2018.  Members of CAS Student Central are invited to participate in this FREE one-day program!

Attend the CAS Student Program for the opportunity to:

  • Enhance your knowledge on reserving and the property and casualty industry.
  • Network with practicing actuaries.
  • Participate in both regular seminar sessions and student-specific sessions.
  • Be mentored by CAS members, who will provide guidance on the actuarial career and help navigate the seminar while you network and attend sessions together.

If you would like to register to attend the CLRS Student Program, please contact Tamar Gertner, CAS University Engagement Manager at Tgertner@casact.org. There are a limited number of spaces, so we recommend you reach out early!

Anaheim Marriott
700 West Convention Way
Anaheim, CA 92802

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Register for CAS Student Central Webinar: Predictive Analytics and Your Actuarial Career

Registration Now Open!
CAS Student Central Webinar: Predictive Analytics and Your Actuarial Career

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
3:00p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET

The CAS will host a webinar for Student Central members to provide an understanding of Predictive Analytics. Data is all around us, and with predictive analytics, we can leverage this data in new ways. Learn more about how to get started in predictive analytics, including:

  • Introduction to predictive analytics and data science and how actuaries use it in the real world
  • Steps you can take now to prepare for a career in predictive analytics
  • Tools and resources are available to you through Student Central and the CAS, including a demo of the Cognalysis MultiRate™ predictive modeling software which all CAS Student Central members now have complimentary exclusive access to thanks to Gross Consulting.

There will be an opportunity for Q&A.

Online Registration

Registration is free and open to CAS Student Central members. You will be able to attend the webinar from anywhere that you have internet access via computer, telephone, tablet, or other streaming device.

Webinar Presenters

Megan Goldfarb, FCAS, MAAA, CPCU, CSPA, Research Manager at State Farm

Meghan Goldfarb is a Research Manager at State Farm, where she has served in a number of roles over the past 10 years, with an increasing focus in predictive analytics and big data technologies. She loves to learn new things – and has earned a variety of designations and degrees. She is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society (FCAS), a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA), a Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), a Certified Specialist in Predictive Analytics (CSPA), in addition to earning her MBA and MS in Business Analytics from Indiana University. She and her husband Jason, who is a statistician, have two amazing children – Ari (age 6) and Emma Kate (age 1) – who are destined to love math as much as their parents.

Chris Gross, ACAS, MAAA, Founder of Gross Consulting

Chris Gross has twenty-five years of experience in the insurance industry. Chris started Gross Consulting in 2005. He has served a wide variety of clients across the United States from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, including insurance companies, banks, manufacturers, and governmental entities. He has provided clients with cutting-edge analytical services as well as unique software solutions. Before starting Gross Consulting, Chris was VP & CFO of the Financial & Professional Services business group at Travelers. Chris has a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and a bachelor’s degree in Economics, both from the University of Minnesota. He also is an Associate of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries.

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2018 OLA Industry Travel Scholarship

The Organization of Latino Actuaries (OLA) is launching a travel scholarship program!

The scholarship sponsors candidates to attend CAS student programs held in conjunction with CAS conferences. The programs offer actuarial students the opportunity to engage with practicing actuaries and learn more about the actuarial profession and the property and casualty insurance industry. At the end of the meetings, students will attend an OLA networking event.

In order to apply, you must be a Latino actuarial candidate with at least one exam passed. Candidates who are new to OLA will be asked to submit a resume.

To learn more and apply, visit the OLA Travel Scholarship application website.

See dates and locations of upcoming CAS Student Programs:

Casualty Loss Reserve Seminar
September 6, 2018
Anaheim, CA

Annual Meeting
November 13, 2018
Las Vegas, NV

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