My Visits with CAS Members and Candidates in Wisconsin: Insights and Feedback

Recently, I made a trip through Wisconsin for visits with American Family, CUNA Mutual, and Sentry. I enjoy these meetings, as it is always a pleasure to meet with and hear from CAS members. We have a passionate membership that wants to continue to make the CAS better. At these meetings, I discussed four major … Read more »

Case Competitions for University Students

Through the volunteer time and efforts of the University Engagement Committee’s Case Competition Working Group, the CAS has made it easier than ever to run an actuarial case competition for university students! Employers can work with universities to select from three prepackaged case competitions, complete with toolkits that offer guidance, timelines, and templates to run … Read more »

Expectations for the CAS for 2018: My Presidential Goals

I am honored to be the incoming President of the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS), and I look forward to starting my term on November 8th. The CAS is the premier educator of property casualty actuaries in the world. We have nearly 8,000 members in 42 countries, and another 4,000 active candidates taking our exams every … Read more »

2017 CAS Leadership Summit Recap

Our annual CAS Leadership Summit, held September 7-8 in Chicago, was a huge success thanks to the great group of volunteer leaders and staff who attended. The Summit is organized by the President-Elect to set the stage for the coming year as President, and I’m proud to have had the opportunity to host this year’s … Read more »

Pathways to the Certified Specialist in Predictive Analytics (CSPA) Credential

Did you know there is more than one way to obtain the new Certified Specialist in Predictive Analytics (CSPA) credential offered through The CAS Institute? The CSPA credential validates practical knowledge in applied predictive analytics and data science as used in data-intensive industry sectors. There are currently over 50 CSPA credential holders. There are four … Read more »

ASTIN: Give It a Try!

When I first became an actuary 30 years ago, and again about 20 years ago when I first entered academia and began devoting more time to research, I enthusiastically joined ASTIN, the non-life special interest section of the International Actuarial Association.  I enjoyed receiving the green volumes of the ASTIN Bulletin twice per year, and … Read more »

Women’s Actuarial Professionals Network (WAPN) dives into Confidence and Negotiation Skills for Women in the Workplace

PwC hosted its second Women’s Actuarial Professionals Network event in its New York City office on March 22, 2017. While the event brought together women in the actuarial and insurance fields, event organizer and CAS Fellow Kuda Chibanda made it clear that the topics of discussion could be applicable to women in any profession. Despite … Read more »

Resources for Actuaries Expanding Their IT Skill Set

Are you:  Working on expanding your skill set by joining an IT project team at your organization? Having trouble understanding what your IT co-workers are saying? Frustrated that the data from the company’s data warehouse has errors? Curious about all the buzz regarding the term “data science” and wondering what it means for your actuarial … Read more »

Strategic Planning in a World of Constant Change: The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

This blog post is based on the “From the President” column in the January/February 2017 issue of the Actuarial Review. We are posting it here in an effort to solicit member comments on issues that will affect our refreshed Strategic Plan. We welcome you to leave a comment below. I am looking forward to the … Read more »

Emerging Concerns of Workers Compensation for Insurers and Actuaries

A concurrent session at the CAS Annual Meeting in November 2016 explored the impact of the costs of prescription drugs on workers compensation (WC) medical costs, including: the estimated accident year 2014 prescription drug share of WC medical costs, the impact of price and utilization changes on prescription drug costs, the potential drug cost savings … Read more »