Category Archives: Communications

#CAStyourballot – Vote in the CAS Elections

Did you know:  Only one-third of all eligible voters cast a ballot each year in the CAS elections? This year, with only two weeks to go, just 20% have voted. As an organization, I am confident that we can do better.  And I know our voters like a good challenge. After all, we all took … Read more »

Considerations for the Casualty Actuarial Profession in 2015

Thanks to all who posted comments about challenges over the last year. For review of the many responses that showed up on the CAS website I recommend you view the CAS Risk Management Committee’s (RMC) two previous blog posts: Challenges to the Actuarial Profession in 2014 and Threats to the Actuarial Profession (written in 2012). … Read more »

U.S. Wins Math Olympiad for First Time in 21 Years – Team Proudly Supported by the CAS

For the first time in 21 years, the United States won one of the most intensive math competitions in the world, the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO). Teams of high school students from over 100 countries and seven continents participated in the 56th annual competition, held in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Over two days in July, a … Read more »

Collaboration with Competitors — What Do We Stand to Gain? What Might We Lose?

Whether we like it or not, the environment for the Casualty Actuarial Society and its members is changing.  One might paint different pictures of these environmental changes. One picture might be a major paradigm shift for the CAS that drives innovation and excellence. Another picture might be an evolution of our actuarial profession and the … Read more »

CAS Centennial Projects Recognized for Excellence

For any organization, paying tribute to 100 years of history can seem a daunting task. It will come as no surprise that the celebration of the CAS’s centennial year – culminating in the CAS Centennial Celebration and Annual Meeting in New York in November – was decades in the making. Projects such as the CAS … Read more »

A Question You May Have Heard Before

“Why did you decide to become an actuary?” It’s a question you’ve likely fielded at one point or another from family members, friends, colleagues and new acquaintances. In fact, the frequency of the question is perhaps trumped only by the ubiquitous, “What is an actuary?” So how do you respond when someone asks why you … Read more »

Why Should the CAS Exist?

At a CAS Board meeting last August, Board Member Jessica Leong posed a strategic question: “Why does the CAS exist?” Leong told the Board about author Simon Sinek’s TED Talk inspired by his book, “Start with Why.” Sinek observes how successful organizations communicate and sell themselves and believes that many organizations communicate in questions in … Read more »

Video: What Advice Would You Give to Yourself as a Young Actuary?

Pursuing a career as an actuary is a challenging and rewarding road, requiring a commitment to passing a rigorous set of examinations to achieve CAS credentials while working full-time. After years of experience in the profession, members may reflect upon the advice that they wish they were given during the early stages of their career. … Read more »

Driving Innovation: The CAS Accelerator

My agenda for the CAS has been focused on our future and living up to the aspirations of our current and future members, and our various supporters and constituents. We certainly have challenges: We work in an environment that is questioning traditional business models, is experimenting with new and transformative technologies, and is redefining the … Read more »

Make an Impact as a CAS University Liaison

Take yourself back to your college days…. the future can seem so daunting and confusing. To add to your own internal monologue, the first question anyone asks you is “What is your major?” followed quickly with “What are you going to do with that?”  I made it to my junior year before I knew the … Read more »