Responding to Protests and Police Violence in the US

No doubt, over the next few days or weeks, we will see several articles about the insurance impacts of widespread protests, riots, and looting around the country. While the financial impact is important and relevant to our employers, there’s another impact we should be considering – employees and colleagues of color, especially black and brown … Read more »

Six Books for Actuaries to Excel at Leadership, Strategy and Communication

These are six books that have helped me the most in my actuarial career. It’s not enough to just read these books; you need to practice the skills that they teach. Luckily, volunteering for the CAS gives you ample opportunity to practice these skills. So, I encourage you to go forth and read, practice and … Read more »

The CAS Celebrates YOU During National Volunteer Week

Here at the CAS, our volunteers are our biggest asset, and as National Volunteer Week comes to a close, I want to give our volunteers a personal shout-out. I thank all of our dedicated volunteers for your time, energy, enthusiasm, and inspiration. Especially during the uncertain times we’re living in, we are relying more than … Read more »

Highlights from the March 2020 CAS Board of Directors Meeting

Originally scheduled as an in-person meeting, the CAS Board quickly pivoted in light of growing travel restrictions to gather virtually on March 17 and continue our work on the strategic priorities of the CAS. Before I summarize the highlights from our meeting, I wanted to acknowledge and compliment the nimbleness of the CAS staff, Board, … Read more »

An Actuary’s Guide to Working from Home

For many CAS members, social distancing requirements have changed work/life balance for at least the next few weeks. Many of you are learning how to deal with an extended work from home period for the first time.  For some folks that means they are alone; others may be dealing with spouses, roommates and kids of … Read more »

COVID-19 and the P&C Insurance Industry

Property casualty insurance is an interesting beast. Whereas life, health and pension are defined by what they cover, P&C – as a label – scarcely does justice to its scope. At a moment like this, it seems more fitting to apply the more apt, if nebulous, term “general insurance” to consider how actuarial practice will … Read more »

The Future of the CAS

“Running a business without a strategic plan is like driving across the country blindfolded without a map.” You may have heard different variations on this quote, originally attributed to Forbes. You can fill in the last part of the simile with any number of activities requiring vision or, metaphorically, understanding. Whether you choose the literal or … Read more »

Collaborating in the Cloud

Last August, the CAS made a significant organizational investment. We created an account on GitHub, one of the leading cloud-based platforms, which implements the version control utility, git. Everyone who read that last sentence will have one of three reactions: 1) I love git, it’s about time the CAS did this! 2) I’ve heard of … Read more »

Highlights from the November 2019 CAS Board of Directors Meeting

In pursuit of the Board’s efforts to serve and communicate with the members, this is another installment in our on-going series of blog posts summarizing highlights from CAS Board of Directors meetings. We hope that these posts help CAS members understand the role of the Board and the strategic issues the Board is addressing. As … Read more »

My First Impressions at the CAS

It has been a great first two weeks here at the CAS; the welcome from the staff has been incredible. I remain humbled by the opportunity I have been afforded to help represent such an amazing organization. Whether it be through my formal orientation with the staff, hallway conversations, or grabbing a bite to eat … Read more »