National Volunteer Week

In honor of National Volunteer Week, I’d like to share a bit about why I volunteer for the CAS Syllabus and Exam Committee. As you spend years of your journey to becoming an actuary on exam preparation, some of you probably don’t consider the massive amount of effort going on behind the scenes to compile … Read more »

Looking to the Future of Working Women After One Year of COVID

As Women’s History Month 2021 ends, let’s discuss women’s futures. We devote the month of March to honoring the accomplishments of women around the world. Many of them took big risks and suffered many setbacks on the way to achieving greatness. Over the centuries, women have gained the right to vote, taken on a major … Read more »

From Actuary to CEO: A Conversation with Kathy Antonello

For my President’s Message columns published in the Actuarial Review magazine, I will be talking to distinguished actuaries who embody the new Envisioned Future for the CAS. Videos of these interviews will be available as Web Exclusives on the Actuarial Review website and the CAS YouTube channel. “I moved to Reno about 18 months ago for a new adventure and to … Read more »

Interview with RPM General Speaker Robert Hartwig

What impact has COVID had on the insurance industry? How has it impacted our foreign markets? What is the biggest risk the insurance industry currently faces? As we look forward to our upcoming 2021 CAS Ratemaking, Product, and Modeling (RPM) virtual seminar, scheduled for March 15-17, we spoke with one of our general session speakers, … Read more »

Actuarial Review Presents: A Conversation With Frank Chang by Jessica Leong

Every CAS president has the opportunity to share a president’s message in each issue of the Actuarial Review. While many presidents have used this space to share their insight on current events or deep dives on the profession, I’m trying something different. For my president’s messages, I’ll share interviews with actuaries who embody our new … Read more »

Open Communities and Lucrative Networks

I’ve been a Deadhead for over thirty years. One of the things that made the band so easy to get into was the fact that their concert recordings – thousands of them – were freely traded among fans. I had boxes filled with cassettes that allowed me to experience over a quarter century of performances. … Read more »

CAS Unveils New Three-Year Strategic Plan

As many CAS members know, the CAS has officially unveiled its new Strategic Plan. This plan is the culmination of an extraordinary amount of careful thought, discussion and decision making. At the time I officially began my role at the CAS this past January, we could not have anticipated the enormous challenges this year would … Read more »

The Actuary and Social Justice Annual Meeting General Session

The summer of 2020 brought race into the national conversation like no time in the recent past. The acknowledgement of systemic racism as a persistent and pernicious problem led individuals and businesses alike to rethink their practices. The same is true for actuaries and the insurance industry, with the NAIC forming its Special Committee on Race and Insurance, … Read more »

Disability in the Workplace

This year will undoubtedly be one for the history books for many reasons – the political landscape and related policy discussions, social and racial unrest and the new realities of COVID-19. As a result, we’ve all had opportunities to gain new perspectives that help our individual growth. One of my most meaningful learnings from the … Read more »

Being Mentored

“I don’t know why I failed,” I groaned.  “How much did you study?” he asked.  I responded, “A lot!”  “Did you keep track of how many hours you studied?” he followed up.  “No, I guess I should,” and the lightbulb went on. Mentors have helped me immensely along my journey as an actuary.  I am … Read more »