Category Archives: General

Celebrating National Volunteer Week

“Start where you are.  Use what you have. Do what you can.”  – Arthur Ashe, American professional tennis player  This focused attitude applies to so many things in life, but it provided the perfect foundation to jumpstart my engagement with the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) through volunteering. I believe that an essential component in an … Read more »

5 Fun Things to Do In and Around Boston

In anticipation of the CAS Spring Meeting taking place May 7-10, 2023, in Boston, MA, CAS asked Meagan Mirkovich, FCAS, volunteer chair of the Spring Meeting Working Group, to share some of the many activities meeting attendees can experience in Boston! Speaking as a New Englander, I know Boston is a great city to visit … Read more »

Interview with Jim Flinn, FCAS, Head of Risk & Chief Actuary, Breach Insurance

Jim Flinn, FCAS, MAAA is the Head of Risk & Chief Actuary at the InsurTech startup Breach Insurance, where they are building a full stack insurance carrier to serve the growing crypto and blockchain industry. Jim spent nearly 20 years in the traditional insurance space at established carriers before taking the leap into the world … Read more »

Eliminating the Penalty for Incorrect Responses

Eliminating the Penalty for Incorrect Responses Authored by: Carrie Cross, CAS, Chad Buckendahl & Susan Davis-Becker, ACS Ventures, LLC One of the concerns about multiple choice questions is that candidates can randomly guess and get a correct response. Although true in theory, well-constructed multiple choice questions include a correct response and alternative response options, often … Read more »

Be An Actuary Month: A Shining Example of Staff, Volunteer and Partner Collaboration 

Originally featured in the March-April 2022 issue of AR  Interview with CAS President, Kathy Antonello  This interview is focused on one, action-packed month, but members should know that our efforts to reach students and career changers has been a long-term, multi-year project. The CAS is fortunate to have vital programs in place to promote the … Read more »

National Volunteer Week – Why I Volunteer for the CAS

As a member of the CAS (Casualty Actuarial Society) for over 20 years, during National Volunteer Week, I am thinking of how the success of our organization depends greatly on the thousands of volunteers (and members of the CAS staff) that contribute to the CAS. For the past 10 years, I have been volunteering on … Read more »

CAS & NAWA Highlight Two Inspiring Female Actuaries

As we celebrate Women’s History Month in March, the Casualty Actuarial Society and the Network of Actuarial Women and Allies interviewed Julie Joyce, FCAS, senior vice president and chief corporate actuary at Travelers and Janet Lindstrom, FCAS, executive vice president and chief transformation officer for Arch Insurance North America. Thank you, Julie, and Janet, for … Read more »

CAS Women’s History Month- Profiling Marcela Granados

Marcela Granados, FCAS, CSPA, has been a long-time supporter of the actuarial profession. She started her actuarial career within the insurance industry, then moved to consulting before finally joining Databricks, a data and AI company, as their global head of insurance. Marcela was raised in Mexico City, but she was born in the United States … Read more »

Black History Month – Highlighting CAS Community Voices

February is National Black History Month – a month honoring the contributions and legacy of Black people throughout U.S. history. To celebrate, the CAS ran the BHMxCAS campaign, sharing special features and stories on our LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter platforms using the hashtag #BHMxCAS. Below we are sharing some highlights from three Black History … Read more »

An Actuary and an Epidemiologist Walk into a Bar 

Actuaries and epidemiologists share a lot in common. Both use advanced mathematical tools to study human behavior, investigate patterns, and manage risks. The medical profession has long utilized epidemiological models to understand the dynamics of epidemics and to project the trends, preparing for the allocation of medical resources and developing public health policies. Similar goals … Read more »