Media Advisory: Gamma Iota Sigma 46th Annual International Conference, Sept. 28-30, 2017

WHAT: Gamma Iota Sigma, the Insurance Industry’s Talent Pipeline, hosts its 46th Annual International Conference, the premier event for the insurance industry to engage the next generation of professionals.

WHO: Members of the press are invited to attend and/or cover the conference and are asked to register with or contact Alyson Koehler at (484) 991-4471 or

WHERE: Hilton Anatole, Dallas, TX

WHEN: September 28-30, 2017

WHY: Gamma Iota Sigma leads the insurance industry in collegiate talent pipeline development, and the Annual International Conference is the largest gathering for insurance and risk management students, with expected attendance of more than 500 of the best and brightest undergraduates from 56 colleges and universities. The conference offers a unique opportunity to convene top collegiate talent and a wide range of industry representation for three days of professional development, educational sessions, hot topic forums, and the largest insurance specific career fair in North America, with more than 60 exhibiting organizations, and more than 400 job interviews scheduled.


Dive In Festival
Thursday, September 28 – 2:00 PM – 6:30 PM CDT

The GIS Annual International Conference is a featured Dallas location for the global Dive In Festival, an initiative of Inclusion@Lloyd’s and an industry-wide event highlighting the business case for diverse and inclusive workplaces and providing practical ideas and inspiration for how to bring about positive change. GIS is proud to offer programming at the conference to engage its student body and partner organizations in this business critical conversation.

Recruiters Roundtable
Thursday, September 28 – 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM CDT

GIS hosts the second annual Recruiters Roundtable after an overwhelmingly positive response to last year’s session. GIS will again assemble recruiters from global and local companies throughout North America to review the summary results of a survey of student insights on recruiting best practices. Attendees will also have discussions around industry best practices, idea sharing amongst peers, and the opportunity to hear directly from GIS students and alumni on the overall recruiting process. This event promotes understanding between the industry and the students preparing to enter it.

Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) Service Partnership

Thursday, September 28 – Friday, September 29

In partnership with the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) and as a kickoff to GIS’s 5th Annual Week of Giving, the Annual Conference will feature a student-led service project, a professional clothing drive to benefit Dress for Success.

Other Outstanding Programming and Content

Thursday, September 28 – Saturday, September 30

Keynote addresses, educational sessions, and leadership seminars presented by representatives from GIS’s Sustaining Partners and Conference Sponsors

Friday Breakfast Opening General Session
Friday, September 29 – 7:30 AM CDT
Speakers: Eric Smith, SVP, Standard Commercial, Nationwide
Derek Hughes/NAPSLO Educational Foundation Panel

Friday Luncheon Keynote
Friday, September 29 – 11:45 AM CDT
Speaker: Senior Executive Leadership Panel

Friday Night Annual Awards Dinner Keynote, Sponsored by Travelers
Friday, September 30 – 7:00 PM CDT
Speaker: Fred Colon, Chief Diversity Officer, Travelers


Special Educational Sessions:

What is Leadership – How to Succeed in the Corporate World, Presented by Travelers
Friday, September 29 – 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM CDT

Presenter: Patrick Kinney, Executive Vice President, Field Management
This presentation will share insights from an industry veteran on what it takes to be a successful leader in the corporate world today.


The E&S Industry: Where Complex Risk Meets Innovative Solutions, Presented by Derek Hughes/NAPSLO Educational Foundation
Friday, September 30 – 9:45 AM – 10:30 AM CDT and 10:45 AM – 11:30 AM CDT

Presenters: Julienne Fritz, Director of Operations, NAPSLO, and Jake Timmins, Vice President, RT Specialty Group
This session will give students an understanding of the segment of the insurance industry which deals with emerging and unique risks.  Join us for a working professional’s perspective on the challenges students might face on a daily basis if they entered this industry, and to learn how to begin pursuing a career in surplus lines!

Cyber Risk: An Emerging Area for Insurers and Actuaries, Presented by Casualty Actuarial Society

Friday, September 29 – 9:45 AM – 10:30 AM CDT

Presenter: Rick Gorvett, Staff Actuary, Casualty Actuarial Society The frequency and magnitude of cyber-attacks and data breaches have been increasing significantly, with high-profile incidents regularly being reported in the news. Cyber risk has thus emerged as a major issue for actuaries, risk managers, and insurers, as well as for any organization that might potentially be a target of an attack. During this session, we will explore the nature of cyber risks, how such risks are covered by insurance policies, and the process for identifying, quantifying, and managing cyber risks.

Insurance Panel: Discussing the Career Paths within Insurance, Presented by Liberty Mutual
Friday, September 30 – 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM CDT

Come learn about the different career opportunities within insurance! You will hear from employees within claims, underwriting, actuarial and more! They will discuss why they chose their particular career path, how Gamma or school helped shape their decision and answer any questions you may have!

Follow this link for access to the full 2017 Conference agenda



About Gamma Iota Sigma

Incorporated in 1965 and boasting an annual membership of over 4,000 students at 75 colleges and universities throughout North America, Gamma Iota Sigma (GIS) has over 50 years of history of engaging students and preparing them for careers in insurance. GIS is the only organization of its kind and is THE solution to the industry’s talent gap issue, pursuing a mission to promote, encourage, and sustain student interest in insurance, risk management, and actuarial science as professions. GIS is committed to growing the number of highly qualified students entering the industry; to that end, the number of GIS students and active chapters has more than doubled in recent years and continues to grow. In partnership with corporate supporters, professional organizations, and trade associations, the full spectrum of GIS programming provides its members with meaningful interaction with the industry, as well as the tools to pursue and succeed in an insurance career. For more information, visit:


About the GIS Annual International Conference

First held in 1973, Gamma Iota Sigma’s Annual International Conference is the largest international event of its kind convening top talent looking to enter the insurance industry with representatives from companies and organizations who recognize the importance of a talent pipeline and sustaining interest in industry careers. The Conference attracts the very best and brightest students throughout North America pursuing careers across all segments of risk management and insurance. Sponsorship opportunities are still available! For more information, visit: