2016-17 GIS Webinar Series

The GIS Webinar Series is a forum for our entire membership of over 4,000 students to participate in discussions revisiting the highest rated educational sessions from the Annual International Conference, as well as topics from our Sustaining Partners. Thank you to Assurex Global for providing the host technology.

Recent Webinars

The Actuarial Career - Things the SOA & CAS Don't Tell You

Wednesday, January 25, 2:30-3:30pm EST

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This webinar is brought to you by Gamma Iota Sigma and ACTEX Learning.

Presenter: Bill Marella, CEO of ACTEX Learning

There is a great deal of information about the actuarial profession, the exam process, and even the career available free, online. However, there is also quite a bit of information that isn’t widely known about the profession. ACTEX Learning CEO, Bill Marella, will present “The Actuarial Career – Things the SOA & CAS Don’t Tell You.” Students interested in actuarial science will find this information very helpful as they pursue internships or full-time jobs and as their actuarial careers blossom. Topics include:

•  Trends in the U.S. Insurance Industry
•  Trends in the Employment Market
•  Beginning a Career as an Actuary
•  Important Differences Between Insurance Product Lines and How these May Impact your Career, Employment Marketability, and Compensation
•  Consulting versus Insurance Jobs
•  Investment and other career options

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The Impact of Meaningful Marketing and Client/Broker Relationships

Thursday, February 23, 11:00am-12:00pm EST

This webinar is brought to you by Gamma Iota Sigma and AIG.

Presenters: Mamadou Sow and Sabrina Hanitz (Sigma, 2007), AIG

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Have you ever wondered how marketing can drive new business, retain clients, or strengthen relationships in the insurance industry? Join AIG’s Global Chief Marketing Officer and the National Retail Channel Leader, Broker Engagement to learn how AIG strategically utilizes meaningful marketing to lead to meaningful relationships with clients and brokers.

Mamadou Sow – Global Chief Marketing Officer, AIG. Mr. Sow leads the Commercial Marketing Centre to identify and optimize opportunities that will improve the customer experience and differentiate AIG’s products and services. With Marketing oversight across the enterprise, Mr. Sow works closely with the commercial leadership teams across Product, Distribution, and Zones, to build and execute marketing strategies, plans, and initiatives to drive business growth. His responsibilities include analytics, market research, sales enablement and readiness, digital, products and services marketing, brand building, and advertising. Mr. Sow joined AIG in 2006, prior to which he spent 15 years in senior executive level marketing and general management positions within the financial services industry in the U.S.. He holds a BS in International Studies.

Sabrina Hanitz, ARM – Executive Broker Manager, Assistant Vice President, Broker Engagement, U.S. Commercial, AIG.
Ms. Hanitz is responsible for the development, coordination, and execution of core strategies for AIG’s National Retail Channel of U.S. Commercial Broker Engagement Practice. She also serves as an Executive Broker Manager managing the strategic engagement with several key trading partners for AIG and implementing corporate sales training for its U.S. Commercial operation. Ms. Hanitz began her career in Aon’s Construction Services Group in Chicago and joined AIG in 2011 as a Business Development Manager. Ms. Hanitz is a graduate of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where she received her MBA. She received a BBA in Risk Management and Insurance from Temple University and has completed her ARM designation. She serves on the Gamma Iota Sigma Board of Trustees and Executive Committee, and is Vice President of the GIS Alumni Council.

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The Business & Science of Pet Health Insurance

Wednesday, March 15, 2:30-3:30pm EST

This webinar is brought to you by Gamma Iota Sigma and the Society of Actuaries.

Presenter: Laura Bennett, FSA

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Many actuaries consider pet insurance not much better than alien abduction insurance – but that’s only because they don’t know any better. This session will delve into the subtleties of pet insurance and why this product line is worthy of actuarial interest. The conversation will be interwoven with the story of how an actuary jumped from life & health to pet insurance while building a pet insurance company from an idea and a business plan to a rapidly growing private equity-funded company.

Laura Bennett, FSA, CEO and Co-Founder of Embrace Pet Insurance
Laura Bennett, FSA worked in various actuarial roles at an insurance company in Toronto, Canada and Dublin, Ireland for 12 years before obtaining her MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated as both a Palmer Scholar and a Siebel Scholar. At that time, Laura co-founded Embrace, which has grown to a profitable company with over 75,000 insured pets and 85+ employees. Laura was the first pet insurance actuary in the United States and was named to the Society of Actuaries’ Top 100 Actuarial Pioneers for developing the actuarial models behind the leading edge customizable pet insurance product.

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The Sophistication of Business Insurance

Wednesday, March 29, 3:00-4:00pm EST

This webinar is brought to you by Gamma Iota Sigma and Nationwide.

Presenter: Eric Coleman, CPCU

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Business insurance is one of the last holdouts in a financial world that has gone from relationship orientation to technological innovation. While relationships are at the heart of any industry, business insurance is now moving forward with models, analytics, and adoption of technology faster than ever before. This session will explain the advancements this industry is experiencing and will evolve toward in the future.

Eric Coleman, CPCU, AVP, Commercial Analytics, Modeling, and Business Information, Nationwide
Eric Coleman, CPCU, has been in the insurance industry for 23 years, spending most of his career at Travelers and Nationwide. He has worked in Claims, Sales, and primarily Commercial Underwriting. In his underwriting career, he has spent time managing local agency relationships and books of business with career advancement toward the management of a regional underwriting center, and national product management and analytics responsibilities. Eric resides in the Des Moines, Iowa area. He has been married for 20 years and has a daughter who is a senior in high school and a son who is an 8th grader.

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Actuarial Insights on the Risks of Tomorrow - Automated Vehicles

Wednesday, April 12, 3:00-4:00pm EST

This webinar is brought to you by Gamma Iota Sigma and the Casualty Actuarial Society.

Presenter: Rick Gorvett, FCAS, MAAA, CERA, ARM, FRM, PhD

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Interested in hearing about how actuarial analysis is bringing quantitative insight to one of the most talked-about emerging risks in insurance? Then participate in this session about the work of the CAS Automated Vehicle Task Force! Many new vehicles offer crash avoidance features – warnings and automatic braking – while advances in intelligent transportation systems will soon allow vehicles to communicate with one another and road infrastructure to further avoid incidents. As we move to operations where a machine responds to data it records, how will that data be handled? This session examines automated vehicle research, technological advancements and opportunities, political and legal risks, and the role of industry professionals, especially actuaries.

Rick Gorvett, CAS Staff Actuary
Rick Gorvett, FCAS, MAAA, CERA, ARM, FRM, PhD, is Staff Actuary with the Casualty Actuarial Society. He was formerly a professor and director of the actuarial science program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, one of the largest actuarial science programs in the world, where he advised and prepared his graduates to enter the workforce. He has been a spokesperson for the CAS regarding automated vehicles and the actuarial issues associated with their evolution and use.

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