2013-14 GIS Webinar Series

Autonomous Vehicles and the Impact on the Insurance Industry

Apr. 9, 3:00-4:00pm EST

Advancements over the past decade have allowed companies such as Google, Audi, Nissan, and Mercedes to bring driverless cars out of the realm of science fiction and onto our roads. The potential benefit of autonomous vehicles to society is enormous – the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration estimates that 90% of the crashes that result in over 30,000 fatalities each year are due in part to human error.  Consequently, removing the human from the equation represents an incredible opportunity to improve the safety of our roads.

This technology represents a fundamental change in transportation risk, and professionals throughout the insurance industry are well-positioned to add value to this emerging area. This webinar will provide an overview of the state of autonomous vehicle development and discuss the impact on the insurance industry in areas such as liability insurance and data collection. Our presenter will be Sherry Huang, Actuary and Data Scientist with Saama Technologies, Inc.

This webinar is brought to you by Gamma Iota Sigma and the Casualty Actuarial Society, a leading resource in educating casualty actuaries and conducting research in casualty actuarial science.

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Preserving Patient Safety in the Era of Healthcare Reform

Feb. 20, 2:30-3:30pm EST

Hospitals will need to do more with less in the near future, as Healthcare Reform is fully implemented in the United States.  What does this mean for healthcare providers, employers, risk managers, and patients?  In a recent survey of hospital C-suite executives and risk managers conducted with patient safety expert Dr. Marty Makary, MD, AIG has identified the major concerns and challenges healthcare leaders are facing, summarized in a white paper “Patient Safety; Hospital Risk.”  This presentation will summarize the background and results of this study, providing insights into current challenges, potential solution and potential impact on medical malpractice at a critical time.

This webinar is brought to you by Gamma Iota Sigma and AIG, one of the world’s largest insurance and financial services organizations.

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Actuarial Examinations: The Past, Present and Future

Feb. 12, 3:00-4:00pm EST

The Society of Actuaries announced that it would discontinue jointly sponsoring preliminary actuarial examinations with the Casualty Actuarial Society as of December 31, 2013. As we begin 2014, how does this affect university students preparing for a career as an actuary? Attend this webinar to gain insights on this important question and learn about changes to the CAS preliminary actuarial exams. The session will also describe how the CAS is taking steps to strengthen its position as the premier professional society for property/casualty actuaries.

This webinar is brought to you by Gamma Iota Sigma, the international risk management, insurance and actuarial science collegiate fraternity, and the Casualty Actuarial Society, a leading resource in educating casualty actuaries and conducting research in casualty actuarial science.

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E&S: The Exciting and Sexy Side of Insurance

Jan. 16, 2:30-3:30pm EST

From complicated risks like NASCAR racetracks to exotic risks like one-of-a-kind dream homes and everything in between, the Excess and Surplus Lines Industry has a market for unique exposures. Please join us as we briefly review the inception and evolution of the non-admitted market. Our instructors will give you a flavor of the variety of exposures covered as well as an insider’s look at the underwriting of these complex and often inimitable policies. Considering this “niche” of the industry is over $20 billion in direct written premium and consistently outperforms the insurance industry at large, you will definitely want to include this segment of the marketplace in your career pursuits.

This webinar is brought to you by Gamma Iota Sigma and the American Association of Managing General Agents (AAMGA), the trade association to international wholesale insurance professionals.

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Underwriting & Loss Control: Team Work Makes the Dream Work

Dec. 19, 2:30-3:30pm EST

This session is a must for future leaders interested in loss control and underwriting. Learn the importance of working together and how to leverage the expertise of loss control consultants to underwriters to build a profitable book of business for your company! Our presenter is Josh Hart, Marketing Underwriter at Amerisure.
 This webinar is brought to you by Gamma Iota Sigma and Amerisure, one of the top 200 Property & Casualty companies in the United States.

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Marketing Excess and Surplus Lines: The Safety Valve of the Insurance Industry

Dec. 5, 2:30-3:30pm EST

From the weird to the cutting edge, from the big to the small, the excess and surplus lines industry provides coverage for risks that cannot be placed with admitted carriers.  Whether it is products coverage for an unusual hangover remedy manufactured in China, medical malpractice coverage for a surgeon with a history of amputating the wrong leg, or a 50 story hurricane-prone high-rise in South Beach, the E&S industry has you covered. This presentation will explore the excess and surplus lines distribution channel and how hard-to-place risks find a home.  Our presenter is Mark Schauss, Manager of Wholesale Marketing & National Accounts at Markel Corporation.

This webinar is brought to you by Gamma Iota Sigma and Markel Corporation. Founded in 1930, Markel underwrites customized insurance products. Insurance segments include Markel Wholesale, Global Insurance, Markel Specialty, Global Reinsurance, and Markel International.

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Basic Reserving: Estimating the Liability for Unpaid Claims

Dec. 4, 3:00-4:00pm EST

This session will provide a high level overview of the reserve estimation process. After introducing some of the key concepts and vocabulary, we will walk through a few of the basic reserving techniques. The presentation will include examples of data organization, link ratios, key assumptions, and potential problems to provide insights into the type of reserving work you may be doing in your first full-time actuarial position. Our presenter is Betsy DePaolo, FCAS, Vice President and Lead Reserving Actuary, Bond & Financial Products at Travelers Insurance.

This webinar is brought to you by Gamma Iota Sigma and the Casualty Actuarial Society, a leading resource in educating casualty actuaries and conducting research in casualty actuarial science.

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Career Opportunities: Broker vs. Carrier

Nov. 21, 2:45-3:45pm EST

Join us as we set out to compare career opportunities on both the carrier and brokerage sides of the industry. Specifically, we will explore two different career paths: Underwriter and Producer. Our presenter is Scott Burns, CPCU, CIC, AIC of BB&T Insurance Services. Scott is an industry executive with extensive experience on both the carrier and broker sides.

This webinar is brought to you by Gamma Iota Sigma and The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers (CIAB), the premier association for the top regional, national and international commercial insurance and employee benefits intermediaries worldwide.

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