Officer Resource Toolkit

Industry Engagement

Engaging the insurance industry connects your chapter to a wide variety of professional opportunities. The insurance industry is recognizing the imminent talent gap and is investing in schools and programs across the country. Forge relationships with local/national employers and organizations to enhance your members’ experiences and learning opportunities.

Benefits of Having an External Affairs Officer/Industry Affairs Officer

  • Actively seek industry engagement opportunities for your chapter.

  • Ensure that your chapter is aware of all upcoming industry events in your area.

  • Update and maintain a database of:

    • GIS alumni

    • Potential local industry speakers/panelists

    • Other local insurance industry partners 

  • Create content (i.e. a newsletter or fundraising efforts) that can be sent to alumni and local industry partners or sponsors. 


Why Engage the Industry?

  • Create networking opportunities

    • Provides a platform for students to make connections.

  • Explore different career paths.

  • Learn from experience and knowledge

    • Professionals can share their views of the industry.

  • A potential source of funding for your chapter.

Who Can Assist?

  • Ask your chapter alumni to help connect your chapter with their companies.

  • Faculty Advisors and other faculty from your college. 

  • Local Companies/Organizations

  • ​GIS Grand Chapter

  • GIS Partner Organizations

    • GIS Members have access to a variety of professional organizations.

    • Contact the local chapters in your area and ask to attend their monthly/quarterly meetings and participate in your chapter events. 

How to Engage the Industry

  • Lunch & Learns

  • Virtual events: Webcasts, e-learning sessions, etc.

  • Company Tours

  • Contact your local GIS Alumni Council Chapter

  • Company Presentations on Campus

    • Alumni love to be invited back to campus to speak to students!

  • Community Service Partnership

  • Happy Hours/Coffee Hours

  • Case Study/Internship for a Day

  • Professional Association Meetings

  • Career Fairs

  • Insurance Industry Conferences (RIMS, WSIA, AAMGA, CPCU, etc.)

When to Engage the Industry

  • All Year-round!

  • GIS conferences

    • Several companies attend GIS conferences. 

  • Career Receptions

    • Invite companies to attend!

  • During Internships

Tips for Success

  • Send a save-the-date at least two months before your event.

  • Email a calendar invitation, so they can store the event easily.

  • Dress for Success: Wearing business clothing (professional or casual) can make an impression with industry professionals.

  • Collect Business cards and contact individuals later.

  • Build your chapter’s network.

  • Use LinkedIn: Connecting with professionals you have spoken with keeps track of your network and allows them to see your chapter’s accomplishments. 

  • Send thank gifts, notes, and emails after interactions.

  • Collaborate and share event ideas with other chapters:

    • Alumni panel/speakers

    • Networking dinner

    • Sporting events

    • Volunteer activities with alumni.

  • Remind alumni to complete the GIS Alumni Update Form to provide their current employment & contact details.

Insurance Careers Month (ICM)

  • Keep an eye out for this industry initiative held every year in February.

  • Seeks to inspire young people to choose insurance as a career, share what makes the industry a great one to work in, and collaborate to retain emerging leaders in insurance.

  • More than 1,000 global industry organizations have come together in support of the Insurance Careers Movement!

  • Career Trifecta: Choose insurance as a career that is stable, rewarding and limitless!