Professional Association Guide
Through collaboration with industry associations and trade groups, this comprehensive guide provides information on how to effectively engage with each organization.
Casualty Actuarial Society
Casualty Actuarial Society, A Sustaining Partner of Gamma Iota Sigma
4350 N. Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22203
Mike Boa, email@example.com
Tamar Gertner, Tgertner@casact.org
What is the overall mission of Casualty Actuarial Society?
The Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) is a leading international organization for credentialing and professional education. Founded in 1914, the CAS is the world's only actuarial organization focused exclusively on property and casualty risks and serves over 8,000 members worldwide. CAS members are experts in property and casualty insurance, reinsurance, finance, risk management, and enterprise risk management. Professionals educated by the CAS empower business and government to make well-informed strategic, financial and operational decisions.
How does your organization currently interact with members of GIS? Do you offer benefits that are exclusive to GIS members? The CAS has been a Sustaining Partner of GIS since 2013, and is a Platinum Sponsor of its annual conference. The CAS engages with GIS members by offering them access to CAS Student Central, a free student membership program developed to help actuarial students make the successful transition from the classroom to a career as a property and casualty actuary.
Does your organization offer a student membership category? If yes, is there a cost for student membership? The CAS currently offers a free student membership for CAS Student Central. The program provides exclusive member resources on its accompanying website, CASstudentcentral.org. These include access to free practice exams, predictive modeling software with accompanying training videos, webinar recordings on student-specific topics ranging from 'Predictive Analytics and Your Actuarial Career' to 'Excel and R for Actuaries' to 'Landing Your First Actuarial Job", and more! Members are invited to two webinars and five in-person CAS Student Programs held in conjunction with CAS meetings and seminars annually. These programs include activities like speed networking, professional headshots, mock interviews, and deep dives into the property and casualty topics.
What are the best ways for students to engage with your organization? The best way for students to engage with CAS is through the Student Central program and website. Students can participate in webinars, read blog posts, gain access to the monthly newsletter, and more!
Does your organization target a specific major or field of study? The CAS primarily targets students studying actuarial science or a related field.
Does your organization have chapters around the country? If yes, please provide any applicable links The CAS does not currently have chapters around the country, but it does have several regional affiliates:
•BACE - Buckeye Actuarial Continuing Education (Ohio)
•CABA - Casualty Actuaries Of The Bay Area (Northern California)
•CADS - Casualty Actuaries Of Desert States (Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico)
•CAGNY - Casualty Actuaries Of Greater New York (New York, New Jersey, Eastern Pennsylvania, and Western Connecticut)
•CAMAR - Casualty Actuaries Of The Mid-Atlantic Region (Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia)
•CANE - Casualty Actuaries Of New England (Eastern Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont)
•CANW - Casualty Actuaries Of The Northwest (Alaska, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Washington, British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan)
•CASE - Casualty Actuaries of the Southeast (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia)
•CSAF - Central States Actuarial Forum (Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota)
•MAF - Midwestern Actuarial Forum (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin)
•SCCAC - Southern California Casualty Actuarial Club (Southern California)
•SWAF - Southwest Actuarial Forum (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas)
- Scholarships offered through Casualty Actuarial Society: The CAS Trust Scholarship Program aims to further students' interest in the property/casualty actuarial profession and to encourage the pursuit of the CAS designations. The CAS Trust Scholarship is open to students currently enrolled full-time at a university in the US or Canada and have sat for at least one actuarial exam. Details about the application process and deadlines are released each fall.
- Conferences offered through Casualty Actuarial Society: The CAS hosts free one-day student programs held in conjunction with its five largest annual conferences throughout the year. These programs include activities like speed networking, professional headshots and mock interviews, as well as deep-dive discussions into the P&C topics that align with each CAS seminar (ratemaking, reserving and reinsurance.)
- Internships offered through Casualty Actuarial Society: CAS does not specifically offer internships however, Student Central members have access to the career center where they can search for internships and jobs.
Claims and Litigation Management Association
Claims and Litigation Management Association
4100 S. Hospital Drive
Plantation, FL 33317
Susan Wisbey-Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tina Pernie, email@example.com
What is the overall mission of CLM?
The CLM is the largest professional association in the insurance industry with a membership of more than 45,000 professionals in the claims resolution and litigation management industries. Founded in 2007, the CLM membership benefits from our networking events, continuing education programs, and a wide variety of industry resources. The CLM, a member of The Institutes, is dedicated to meeting the professional development needs of the claims and litigation management industries. Founded in 2007, the CLM membership benefits from our networking events, continuing education programs, and a wide variety of industry resources.
What are the best ways for students to engage with your organization? Join the CLM. There's no cost.
- Internships offered through CLM: Internship opportunities available in the claims industry each summer.
International Association of Black Actuaries
International Association of Black Actuaries (IABA)
PO Box 270701
West Hartford, CT 06127
Kate Weaver, firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the overall mission of International Association of Black Actuaries (IABA)?
The International Association of Black Actuaries is a professional and student member organization whose mission is to contribute to an increase in the number of black actuaries and to influence the successful career development, civic growth and achievement of black actuaries.
Our vision is to be the world's leading actuarial organization dedicated to influencing diversity by developing and recognizing the achievement of black actuaries.
Membership in our organization is open to all who support our mission.
How does your organization currently interact with members of GIS? Do you offer benefits that are exclusive to GIS members? Reciprocal Membership
Does your organization offer a student membership category? If yes, is there a cost for student membership? Yes, $15 for college students, but free to GIS members!
What are the best ways for students to engage with your organization? Annual Meeting, Scholarship, Boot Camp, Mentoring
Does your organization target a specific major or field of study? Actuarial Science
Does your organization have chapters around the country? If yes, please provide any applicable links Yes. https://www.blackactuaries.org/page/Affiliates
- Scholarships offered through International Association of Black Actuaries (IABA): Yes. IABA Scholarship.
- Conferences offered through International Association of Black Actuaries (IABA): Yes - IABA Annual Meeting
International Association of Insurance Professionals
International Association of Insurance Professionals (IAIP)
3525 Piedmont Rd NE
Building 5, Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30305
Beth Chitnis, email@example.com
Amanda Hammerli, membership@IAIP-ins.org
What is the overall mission of International Association of Insurance Professionals (IAIP)?
Insurance Professionals serves its members by providing professional education, an environment in which to build business alliances and the opportunity to make connections with people of differing career paths and levels of experience within the insurance industry.
Membership is open to all professionals in the insurance and risk management industries who strive for and practice professionalism, regardless of their career level.
We foster and encourage diversity, offering a network for members in all career categories, all lines of insurance and all cultural and diverse backgrounds. We promote mentoring, acceptance of change, personal growth and flexibility of participation.
How does your organization currently interact with members of GIS? Do you offer benefits that are exclusive to GIS members? GIS students who have opted into an IAIP membership are offered a complimentary limited membership that includes all national level benefits.
Does your organization offer a student membership category? If yes, is there a cost for student membership? Yes, a student member category is available to those who are enrolled in 12 credit hours per term in a college, university or vocational school. Students can join at a reduced rate for national level benefits. GIS students are offered a membership at no cost while actively involved with their GIS chapter as reported by GIS Grand Chapter.
What are the best ways for students to engage with your organization? GIS students can take advantage of IAIP educational opportunities at the member rate. This includes the CLP program and webinars. Many of our monthly educational webinars are free for members including GIS students. The CLP program is an online self-study leadership designation that students can pursue and earn prior to graduation.
Does your organization target a specific major or field of study? No
Does your organization have chapters around the country? If yes, please provide any applicable links Yes, we offer 7 regions, 25 council and 132 local chapters.
Local Chapters: https://www.internationalinsuranceprofessionals.org/page/strctr_lev_4
- Scholarships offered through International Association of Insurance Professionals (IAIP): Yes, the NAIW Legacy Foundation Collegiate Scholarship. Application Deadline: January 15 https://www.internationalinsuranceprofessionals.org/page/foundation_scholar
- Conferences offered through International Association of Insurance Professionals (IAIP): Yes, the IAIP International Convention offers a GIS student discount for full event access.
Additional Information: The IAIP designation CLP is obtainable prior to graduation! Get started today set yourself apart from the competition and earn some letters for behind your name.
Certified Leadership Professional (CLP) https://www.internationalinsuranceprofessionals.org/page/CLP
International Risk Management Institute
International Risk Management Institute (IRMI), a Sustaining Partner of Gamma Iota Sigma
12222 Merit Drive, Suite 1600
Dallas, TX 75251
Millie Workman, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jack Gibson, email@example.com
What is the overall mission of International Risk Management Institute (IRMI)?
IRMI helps insurance and risk management professionals do a better job by providing Content, Conferences, Continuing Education, and Certifications.
IRMI publishes the most comprehensive risk and insurance library of any publisher. The IRMI KnowledgeBase has more than 75,000 pages. Our subscriber family encompasses thousands of risk, insurance, and legal professionals serving all industries across the globe.
In addition, IRMI publishes an extensive library of free articles, white papers, a glossary, and other content on a wide range of topics on IRMI.com, one of the most visited websites for risk professionals.
IRMI also offers a number of free e-mail newsletters that serve as companions to both our free content and our subscription-based reference services. The flagship e-mail newsletter, IRMI Update, has one of the largest circulations in the property and casualty insurance arena with more than 53,000 subscribers.
IRMI provides the content for insurance continuing education courses for a subsidiary company, WebCE, the largest provider of online CE courses for the financial services industry. IRMI and WebCE work together to provide top-notch courses at reasonable prices and backing it all up with superior technology and customer service.
Recognizing the need for industry-specific risk and insurance continuing education we offer the Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist (CRIS) certification program, the Management Liability Insurance Specialist (MLIS) program, the Energy Risk Insurance Specialist (ERIS) program, the Transportation Risk and Insurance Professional (TRIP) program, and the Agribusiness and Farm Insurance Specialist (AFIS) program.
IRMI also hosts national and regional risk management and insurance conferences that focus on specific industries. The IRMI Construction Risk Conference was the first such program, and IRMI now also hosts the annual Energy Risk & Insurance Conference as well as the Emmett J Vaughan Agribusiness Conference.
How does your organization currently interact with members of GIS? Do you offer benefits that are exclusive to GIS members? GIS student members receive a complimentary subscription to the IRMI KnowledgeBase, a $5000 value. Many students find this information great to supplement their course work and for projects.
Does your organization offer a student membership category? If yes, is there a cost for student membership? No, we are not a membership organization.
What are the best ways for students to engage with your organization? Students can subscribe to IRMI reference library, access free content on IRMI.com, subscribe to IRMI newsletters, and use the Career Success dashboard to access information on career success best practices, expert commentary and what's new in the IRMI KnowledgeBase.
Does your organization target a specific major or field of study? Property and casualty insurance
- Conferences offered through International Risk Management Institute (IRMI): Yes. We offer a construction conference, an energy conference, an agribusiness conference, and a transportation conference. We offer students a limited number of complimentary and discounted registrations to attend.
- Internships offered through International Risk Management Institute (IRMI): One or two per year
National African American Insurance Association
National African American Insurance Association
1030 15th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
Ken Branch, firstname.lastname@example.org
Margaret Reid, email@example.com
What is the overall mission of National African American Insurance Association?
The National African American Insurance Association (NAAIA) was organized to create a network among people of color and others employed in or affiliated with the insurance industry. The association currently has 15 chapters, with 2 others in development, throughout the nation and its members represent every sector of the industry. Pooling this wealth of talent contributes significantly to the association and its members through the sharing of professional knowledge, information and experiences.
NAAIA attempts on a continuous basis to promote and enhance professionalism in a manner that leads to industry recognition and career opportunities for its members.
NAAIA coordinates the national efforts of the association and welcomes memberships from those individuals who do not have a local chapter in their area. If interest exists to build a local chapter in a respective city, NAAIA will engage the nearest chapter to liaison with the interested parties.
NAAIA engages in the following activities: quarterly newsletters, planning, promotion and execution of national conferences, advocacy on national issues, providing thought leadership in many insurance related areas and maintenance of an insurance database.
NAAIA is dedicated to empowering African American insurance professionals currently in the industry as well as celebrating their accomplishments. NAAIA is also committed to attracting talented individuals to the insurance industry. Through our work and affiliation with other organizations we are dedicated to increasing the awareness of opportunities and the attractiveness of careers in the insurance industry.
NAAIA is engaged in the sharing of information for personal growth and professional development. The organization provides opportunities for networking, continuing education, and for building mutually beneficial connections and partnerships. Along with our partners, NAAIA sponsors and hosts talent competitions for college students as well as provides numerous scholarships annually to deserving students.
NAAIA's involvement is local, regional and national. The association has strong relationships with traditional insurance industry trade associations and other organizations focused on the interests of people of color and on diversity and inclusion in the insurance industry.
How does your organization currently interact with members of GIS? Do you offer benefits that are exclusive to GIS members? Locally, chapters may work with GIS via Professional Development, Mentoring, and Scholarship opportunities.
Does your organization offer a student membership category? If yes, is there a cost for student membership? There is a student membership. Dues vary by chapter.
What are the best ways for students to engage with your organization? Attend workshops, apply for scholarships, get involved with programming where appropriate.
Does your organization target a specific major or field of study? We do not although we always encourage students to pursue a major in Risk Management and Insurance.
Does your organization have chapters around the country? If yes, please provide any applicable links. See link - https://www.naaia.org/chapters
- Scholarships offered through National African American Insurance Association: Yes, nationally we have the NAAIA JL Tillman Endowed Scholarship Fund. Some local chapters offer scholarships. ll chapters offer professional development workshop year round. There is also access to scholarship opportunities locally and nationally.
- Conferences offered through National African American Insurance Association: Our National Conference is every September. We also host a career fair and talent development competition with college students at the conference.
Professional Liability Underwriting Society
Professional Liability Underwriting Society,
5353 Wayzata Blvd.
Minneapolis, MN 55416
Marissa Glaser, firstname.lastname@example.org
Erin Stephens, email@example.com
What is the overall mission of PLUS?
PLUS is recognized as the primary source of professional liability educational programs and seminars, networking events, educational products, and information regarding professional liability.
Our mission is to be the global community for the professional liability insurance industry by providing essential knowledge, thought leadership and career development opportunities.
How does your organization currently interact with members of GIS? Do you offer benefits that are exclusive to GIS members? We currently offer the GIS membership, which is free to GIS students for 1 year.
This gives members access to discounts on all of our events (local Chapter, national conferences/symposia, educational, networking, webinars), educational products, past event materials including PowerPoint slides and recordings (where available), a daily industry news feed email, access to our online member directory, etc.
GIS members are included on all PLUS email communications, however, we currently do not have any other specific outreach process in place.
Does your organization offer a student membership category? If yes, is there a cost for student membership? Yes, in addition to the GIS membership, we offer a free Academic membership. Those interested must be currently enrolled in school and not working in the professional liability industry.
What are the best ways for students to engage with your organization? Attend a local event in person; register for a webinar; connect with our Future PLUS committee, a special group consisting of industry professionals 35 years old or younger (link provided below).
Does your organization target a specific major or field of study? No
Does your organization have chapters around the country? If yes, please provide any applicable links Yes, we have 13 regional Chapters, including 1 for Canada (link provided below). Members are automatically assigned to the Chapter serving their geographic area.
- Scholarships offered through PLUS: Yes, our PLUS Foundation offers several academic scholarships each year:
Leo Gilmartin Scholarship
Mary Dortenzio Memorial Scholarship
Constantine "Dinos" Iordanou Scholarship
H. Seymour Weinstein Scholarship
Elizabeth Everson Seyler and Mary Quayle Bradley Scholarship
James E. Price, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
For more information: https://plusfoundation.org/portfolio-items/scholarships/
- Conferences offered through PLUS: Yes, all of our events are accessible to anyone - whether they are a member of PLUS or not. For those interested in entering the professional liability industry after graduating, we offer a special introductory program called PLUS University every year (link provided below). http://plusweb.org/Education/PLUS-University
Risk and Insurance Management Society
Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS)
New York, NY 10018
Joshua Lamangan, Jlamangan@rims.org
What is the overall mission of Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS)? As the preeminent organization dedicated to educating, engaging and advocating for the global risk community, RIMS, the risk management society™, is a not-for-profit organization representing more than 3,500 corporate, industrial, service, nonprofit, charitable and government entities throughout the world. RIMS has a membership of approximately 11,000 risk practitioners who are located in more than 60 countries. For more information about the Society's world-leading risk management content, networking, professional development and certification opportunities, visit www.RIMS.org.
How does your organization currently interact with members of GIS? Do you offer benefits that are exclusive to GIS members? RIMS interacts with students through offering RIMS student membership, as well as scholarship and competition opportunities. RIMS partners with GIS through several ways. A GIS Board member serves as a liaison to the RIMS Student Advisory Council. In addition, GIS attends the RIMS Annual Conference each year, and helps plan student events, including the Student Speed Networking event. On the monthly SAC calls, GIS updates members of SAC on the activities of GIS.
What are the best ways for students to engage with your organization? After graduation, we encourage graduates to learn more about RIMS through www.rims.org. On the RIMS site, they can create a profile, and have access to valuable content and resources. As a member of RIMS, graduates obtain access to our online social network, Opis, to engage in risk management topical conversations, and receive discounts on events and webinars. Graduates can also attend RIMS chapter events all year, where they can meet local risk management industry professionals.
Society of Actuaries
Society of Actuaries
475 N. Martingale Road
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Beth Gall, firstname.lastname@example.org
Chere LaRose, email@example.com
What is the overall mission of Society of Actuaries? The Society of Actuaries (SOA) offers a wealth of continuing education, volunteer and professional development resources and opportunities- giving students the tools they need to grow, advance and give back to their chosen field.
Through education and research, the SOA advances actuaries as leaders in measuring and managing risk to improve financial outcomes for individuals, organizations, and the public.
How does your organization currently interact with members of GIS? Do you offer benefits that are exclusive to GIS members? As a sustaining member, the SOA offers pre-ASA candidate events with all major meetings, and stand-along events, for a reduced fee.
These events allow students the opportunity to experience an insider's view of the major industries they soon will be working in. Students also have the opportunity to network with SOA members- both in person at the candidate events, and also through virtual networking events hosted with GIS.
We also host webcasts in partnership with GIS and looks to support its efforts further by promoting GIS events and news.
What are the best ways for students to engage with your organization? As the actuarial profession gains importance and prominence in the world, we're eager to prepare and welcome the next generation of actuaries. We want to continue to engage post-graduate students to deliver ongoing learning opportunities and a global community of support.
If a student decides to become a member of the SOA, we're a committed partner for their full career progression- from pre-ASA to senior actuary.
The Actuarial Foundation
The Actuarial Foundation
475 N. Martingale Road
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Holly Monahan, firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the overall mission of The Actuarial Foundation? Our mission is to enhance math education and financial literacy through the talents and resources of actuaries. We fulfill this mission by providing free math and financial literacy resources to teachers, students and the general public. We also fund scholarships to college students and career changers interested in studying actuarial science. Actuaries are involved in everything we do from developing programs to reviewing products, to serving on committees, to supporting our mission by volunteering or donating.
How does your organization currently interact with members of GIS? Do you offer benefits that are exclusive to GIS members? Two of the Foundation's newest programs offer exciting volunteer opportunities for GIS students:
• The Math Motivators tutoring program pairs low-income high school students with professional actuaries and college students majoring in actuarial science, mathematics or math education. The students served do not have access to tutoring or cannot afford it, so Math Motivators provides free math tutoring in the high schools. The program's tutors are all volunteers.
• The Modeling the Future Challenge is a real-world, mathematical analysis competition for high school students culminating in a national symposium and up to $60,000 in college scholarships, prizes and awards. There are multiple ways to get involved with the MTF Challenge.
What are the best ways for students to engage with your organization? We would love to have students volunteering and engaging with the Foundation through our social media channels and at the various actuarial meetings we attend throughout the year.
The International Foundation of Employee Benefits
The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP), A Sustaining Partner of Gamma Iota Sigma
18700 W. Bluemound Road
Brookfield, WI 53045
Sandy Tellefson, email@example.com
What is the overall mission of The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP)?
The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP) is the premier educational organization dedicated to providing the diverse employee benefits community with objective, solution-oriented education, research and information to ensure the health and financial security of plan beneficiaries worldwide.
The International Foundation partners with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in the U.S. and Dalhousie University in Canada to offer the Certified Employee Benefits Specialist® credential (CEBS) - the gold standard for employee benefits education.
How does your organization currently interact with members of GIS? Do you offer benefits that are exclusive to GIS members? The IFEBP is a Sustaining Partner with Gamma Iota Sigma. Through our partnership, we hope to help students become more aware of the career opportunities available in the employee benefits industry. We also want to increase awareness of the valuable resources of the Foundation, specifically the value of the CEBS credential, for those who are preparing for careers in insurance, risk management, employee benefits or human resources.
The Foundation's sister organization, the International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists (ISCEBS), is the professional association for CEBS graduates and participants. Members of the local chapters across North America continue to reach out to Gamma chapters at nearby universities to develop relationships and share information about the benefits industry.
Students from several universities with whom the Foundation already has a partnership will be attending the ISCEBS Symposium in September 2019 through scholarship funds. Many of these universities have GIS chapters.
Does your organization offer a student membership category? If yes, is there a cost for student membership? The International Foundation (IFEBP) does not offer a membership specifically for university students, but membership is open to anyone interested.
Membership for the International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists (ISCEBS) is open to anyone who is a CEBS graduate, has passed exams or is registered for a CEBS course. There are 43 local chapters across North America, and memberships are also available for just the chapters.
What are the best ways for students to engage with your organization? Students can request information about the services and educational programs provided by the International Foundation through the website, www.ifebp.org. They can sign up to receive emails for current information on employee benefits on the website.
Students can request a CEBS informational packet at www.cebs.org/university-student.
Students can contact Sandy Tellefson, CEBS, Manager, Education Services with specific questions, or to inquire about having someone speak about the employee benefits industry at a student organization meeting. Sandy's email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: 262-373-7677.
Does your organization target a specific major or field of study? The Foundation provides services to a wide variety of organizations, and professionals who are members and/or attend our educational programs come from many different educational backgrounds. Human Resources, Law, Management, Insurance, Accounting, Actuarial Science, Risk Management, Business, Labor and Employment, and Health Care are some examples.
Does your organization have chapters around the country? If yes, please provide any applicable links The ISCEBS has 43 local chapters across North America. Here is the link for locations and local chapter events:
- Scholarships offered through The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP): The Foundation does not offer any scholarships open to all university students. There are several available for young professionals, for conference attendance or enrollment in the Certified Employee Benefit Specialist professional designation program.
- Conferences offered through The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP): The International Foundation offers numerous conferences and educational programs across North America every year. Most attendees are working in the employee benefits or a related industry. Students as well as university faculty and advisors are welcome to attend the annual ISCEBS Employee Benefits Symposium. Date, locations, and more details are available at www.iscebs.org/symposium.The local ISCEBS chapters hold events throughout the year, and students can attend as guests.
- Internships offered through The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP): The Foundation is not currently offering any internships.
Additional Information: CEBS Program: more information about the Certified Employee Benefit Specialist professional designation program can be found at www.cebs.org.
The National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research
The National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research, A Sustaining Partner of Gamma Iota Sigma
3630 North Hills Drive
Austin, TX 78731
Jamie Morgan, email@example.com
William Hold, firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the overall mission of The National Alliance? The National Alliance is a non-profit educational organization that provides indispensable, transformative learning resources to risk and insurance professionals. Through adaptive technology and practical instruction, we provide technical training on a wide range of industry topics that can be put to use immediately. Our courses can be taken individually or as a series in order to earn a designation.
Learn more about The National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research here: https://www.scic.com/
How does your organization currently interact with members of GIS? Do you offer benefits that are exclusive to GIS members? The National Alliance interacts with GIS members in several ways. First, we offer college students the opportunity to use approved university insurance and risk management coursework to achieve credit toward the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) or Certified Risk Manager (CRM) designations. These two designations were created to recognize new professionals for their diligent study while giving them a distinct advantage when entering the insurance and risk management workforce.
Depending on the course, students who successfully complete approved university coursework will receive credit for one part of either the CIC or CRM designations. Participating students are given the opportunity to earn an additional part of the CIC or CRM designation by completing and passing a proctored exam. After accomplishing this, students will have successfully completed two parts of the corresponding designation.
According to the coursework completed, participants will then receive either the University Associate Certified Insurance Counselor (UACIC) or the University Associate Certified Risk Manager (UACRM) designation.
Learn more about our University Associates Program here: https://www.scic.com/university-program/
We also host the Gamma Iota Sigma Learning Portal, which provides students with access to our Professional Development Series. This was designed to support students in their preparation for internships and full-time jobs. The portal offers a wealth of information about personal branding, navigating the job marketplace, and best practices for business professionalism.
Finally, all GIS members can opt-in to receive the same benefits as our dues-paying designees. Some, but not all benefits include:
- Best-selling insurance industry e-books
-Access to award-winning Resources Magazine archive
-Advanced industry topics and webinars
Learn more about our benefits here: https://www.scic.com/about-dues/
What are the best ways for students to engage with your organization? The National Alliance has many opportunities to keep students on the cutting edge of the insurance industry and prepare them for continued career advancement. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Email us at email@example.com.
Wholesale & Specialty Insurance Association
WSIA and the WSIA Education Foundation, A Sustaining Partner of Gamma Iota Sigma
4131 N. Mulberry Dr.
Kansas City, MO 64116
Christine Timmerman, firstname.lastname@example.org
Julie Fritz, email@example.com
What is the overall mission of WSIA and the WSIA Education Foundation?
The Wholesale & Specialty Insurance Association (WSIA) is a world-class member service organization representing the entirety of the wholesale, specialty and surplus lines industry with unparalleled networking, education, talent development, regulatory and legislative advocacy and promotion of wholesale value. WSIA offers risk management and insurance students education and networking opportunities including:
• Insurance Scholarships
• Symposiums and Career Fairs
• White Paper Contests
• Online Surplus Lines Fundamentals Course
How does your organization currently interact with members of GIS? Do you offer benefits that are exclusive to GIS members? WSIA and the WSIA Education Foundation participates in the GIS Leadership Symposium, GIS International Conference, and GIS Regional Conferences. We promote our programs through the GIS website and newsletters.
What are the best ways for students to engage with your organization? Students should come by the WSIA booth at the Career Fairs at each GIS event. They are encouraged to come to our student Extreme Risk Takers Symposiums:
February 28 – Los Angeles, CA
March 27-28 – Chicago, IL
April 3 – Santa Barbara, CA
October 16-17 – Tempe, AZ
November 12-13 – Atlanta, GA
The contact for all student events is Chris Timmerman, WSIA Career Development Programs Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Does your organization target a specific major or field of study? We primarily interact with students majoring in risk management and insurance, finance, actuarial science and general business.
Scholarships offered through WSIA and the WSIA Education Foundation: Yes, through the WSIA Education Foundation we award $100,000 annually - 21 scholarships at $5,000 each. The application deadline is March 1, 2020 for the 2020-21 academic year.
Conferences offered through WSIA and the WSIA Education Foundation: Yes, we offer five college student symposiums in Los Angeles, Chicago, Santa Barbara, Tempe and Atlanta.
Additional Information: WSIA also sponsors a White Paper Contest in the fall and spring semester focused on emerging issues. Three winners are announced in January and April with first place receiving $1,500, second place $1,000 and third place $500. Current topics and requirements can be found on the "Students" section of the WSIA website.
Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America
Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America (IIABA)
127 S. Peyton Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Whitnee Dillard, email@example.com
Madelyn Flannagan, firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the overall mission of IIABA?
The Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers (Big "I") represents more than 25,000 agency locations across the nation. The association's broad network on the ground helps us understand what's important to independent agents in their hometown. For more than a century, the Big "I" has been the leader in providing members the tools, knowledge and brand identity needed to effectively serve clients and build a successful agency. Our mission is to provide members with a sustainable competitive advantage.
How does your organization currently interact with members of GIS?
Our Big "I" Diversity Council comprised of independent agents, carriers and other insurance companies look for opportunities to include students at national Big "I" events. These events provide students with great opportunities to network with executive leaders from both insurance companies and agencies.
Here is a link to the Big "I" Diversity Council's website: https://www.independentagent.com/diversity
Our organization's members are agencies so we don't really have a student membership at this time however we could offer GIS students access to our Big "I" Virtual University and webinars. Here is a link to our virtual university: https://www.independentagent.com/vu
What are the best ways for students to engage with your organization?
Our organization doesn't target a specific major however you are required to have property and casualty insurance licensing for most agency positions. Many agencies are willing to assist potential hires in obtaining property and casualty licensing.
Does your organization have chapters around the country? If yes, please provide any applicable links to lists of your chapters.
The Big "I" is a federation of states and there is a state association in every state. Click here to visit any of our state association websites: https://www.independentagent.com/belong/Pages/Your%20State%20Association/home.aspx
Conferences offered through IIABA: The Big "I" offers conferences and events throughout the year. Nationally, we have a Young Agents Leadership Conference in September that rotates cites. We also have our Big "I" Legislative Conference which always takes place in the spring in Washington D.C. Our Legislative Conference provides students with opportunities to connect with agency and carrier executives along with meeting with congressional leaders about insurance legislation. Our states also host various conferences so we encourage you to contact any of our state associations to find out about local events you may participate in. Go to this link to access each of our state association websites: https://www.independentagent.com/belong/Pages/Your%20State%20Association/home.aspx
Scholarships offered through IIABA: Our Invest Program provides scholarships to college students who have been involved with the program. Click here to find more information: https://www.investprogram.org/students/scholarships/second-round-scholarship-program
Internships offered through IIABA: We do not directly provide ongoing internships however some of our agency members and insurance company partners do provide opportunities. Stay connected with the Big "I" state association in your area to be in the know about any opportunities.
Organization of Latino Actuaries
Organization of Latino Actuaries
What is the overall mission of Organization of Latino Actuaries?
To Increase the number of Latino Actuaries by promoting the profession and providing guidance, mentorship and networking opportunities to our members.
How does your organization currently interact with members of GIS? Do you offer benefits that are exclusive to GIS members? Our primary affiliation with GIS is through its annual conference. We offer an opportunity for our student members to enroll as GIS members to attend all the valuable sessions and career fair as they enter the workforce and kickoff their career.
Does your organization offer a student membership category? If yes, is there a cost for student membership? Yes, all student benefits are at no cost.
What are the best ways for students to engage with your organization? Students can find our programs and opportunities through our website: latinoactuaries.org, connect with us by emailing us at email@example.com and by following us on our LinkedIn page @LatinoActuaries.
Does your organization have chapters? No. We are one big happy family! We have one network where students all over the country are connected.
Does your organization target a specific major or field of study? Mathematics, Statistics, Actuarial Science, and other STEM degrees
Scholarships offered through OLA: Yes. We offer academic scholarships. Applications are open from January through April. For more info, please visit https://actfnd.academicworks.com/opportunities
Conferences offered through OLA: We offer sponsorships to attend industry conferences, career fairs and corporate events (opportunities to interact with companies that hire actuaries). We offer financial exam support as well as many soft skill training resources
Internships offered through OLA: Yes. We partner with companies who have actuarial internships dedicated to OLA students
Sexuality and Gender Alliance of Actuaries
Matt Gentile, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jake Akstins, email@example.com
What is the overall mission of Sexuality and Gender Alliance of Actuaries ? Our mission is to facilitate connections between LGBTQIA+ actuaries and allies to engage in community-wide dialogue about LGBTQIA+ issues. The group aims to create a safe space for dialogue, community, and career encouragement, while also educating the broader actuarial profession. Our initiatives are centered around 3 main pillars: Networking, Professional Development, and Company Education.
How does your organization currently interact with members of GIS? Do you offer benefits that are exclusive to GIS members? We have not yet interacted with GIS members but would love to in the future.
What are the best ways for students to engage with your organization? Follow our instagram or LinkedIn pages and engaging with our website.
LinkedIn page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/sagaa-actuaries/
Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/sagaactuaries/
Does your organization target a specific major or field of study? Math, Business, Finance, Actuarial Science majors. Those that are going into the Actuarial Profession
Do you offer any conferences or events througout the year that would be accessible to students? SAGAA has all member meetings throughout the year that students are welcome to attend.
The Insurance Library
The Insurance Library
156 State Street
Boston, MA 02109
Paul Tetrault, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Hart. email@example.com
What is the overall mission of The Insurance Library? Founded in 1887, The Insurance Library enriches the insurance and risk management community, including students and scholars, by offering services and programming in the areas of research, education and engagement.
How does your organization currently interact with members of GIS? Do you offer benefits that are exclusive to GIS members? We offer free membership to The Insurance Library to GIS members while they are in school. For a complete list of member benefits, see our website.
Does your organization offer a student membership category? We do not have a student membership category currently but it is under consideration.
What are the best ways for students to engage with your organization? By contacting us for research inquiries, by using our online resources for research, by attending our educational offerings, and by attending our (many virtual) events featuring speakers and panel discussion on current insurance and risk management topics.
Does your organization target a specific major or field of study? We are general for insurance and risk management but we are stronger and have more of a tradition on the PC side.
Do you offer any conferences or events throughout the year that would be accessible to students? Yes, please check out our website for events we are hosting.
Does your organization have chapters around the country? No. We were one of the organizations that promoted the founding of the Institutes in 1909.
Does your organization offer scholarships? Yes, please visit our website for a list of them.
Does your organization offer internships? We are interested in developing an internship program that would match interns with our members including companies, agencies, brokers, law firms, consultants, etc.
International Society of Catastrophe Managers
International Society of Catastrophe Managers
c/o Reinsurance Association of America
1445 New York Avenue 7th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
Kelly Hereid, firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the overall mission of the International Society of Catastrophe Managers? The ISCM is an industry organization promoting catastrophe management professionalism within the insurance industry through education and networking events.
How does your organization currently interact with members of GIS? Do you offer benefits that are exclusive to GIS members? To date there has been no interaction. We have recently started a university reach out, and this has led to connections to local chapters with the same information that was provided to the national organization.
Does your organization offer a student membership category? Yes, and there is no cost. It is a free annual membership until they are employed.
What are the best ways for students to engage with your organization? Participate in online educational webinars and coffee talks. Attend in-person education and networking events (once we are able to again).
Does your organization target a specific major or field of study? Anyone interested in catastrophe risk management from a broad range of educational backgrounds. Students with analytical thinking skills, attention to detail, and desire to continue learning often find great success in the various roles within this specialty. Backgrounds such as actuarial, geoscience, weather risk management, and quantitative risk management to name a few.
Do you offer any conferences or events throughout the year that would be accessible to students? Yes, we host a number of educational events throughout the year.
Does your organization have chapters around the country? No, we manage as a single global organization, with hubs of activity in the US (Midwest & Northeast), London, Zurich and Asia.
Does your organization offer internships? No, we are a volunteer organization. However, we would be thrilled to have students show interest by volunteering in some capacity (i.e. organizing an education event, membership outreach, technology support).
Additional Information? The ISCM has partnered with The CAS Institute to offer two levels of professional credentials in the cat risk management field. The exam series for the Certified Specialist in Catastrophe Risk (CSCR) would be of great interest to those newly entering this field. Please see www.catriskcredentials.org.