The CAS will hold its 90th Annual Meeting at the New Orleans Marriott, November 9 through 12. We have designed an educational program to give casualty actuaries an opportunity to stay abreast of emerging issues in the insurance industry and within the actuarial profession. This southern port city will offer attendees many diverse opportunities to explore during their visit-from the grand old architecture along Canal Street, to watching the boats on the Mississippi while tasting beignets and coffee at the Cafe Du Monde in the French Market, the New Orleans Aquarium, and perhaps a interesting evening along the famed Bourbon Street. All of these attractions are a short distance from the hotel. My wife still remembers fondly the Marshes and Mansions tour from our last CAS Meeting in the Big Easy. This tour will again be offered on Monday for accompanying guests.
Our featured speaker will be Dr. Rushworth M. Kidder whose expertise is particularly timely given the recent string of public corporate scandals. Through his Institute for Global Ethics, ethics training programs for international corporations, nonprofits, and governmental entities have been developed and presented. Dr. Kidder's programs show how ethics have increasingly become a matter of survival.
Four general sessions will provide attendees with an insight on some of the current insurance business issues.
- Underwriting Cycles-Are They Inevitable?
- Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the Actuary
- Communicating With Wall Street
- Insurer Failures-Does the Past Teach Anything?
Concurrent sessions will cover an array of technical and insurance business topics. The CAS Program Planning Committee has organized a variety of sessions that will provide insight and educational opportunities within a number of the varied practice areas. Two recent prize-winning papers along with new Proceedings papers will be presented during the meeting. With an increased number of sessions offered on Tuesday afternoon, there will be plenty of opportunity for members to fulfill continuing education requirements. Two optional general business skills training sessions will be offered Tuesday afternoon for those looking to work on communication and behaviors, or leaderships roles within the team concept.
Our Tuesday evening event will be a Mardi Gras Celebration with lots of local favorite foods to feast on while listening to some Dixieland music.
Printable and online registration forms for the meeting as well as details on the planned sessions are part of this online preliminary program. Please note that the CAS registration fee can be refunded only for those cancellations received in writing on or before October 31, less a $50 processing fee. The registration fee will increase if not received by October 24, 2003. Since the hotel cut-off date is October 16, we recommend you contact the hotel reservation desk at (800) 228-9290 as soon as you decide to attend.
Hope you'll join us for some education and fun in the Big Easy.
Christopher S. Carlson
CAS Vice President-Professional Education