Meet the Candidates: Kathleen Ores Walsh

Meet the Candidates

  • ACAS: Sep 2008
    FCAS: Mar 2010


    BA Biology – University of Montana, Missoula
    MA Mathematics – University of Wisconsin, Madison

    Current Employment:

    Vice President, Pricing & Product Analytics at USAA

    CAS Activities and Publications:

    Syllabus & Exam Committee 2011- 2012

    Other Actuarial Organizations:

    IIHS/HLDI Board Rep 2018 - 2021
    HLDI Executive Board 2020 - 2021

  • Employment History - Prior Employers:

    COUNTRY Financial 2016-2018

    • Vice President, Personal Lines
    • Director, Auto Product Management

    American Family Insurance – 2005-2016

    • Manager, Auto Product Management
    • Manager, Auto Predictive Analytics
    • Personal Lines Staff Actuary
    • Property Actuarial Student

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    Membership and Activities in Other Organizations:

    Member of the American Academy of Actuaries

  • I have been working in the insurance industry as a leader and as an Actuary in various roles for over 17 years and I am so proud to be a Fellow. This profession has given me more than I could have ever imagined, and I want others to find the same fulfillment and reward that I have, especially after the hard work we put into becoming an Actuary.

    When I began taking exams, I was unaware of what an Actuary was. While there has been growth and increased visibility of our profession over the years, we continue to only scratch the surface of the potential that Actuaries can deliver to our industry.

    In addition, if the pandemic has shown us anything it’s that the need for qualified, well trained insurance professionals, who understand the trends and forces that drive our industry is more important than ever before. Given our analytical acumen, strategic thinking, and domain knowledge, actuaries should be seen as THE insurance professionals chosen to navigate us through these changing times.

    Because of this, I want to serve the Actuarial community by being elected to the CAS Board of Directors to help shape our growth as a profession. I want to see the CAS help us ensure that this growth is valuable and inspiring to our members and industry in which we serve.

  • Diversity & Inclusion
    It’s critical to a healthy and growing profession, to ensure that we do our part to not only promote but actively influence diversity and inclusion in the actuarial profession. The CAS should continue to broaden and measure it’s ability to attract and develop diverse candidates into the profession, along with giving their voice to helping with underling root causes of lack of D&I.

    Risk Based Pricing & Social Justice
    Broad usage of data and advanced models to assess risk for pricing and underwriting are critical to the availability and affordability of the insurance industry. Social justice conversations have put a spotlight on the models and methods used in the industry. The CAS can and should continue to be a voice in this conversation, educating, influencing, and promoting collaboration to bring more transparency in the issues of race and bias in models, with the goal of establishing the best path forward that continues to allow for risk based pricing and advanced analytical models in an unbiased manner.

  • Candidates Respond to Member submitted questions