CAS Participates in 50th Annual International Gamma Iota Sigma Conference

The CAS recently joined around 400 students and advisors representing 45 colleges and universities and more than 200 industry representatives in Columbus, Ohio for the Gamma Iota Sigma (GIS) Annual International Conference. As a Sustaining Partner of GIS and Platinum Conference Sponsor, the CAS had a major presence, presenting three educational sessions and interacting with students and university faculty at the career fair and throughout the conference.

“It was great to be back together in-person after last year’s event was held virtually,” said Mike Boa, CAE, CAS Chief Communications Officer, who serves on the GIS Advisory Council. “GIS students are top-notch and represent the future of our industry, and their enthusiasm for working in insurance is energizing.”

The CAS booth in the exhibit hall was a popular draw, enabling students to speak to practicing actuaries about the P&C actuarial career path. We sincerely thank our volunteers Chuck Bryan, FCAS, Ryne Dolney, ACAS, Tony Hovest, FCAS, Rong Hu, ACAS, Brent Rossman, ACC, ACAS and Cam Studer, ACAS for participating and sharing information with students about their experience in the P&C field.

The CAS also hosted several educational sessions throughout the conference. The first session, Bias and Fairness: A Spotlight on Race and Insurance, featured CAS Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Staff Actuary Mallika Bender, FCAS, MAAA and Senior Manager, Pricing and Actuary Chelsea Adler, FCAS, MAAA. The session provided historical context for the current insurance industry debate around racial bias, compared potential solutions, and discussed how professionalism and duty to the public can be applied to this issue.

DEI session at GIS conference

On the second day of the conference, the CAS hosted two other sessions, Introduction to Property/Casualty Pricing and EI in the Age of AI. CAS staff actuaries Ken Williams, FCAS, MAAA and Bender presented the introductory presentation and introduced the fundamental concepts of property and casualty pricing. Additionally, Brent Rossman, ACC, ACAS and Annie Yang’s session shed light on the importance of Emotional Intelligence as Artificial Intelligence becomes more prevalent in the day-to-day work in the insurance industry.

intro to pricing session at GIS conference AI session at GIS conference

CAS staff members Margaret Kerr, University Engagement Manager, and Boa also represented the CAS at the conference. They participated in a roundtable discussion with other industry association staff, and Boa attended the meeting of the GIS Advisory Council.

Lastly, the CAS thanks Gamma Iota Sigma for all of the hard work put into this year’s conference! As a Sustaining Partner of GIS, we are proud to support this annual event. We look forward to attending next year’s conference!

About Gamma Iota Sigma
Incorporated in 1965 and boasting an annual membership of over 5,000 students and 25,000 alumni from a growing network of over 85 colleges and universities throughout North America, Gamma Iota Sigma (GIS) is the industry’s premier collegiate talent pipeline with over 50 years of experience engaging students and preparing them for careers in insurance. To learn more about Gamma Iota Sigma and future events, visit