SOA Annual Meeting & Exhibit: Influence. Inspire. Impact.

By Jennie McGinnis, FSA, CERA, MAAA

Jennie McGinnis

Once a year you get the opportunity to join approximately 2,000 actuarial professionals at the SOA Annual Meeting & Exhibit—an event created with input, insight and guidance by actuaries, for actuaries.

You are one of the more than 23,000 SOA members who breathe life into our organization, the profession, this meeting. You are the professional interest section members, the volunteers, the actuarial leaders who make the SOA and the SOA Annual Meeting & Exhibit interesting and inspirational. You provide session ideas. You coordinate. You present. You participate. This is your meeting. Take part in more than 100 sessions, on numerous topics. Sessions presented by nearly 300 experts—on hot issues you told us are important to you and your career. More than 25 networking opportunities to connect with your peers and discuss latest solutions to new challenges happening in your interest area and your profession.

This year we’re heading to San Diego—beautiful weather and beaches, the historic Gaslamp Quarter, the USS Midway Museum, the San Diego Zoo, tours and cruises. So much to see and do!

Keynote Speakers
We’ve lined up two insightful keynote speakers: Dan Roam is the author of the international bestseller The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures, Business Week and Fast Company’s best innovation book of the year, and Amazon’s #5 selling business book. Zanny Minton-Beddoes is The Economist’s economic editor, overseeing all of the prestigious publication’s American and global economics coverage and managing a team of writers from around the world. As one of the world’s most renowned, brilliant and engaging speakers on economic and financial matters, Minton-Beddoes is highly decorated. She is the winner of two of the highest honors a journalist can receive — a 2012 Gerald Loeb Award for economic journalism and “Journalist of the Year” awarded by the Wincott Foundation for financial journalism.

Check Out These Two New Session Series:
Swiss Re Protection Gap Series:

  • Session 99 L – Is the Protection Gap Insurmountable? Solving The Puzzle in Other Industries
  • Session 116 PD – The Consumer Puzzle—How to Attract the Modern Consumer
  • ession 130 PD – The Missing Pieces—Thinking That Takes the Protection Gap Beyond the Obvious

RGA Innovation in Action Series

  • Session 155 IF – Setting the Table
  • Session 169 PD – Current Industry Approaches
  • Session 180 OF – Looking Toward the Future

Investment Boot Camp for Pension Actuaries
If you are a pension actuary looking to increase you knowledge in the investment area, we’re offering an opportunity to jump-start your knowledge while earning up to 6.0 EA credits: Take part in this boot camp, as part of the SOA Annual Meeting or as a stand-alone event (register for Tuesday only and it will cover both days of the boot camp). The boot camp is comprised of four sessions—two on Tuesday, Oct. 22, and two on Wednesday, Oct. 23. Sponsored by the SOA Investment Section and Pension Section, these interactive forums cover a range of topics starting with fixed income and derivative markets and their application to pension liabilities, moving to discussions of other asset classes and finishing with instruction about current pension investment strategies.

  • Session 112IF: Part 1 – The Fixed Income and Derivatives Market (Oct. 22 at 2:00 p.m.)
  • Session 127IF: Part 2 – Fixed Income Securities and Derivatives Applied to a Pension Plan Liability (Oct. 22 at 3:45 p.m.)
  • Session 151IF: Part 3 – Beyond Fixed Income: Other Important Asset Classes for Pensions (Oct. 23 at 8:30 a.m.)
  • Session 165IF: Part 4 – Pension Investing Strategies Today (Oct. 23 at 10:15 a.m.)

Genetically Informed Risk Assessment Seminar—Oct. 23 & 24
Care to squeeze in a little more learning in San Diego? After the Annual Meeting, join world class geneticists, scientists and biostatisticians to learn how genetic information and the coming revolution in personalized medicine can be applied to risk assessment and life underwriting. And–you’ll have an opportunity to see your own genetic code! Sign up now.

And much more! Ready to get inspired?

Head to for full details and to register.

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