The Atlanta Association of Insurance Professionals (AAIP) and GSU Risk Management Foundation at the Robinson College of Business co-hosted “Career Secrets Revealed,” a panel discussion held in conjunction with Black History Month on February 22. Risk management and actuarial science industry leaders spoke on an array of topics, including their personal pathways into the profession, an average day in the field, the importance of workplace diversity, and leveraging effective business relationships. Panelists included Renee Collins, regional director, Travelers Companies; Tamara Gatson Brown, founder, Gatson Training Associates; Adam Lewis, principal, Oliver Wyman Actuarial; and Rachel Perry, resident managing director, Aon. Rebekah Ratliff, President of Capital City Mediations, LLC., as well as AAIP, moderated the panel.
Both David Buechner, director of GSU Risk Management Foundation, and Laura Green, director of External Relations, shared the value of networking and gaining industry experience. Erica Miller, project coordinator, offered her perspective on obtaining internships and pointed out that most students immediately receive job offers after graduating. Jules Ebwele Mpako, one of the department’s student standouts – provided an engaging overview of prominent African Americans in the insurance industry. While the event was held in in conjunction with Black History Month, Undergraduate and graduate students from all demographic backgrounds were encouraged to attend, both because of the value of the subject matter and, because panelists were eager to recruit new talent from a variety of backgrounds.
Career Secrets Revealed illustrates the department’s commitment to increasing the diversity of its student population. “We had a huge turnout with minority students. We hope to build upon this momentum and increase engagement amongst students and industry leaders alike,” says Miller.
This year’s panel discussion brought in over sixty students, including representatives from Risk Management & Insurance student groups – Gamma Iota Sigma and the Actuarial Student Association. The discussion also brought in representatives from Robinson College of Business Career Advancement Center and Graduate Recruitment, and Georgia State University Career Services.
Due to its overwhelming success, GSU’s Risk Management Foundation and AAIP hope to offer this event on a larger scale, as it continues to grow bigger and better with each year.