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October 25, 1992: Sixty-five men and women from the United States, the Caribbean and Canada attend the inaugural meeting of the National Association of Black Actuaries (NABA) in Washington, DC. An Organizing Committee, under the leadership of Garth Bernard FSA, continues to build a framework. 

October 16, 1994: The second Annual Meeting of NABA takes place in Chicago, IL. The name is changed to the International Association of Black Actuaries (IABA). By-laws and committees are proposed. Garth Bernard FSA becomes its first elected president.

October 14, 1995: Boston, MA hosts the Annual Meeting for the first time.  

September 22, 1996: The Annual Meeting ismoved to the campus of Howard University in Washington, DC, which becomes IABA's "home" for four years. Christopher Allen of Morehouse College receives the first IABA scholarship. Four committees (Communications, Membership, Mentoring, and Finance) are approved and chairs named.

September 9-10, 2000: Atlanta, GA becomes the first host city in the current 6-city rotation for the Annual Meeting. At this meeting, professional development is added in the form of three workshops and a rap session.

April 4, 2001: IABA is granted 501(c)(6) status.

August, 2003: The first seven City Affiliates (Atlanta, Chicago, New York / New Jersey, Boston, Delaware Valley, Washington DC and Hartford) are formed.

August 18, 2004: The IABA Foundation is formed and is granted 501(c)(3) status.

December 3, 2004: The Corporate Advisory Council is formed with twelve organizations (Hewitt, Hartford, Aetna, Howard University, Towers Perrin, National African American Insurance Association (NAAIA), Mercer, DW Simpson, North Carolina Mutual Life Ins. Co., Aon, CNA and Allstate) at the offices of CNA Insurance in Chicago. It meets four times per year, with one meeting immediately preceding the Annual Meeting.

August 5, 2005: The Annual Meeting introduces an agenda with 12 professional development sessions. The two-day meeting starts on a Friday just after lunch.

February 23, 2007: IABA holds its first Legends Reception, to honor black actuaries who have been trailblazers. The first honoree is Robert J. Randall, FSA 1952.

June, 2007: IABA hires its first Executive Director.

August, 2012: IABA hosts the first IABA Actuarial Boot Camp.

April, 2013: IABA launches a state-of-the-art job board and career portal.

August 1 - 2, 2014: The Annual Meeting adds Thursday-afternoon to the agenda, making the IABA Annual Meeting a full two and a half day conference.

March 17, 2015: IABA is granted 501(c)3 status.  The IABA Foundation is then merged into IABA, allowing the organization to operate as one charitable entity.  

August, 2015: Total scholarship funds awarded since 1996 exceeds $500,000.

August 7 - 8, 2015: IABA Annual Meeting attendance reaches 300 for the first time.

 

IABA Presidents

Garth Bernard FSA October, 1994 - September, 1996
Linda Shepherd FCAS October 1996 - August, 1998
Jeffrey Johnson FSA September, 1998 - August 2000
Sharon Robinson FCAS September, 2000 - August, 2002
Stafford L. Thompson, Jr. FSA September, 2002 - August, 2006
Jeffrey Johnson FSA September 2006 - December, 2009
John Robinson FSA January, 2010 - December, 2013
Monique Hacker-Patterson FSA January, 2013 - present
Tenesia McGruder FSA - President Elect

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