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2014 Annual Meeting Presentations
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21st Annual Meeting Presentations

College & High School Outreach

This session will outline your Mission and spotlight how IABA can help you complete it.


Building Mentoring Relationships Yourself: Lessons in selecting and keeping mentors
A panel discussion covering themes including, but not limited to, developing real and earned connections. The panelists will share their experiences as both mentors and mentees, which will make this session extremely valuable to all audiences.


The Future LTC Insurance Industry (All tiers)
Scott McKay
A discussion on the future of the LTC insurance industry. First, a synopsis of the first 40 years including the maturing “spectrum” of LTC insurance solutions, the various approaches that carriers have chosen, and the impact the product has had on consumers both positive and negative. Then, a description of the future LTC insurance industry ideas various organizations, including the Society of Actuaries (SOA), have published. Finally, a discussion that will put the various disparate ideas into practical themes that begin to shift the conversation from describing the “LTC Issue” to debating the practical path to the “LTC Solution”.

Global Study of Employee Attitudes about Benefits and Retirements (All tiers)
Alan Glickstein
During this session, the results of the Global Study of Employee Attitudes about Benefits and Retirements will be shared. The results of this survey have important implications for plan sponsors and actuaries with respect to retirement and healthcare program design.
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Principle Based Reserves for Life Products (Intermediate tier)
Grace Senat & James Collingwood
An update on Life PBR, with regards to the to status of the current regulation, industry adoption status, and company specific concerns.
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Disaster Risk Management with a Caribbean case study (Intermediate tier)
Keren Charles
Caribbean countries are exposed to a high level of risk to meteorological and geophysical hazards, which have significant negative impacts on communities, infrastructure and economic stability. In fact, in the last 20 years, damages from natural disasters have exceeded US$40 billion in the region. The World Bank is working with countries to enhance their resilience to natural disasters and the impacts of climate change. This presentation will discuss World Bank’s disaster risk management engagement and focus on the following case study: On December 24, 2013, a tropical weather trough passed over Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Saint Lucia producing extraordinarily intense rainfall that resulted in severe damages, 15 confirmed deaths and over 11 percent of the population directly impacted. This case study will present the rapid damage and loss assessments, produced by the Governments and the World Bank, that aims to inform the recovery and reconstruction efforts.


National Flood Insurance Program – Biggert/Waters Legislation (All tiers)
Matthew Duke
Congress recently passed legislation that delays the implementation of moving to actuarial rates for flood insurance. During this session, issues relating to flood insurance and the implications of recently passed legislation will be discussed.


Beyond Excel (All tiers)
Albert Moore & SOA Technology Section
Excel is often the tool of choice for most actuaries. Yet, how do we maximize its full potential? Some features are never used. Living without other features is unimaginable. This session will present helpful Excel tools which are either new or under-utilized. From the flexible data table to PowerPivot, PowerView, Slicer and graphical spark lines, all varieties of actuaries can enhance their core skill-set with this Excel session.


Actuarial Career Tracks (College-mandatory)
This session will detail your mission's objectives. You'll be exposed to the main differences between the Society of Actuaries (SOA) and the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS), the updated exam structures, and a broad overview of the actuarial areas of practice.


Managing Up (All tiers)
Kezia Charles & the IABA DC Affiliate
This session is about how to forge effective relationships with those above you. A the end of the session you will have tips on how to actively work on the relationships with those above you and actively participate in planning of your career.


State of the Insurance Industry in Louisiana (All tiers)
Commissioner James Donelon, Louisiana Department of Insurance
This presentation will cover a wide range of topics (spanning life, health and P&C insurance) as it relates to issues in Louisiana. The Commissioner will cover topics, such as post-Hurricane Katrina impacts on the insurance industry.

Louisiana Citizens Residual Market Mechanism (All tiers)
David Thomas
The property insurance market in Louisiana collapsed after Hurricane Katrina. The state created Louisiana Citizens as an insurer of last resort. This session will explore this dynamics of the market, the political pressures, the financial results of this entity, the rate make process.


Enterprise Risk Quantification (Intermediate tier)
David Wicklund & Abhinav Dendukuri
Insurance is a risk-taking business. Risk managers must ensure that the risks taken are intentional and understood, as well as aligned to the organization’s objectives. This can be achieved only through a well-designed risk management framework, with effective governance and high-quality risk information. To provide management with the information it needs, risks should be quantified through various lenses, at aggregate and more granular levels. This session focuses on risk quantification at an enterprise level.


Challenges with Regard to Disability in a World of Individual Responsibility (Intermediate tier)
Anna Rappaport
The public does not understand the importance of long term disability - there are gaps in the coverage, and the situation is growing worse as more responsibility is shifting to employees. This presentation will focus on how disability can derail retirement security in a world of defined contribution plans and also on the low coverage of long term disability benefits. It will include several policy recommendations and provide an update on a 2014 regulatory development.


Panel I: Life/Health & Pension (College-mandatory)
This session will provide you with the opportunity to clarify your mission's objectives. Panelists from the Life, Health, and Pension areas of practice will share their experience-based advice and answer any questions you may have.


Longevity Risk Management - fundamentals, measurement techniques, and current solutions in teh United States (Intermediate tier)
Francisco Orduna, Phil Hur & David Yang
This session will present an overview of longevity risk management and measurement techniques in the context of today's insurance and pension solutions.
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Actuaries and the Art of Communication (All tiers)
Matt Clark & Tony Johnson
Historically, Actuaries have had limited participation in the strategic activities within insurance companies. As companies look to transform their Finance and Actuarial processes, an opportunity exists for Actuaries to claim a seat at the table. The foundation to earning this seat can be found in the analysis and communication provided by the actuaries. Focusing on their audience, actuaries can use their insight into trends and financial results to own the message with improved analytics combined with timely and effective communication.


Pharmacy Trends and the Affordable Care Act (All tiers)
Tyler Lester
Prescription drug trends have been at historic lows over the past three years as patents expire on many blockbuster drugs. Going forward, high cost specialty drugs will become the biggest driver of pharmacy trends. This session will cover recent pharmacy trends and changes in pharmacy management to deal with rising costs. Special attention will be given to changes driven by the Affordable Care Act in the individual market.


Panel II: Property/Casualty & Non-Traditional (College-mandatory)
This session will provide you with the opportunity to clarify your mission's objectives. Panelists from the Property, Casualty, and Non-Traditional areas of practice will share their experience-based advice and answer any questions you may have.


Actuarial Debate and Lunch (All tiers)
Anthony Weatherspoon
An interactive lunch session where 2 teams of actuaries across levels and practice areas will debate hot topics in the industry.

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