October 9, 2019
By Kinsey Turk
While the Gamma Iota Sigma Kappa Chapter at ASU (GIS @ ASU) does impressive work on its own, it is also part of a larger overarching group of college chapters across the continent. Each year, actuarial science, risk management, and insurance students from the different GIS chapters gather in one place to share and promote their love of insurance. This year, eight of GIS @ ASU’s officers and committee members, as well as two faculty advisors, packed their sharpest business attire and headed to Dallas, Texas for the 48th Annual GIS International Conference, held September 26 to 28. Aside from the chance for delicious BBQ, GIS @ ASU was also ready and thrilled to tackle the conference. The officers’ days were full of thought-provoking sessions, company interviews, networking with other chapters, and of course, a bit of fun.
One of the sessions, entitled “Tech and D&I: Implications in Promoting an Inclusive Workforce” was lead in part by GIS @ ASU’s very own diversity and inclusion officer and Gamma SAID council member, Michelle Torbit. Along with international student representative Jack Richards and Gamma SAID Alumni Chair Cameron Alford, Michelle discussed how the growth in Insurtech and Artificial Intelligence might disrupt the insurance talent pipeline. As more and more entry-level jobs require technical skills, people who do not have access to this innovative technology may be at a disadvantage. To illustrate these ideas, Michelle and her team led students through a Family Feud inspired game and group discussions on ways to resolve issues of access. GIS @ ASU’s diversity and inclusion officer did a fantastic job bringing these issues to the forefront of the conference just like she does back in Arizona.
Every year, the Annual Awards Dinner is the most highly anticipated event of the conference. Here, chapters, students, and faculty are acknowledged for their diligent work within and outside of GIS. The night started with the announcement of the International Chapter Awards. Each chapter is eligible for six awards in the categories of alumni relations, chapter management, community service, GammaSAID diversity & inclusion, membership development, and public relations. GIS @ ASU received all six of the awards in addition to the title of well-rounded chapter. The most exciting awards were still yet to come!
For some time, GIS @ ASU has been striving to achieve one of the coveted Black & Gold Awards that only select chapters receive for outstanding events. This year, GIS @ ASU was one of four chapters to receive this award, specifically for our Diversity and Inclusion Series. The award is an incredible honor, and we hope to continue creating programs and events worthy of the distinction. Lastly, one of our members received an extraordinary award. Described as hardworking and recognized for her work as a former president, current senior advisor, and creator of our future high school outreach program, Hailey Walters was given the Warren L. Weeks award. GIS @ ASU is incredibly proud of all its current and past officers for all the hard work they have put into our chapter that has made these awards possible.
The weekend in Dallas for the 48th Annual GIS Conference was incredibly rewarding for all who attended. On top of the honors GIS @ ASU members received, officers and committee members had an amazing time connecting with students from other chapters and discovering new ways they can better serve our chapter. GIS @ ASU can’t wait to see what else the Grand Chapter comes up with for the 2019-2020 year!