Society Of Actuaries Podcasts Feed



This is the official podcast channel of the Society of Actuaries.


  • Health Section: Actuaries Discuss Dare to Lead by Brene Brown

    01/04/2024 Duración: 23min

    Dave Dillion and Bryon Robidoux discuss the book Dare to Lead, which was the Joint Risk Management and Leadership & Development Sections book club selection for December. They discuss what it means for managers to be vulnerable. How to give and receive feedback from both a manager’s perspective and the direct report perspective. The end the podcast talking about actuaries can be more curious and innovative.

  • Young Professional Advisory Council: Professionalism – The Code and Beyond

    25/03/2024 Duración: 29min

    What is professionalism?  Is it just following the law?  The code/rules of professional conduct?  Is it more than both of those? Listen to our podcast where YPAC member Patrick Samborsky, ASA, MAAA discusses professionalism with Charly J Pazdor, FSA retired, who has written about professionalism for The Actuary magazine as well as being a course director and facilitator for the FAC. 

  • Emerging Topics Community: Return to Trees, Part 2: Single Decision Trees

    20/03/2024 Duración: 42min

    Shea and Anders dive into tree-based algorithms, starting with the most fundamental variety, the single decision tree. We cover the mechanics of a decision tree and provide a comparison to linear models. A solid understanding of how a decision tree works is critical to fully grasp the nuances of the more powerful ensemble models, the Random Forest and Gradient Boosting Machine. In addition, single decision trees can still be useful either as a starting point for building more complex models or for situations where interpretability is paramount.

  • Health Section: Great Unwinding

    18/03/2024 Duración: 23min

    Join host Jackie Lee and guest Colby Schaeffer as they delve into the recent SOA research paper, “Modeling the Impact of the Great Unwinding on State Medicaid Programs.” They explore the model presented in the research paper and discuss the societal and actuarial implications of the Great Unwinding. Tune in to learn more about this important topic.

  • Health Section: Neurofeedback: A Potential Game Changer for Mental Healthcare?

    04/03/2024 Duración: 21min

    Dave Dillon talks to psychologist Matt Fleischman, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Neurofeedback Advocacy Project, and Charlie Doe, a retired group health actuary, about neurofeedback, infra-low frequency (ILF) neurofeedback, the data on over 500 clients who have completed 20 sessions of ILF neurofeedback, and the prospect to expand neurofeedback's availability.   

  • Financial Reporting Section: Demystifying Regulatory Bodies and Rating Agencies (Part 1): AM Best

    29/02/2024 Duración: 28min

    In the first of a series to further explore and differentiate the regulatory bodies and rating agencies overseeing the insurance industry, this podcast presents a conversation with Matthew Mosher, MAAA, FCAS, CERA, President and CEO of AM Best Rating Services. Matt presents an overview of the goals of and approaches taken to evaluate insurance companies with a focus on the important considerations for financial reporting actuaries and how they assist the relationship between AM Best and the companies under review.

  • Actuary of the Future: Launching Your Actuarial Career: Jim Cristallo

    28/02/2024 Duración: 29min

    Join Jim Cristallo, FSA and Chris Smith, ASA for an insightful discussion as they dive into the topics of entrepreneurship, blockchain, baseball cards, and - of course - tips and tools for early-career actuaries.

  • Long Term Care Section: Update on Public LTC Financing Exploration in California

    28/02/2024 Duración: 43min

    Roger Loomis interviews Stephanie Moench about her research supporting the exploration of a statewide Long Term Care insurance program in California.

  • Emerging Topics Community: Return to Trees, Part 1: Overview of Tree-Based Algorithms

    28/02/2024 Duración: 10min

    This is the first episode in a new mini-series, “Return to Trees”. In this series, Shea and Anders will be covering tree-based algorithms, including single decision trees, Random Forests, and Gradient Boosting Machines. In this episode, we discuss the rationale for re-visiting these models, which were covered in older podcast episodes in the mid-2010s, as well as an overview of what’s to come in the remaining episodes of the mini-series.  

  • Young Professional Advisory Council: From Career Crossroads to Volunteering: A Non-Traditional Actuarial Odyssey

    26/02/2024 Duración: 24min

    Prepare for a dynamic conversation on the YPAC podcast as host Silver Zhou, FSA, engages in a rich discussion with special guest, Kelly Hennigan, FSA, CFA, a leader in business who transitioned away from traditional actuarial roles. From the impactful influence of mentors on career paths, navigating trust in the workplace, and the intricacies of working with non-actuaries, this episode promises special insights and perspective. Also, discover the secrets of staying motivated and dedicated to giving back to the profession as Kelly shares her experiences as a longtime volunteer.

  • Health Section: Critical Illness: Past, Present & Future

    19/02/2024 Duración: 24min

    Listen to Ashlee Borcan and Jennifer Howard of Milliman discuss the past, present and future of critical illness insurance.  This podcast is based on the article, “Critical Illness Turns 40!”, written by Ashlee and Jennifer.

  • The Actuarial Foundation’s Impact: Celebrating our 30th Anniversary

    07/02/2024 Duración: 11min

    Jeff Johnson, The Actuarial Foundation immediate past board chairperson talks with Andy Ferris, current board chairperson and incoming board chairperson, Sharon Robinson about the vital work being done by the Foundation. The group highlights how the Foundation’s advancement efforts positively influence the lives of our students and how the actuarial community drives our impact. Visit the for more information.

  • Health Section: Unveiling Healthcare’s Hidden Numbers: Navigating the Landscape of Price Transparency and Coverage Data

    05/02/2024 Duración: 24min

    Dive deep into the world of healthcare data with industry experts discussing the groundbreaking machine-readable files, unraveling hospital charges, discounted cash prices, and negotiated rates with health plans. Learn about the positive applications and pitfalls within these extensive datasets, gaining valuable insights from experts who have navigated the complexities of transparency in coverage.

  • Young Professional Advisory Council: Actuarial Career In Reinsurance - The Experience And Insights of Stephen Abrokwah Ph.D, FSA, CERA, MAAA

    03/02/2024 Duración: 27min

    In this podcast, fast-rising leader in the reinsurance space, Stephen Abrokwah Ph.D, FSA, CERA, MAAA, shares some general knowledge about reinsurance and delves a bit more into his own career journey and experience as a client-facing reinsurance Actuary.

  • Actuary of the Future: Launching Your Actuarial Career: Ryan Wodarski

    30/01/2024 Duración: 25min

    It's a new year and a new episode! Listen in as Ryan Wodarski, ASA, and host Chris Smith, ASA, discuss how to stand out to employers, transition successfully from the ASA to the FSA exam track, and plenty of other tips for early career actuaries.

  • Actuary of the Future: Launching Your Actuarial Career: Vy Le

    27/12/2023 Duración: 31min

    Join Vy Le, FSA, CERA and Chris Smith, ASA for a great discussion of topics that include pursuing your passions (both at work and outside of it), the value of education and the SOA exam track, and - of course - tips and tools for early-career actuaries.

  • Young Professional Advisory Council: Being An Actuary In Latin America - Part Two

    25/12/2023 Duración: 23min

    Join Roberto Gomez, ASA, and Kiu Yuen, FSA, as they explore the Actuarial world within Latin America with their expert panel in this two-part episode. This discussion promises a rich conversation covering topics like the journey of becoming an actuary, the role of SOA in Latin America, and the myriad career paths that actuaries can embark upon. Whether you're an aspiring actuary or an industry professional, this episode is your gateway to understanding the nuances of being an actuary in Latin America. Please enjoy our Spanish introduction by our Host, Roberto Gomez, ASA!

  • Marketing and Distribution Section: Minimum Viable Product (MVP) in Insurance Product Development Part 2

    22/12/2023 Duración: 36min

    Discover the role that a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) has in insurance product development in our two-part podcast series. Experts Joe Alaimo and Chris Siudzinski explore how MVP and agile software development can innovate insurance solutions.

  • Emerging Topics Community: Minimum Viable Product (MVP) in Insurance Product Development Part 2

    22/12/2023 Duración: 36min

    Discover the role that a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) has in insurance product development in our two-part podcast series. Experts Joe Alaimo and Chris Siudzinski explore how MVP and agile software development can innovate insurance solutions.

  • Health Section: The Biosimilar Wave

    18/12/2023 Duración: 25min

    Are the many new biologic drugs that launch each year bringing the clinical innovation that patients desperately need or the financial doom that healthcare benefit plan sponsors and their members cannot afford?  Or both?  What are biosimilar drugs and how can they help?  This podcast and its related series of articles in Health Watch helps actuaries better understand the potential clinical and financial impact that the coming wave of biosimilars could have on our healthcare system and how plan sponsors can best leverage it for their populations.

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