As we come to a close with a most remarkable year, we could not feel more grateful for the resilience, support, and excellence of our students, alumni, and friends. The Wisconsin School of Business and the Risk and Insurance Department both have maintained strong numbers in our enrollments, and both faculty and students are maneuvering our current learning environment effectively. You will see in reading the various pieces in this newsletter that we continue to be active and engaged.
You are a major source of our activity, meeting with our students, offering mentoring, advice, and humor. You also continue to excel in your professions, extending the Badger reputation far and wide. We feel pride that you are our alumni and colleagues, and we celebrate with you for each new endeavor. Please share the joy with us when these moments occur.
We send warm wishes for a healthy and warm holiday season, and look forward to sharing more of our moments with you in 2021.
Risk and Insurance Department
This year the Risk and Insurance Career Fair went virtual with over 60 companies and more than 250 students attending. Despite the inability to meet in person, students and recruiters were able to make strong connections. We are impressed by the resilience of all involved.
Focusing on the importance of interpersonal, intangible, and often overlooked skills in the workplace (e.g. empathy, resilience, tolerance for change), Co-Curricular Learning Board (CCLB) representatives shared stories and lessons learned. Eighteen CCLB representatives and 126 students participated.
Always ready to explore new territory, Risk Management and Insurance MBA students generated creative innovative solutions to natural and human-causes catastrophes as part of the AM Best Student Challenge. All three submitting teams are moving on to the next rounds.
It has been a strong fall semester for our Actuarial Club. This organization, more than 250 members strong, has risen to the challenge of connecting virtually, successfully hosting employer presentations, social events, and mentorship activities, and leadership building opportunities.
Maintaining a strong focus on learning opportunities, connections, and community, Risk Management and Insurance Society (RMIS) has delivered outstanding speaker programming as well as social game nights, casual current topic discussions, and peer-to-peer mentoring.
Finding balance and building community are never easy and we can always learn from one another. Recent alumnae and Deloitte senior actuarial consultant Nikita Sabade inspires us in the July edition of The Actuary.
Steven Kelly (BBA ’17)
Research Associate Yale Program on Financial Stability, Yale School of Management
Erin Tenderholt (BBA ’19)
CEO and Co-founder of Blexx Technology
Vicki Villarreal (MBA ’18)
Business Resiliency Senior Enterprise Operations
Have a professional update to share? Email the Risk and Insurance Department so we can share in a future newsletter.
Partnering with American Family Insurance and the Computer, Data, and Information Sciences School on campus, the Risk and Insurance Department is co-leading the CDL-Wisconsin, a mentoring program for seed-stage ventures in the Risk space. Industry leaders, alumni, faculty, and students are the foundation of this innovative program out of the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management.
Sharing Ideas and Knowledge Through Research
One benefit of the virtual world is the ability relatively easily to “bring in” researchers from around the globe to discuss their scholarship. We also make these sessions available to anyone who wishes to join us. You can sign up at the link found here.
Award Winning Risk and Insurance Faculty
Although small in number, our faculty are large in contribution, with two receiving school recognition for their teaching and research contributions. Anita Muklherjee and Justin Sydnor are incredibly well deserving of these recognitions.
To those of you who know Daniel Bauer and Justin Sydnor, you are not surprised to learn that they have been promoted to Full Professor. This is an achievement based on contributions to scholarship, learning, and service. As you know, Dani and Justin are superior in all three dimensions. Join us in celebrating this achievement for the department and school.
Sharing Knowledge to Enhance Practice