Dear Alumni and Friends,
We are grateful for your many contributions to our students and our programs, especially after one of the most unique years any of us could have imagined. Here in Madison, we are beginning to open up, and while it feels odd, it also is marvelous. Further, we are joyed to plan for a fully on-premises experience for the 2021-22 academic year.
In the items noted below, you will see that our students continue to thrive, the faculty and staff continue to provide outstanding experiences, and we all continue to work towards new and innovative ideas. Please be in touch to share your own news and stories with us.
Risk and Insurance Department
Spencer-RIMS Risk Management Challenge Team
Congratulations to UW Risk Management and Insurance students who placed 2nd in the Risk Management Challenge.
MBA Students Rise to the Challenge
Andrew Shaw and Madison Wescott won AM Best Student Challenge with their new product named Emergency Evacuation Assistance. Showing our strong student body, Kohta Kumazaki and Colin Lane were also finalists. Read More.
CCLB Case Competition Focuses on Disrupters
Student teams presented creative ideas that could be insurance market disruptors. Co-Curricular Learning Board (CCLB) company representations played the role of judges, offered presentation feedback, and networked with students. Read More.
Spring Banquet: Connecting Across the Globe
The annual Risk and Insurance Spring Banquet went virtual this year. It was a hit with almost 200 attendees from across the globe and from different risk and insurance generations. Read More.
Actuarial Club – Reflections on Year
With humor and pictures, graduating senior and Actuarial Club President Aaron Lubich reflects on both the importance of the club to him throughout his college career, and highlights from his year as president. Read More.
RMIS – Reflections on Year
Risk Management and Insurance Society (RMIS) President Claire Stumpf shares her enthusiasm and excitement with us for the club’s newly formed diversity and inclusion committee that was active this year hosting events and discussions. Read More.
Kramer Endres (BBA ‘17) has a generous nature that is appreciated by all who know him, and at 25 years old he became the youngest donor to pledge an estate gift to the UW Foundation. “Leading by Example,” Wisconsin Dividends, Spring 2021
Phil Hoffmann (BBA ‘91, MBA ’93), managing director at Aon, was recognized 2021 At Large Power Broker Winner by Risk & Insurance. From his work on the MBA Risk and Insurance board to his mentoring students to doing the best for his clients, caring about people comes across in everything that Phil does. Wisconsin School of Business Update, Spring/Summer 2021
Christy Kaufman (BBA ’97, MS ’00) joined online real estate marketplace Zillow Group Inc. as vice president of risk management. Business Insurance, April 6, 2021
Brad Wood (MBA ’86), senior vice president of risk management at Marriott International, is building external and internal partnerships to manage risk for businesses beyond his own company to better meet the challenges of a crisis. “Alumni Manage Risk During a Year of Immense Challenges,” Wisconsin School of Business Update, Spring/Summer 2021
Have a professional update to share? Email the Risk and Insurance Department so we can share in a future newsletter.
SOA Reaffirms Our Actuarial Excellence
We are thrilled to share that we have been reaffirmed by the Society of Actuaries (SOA) as a Center of Actuarial Excellence (CAE) for the next 5 years. On Wisconsin!
Increasing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
“It is difficult to choose a profession if you are unaware of it or you do not see others like you. Basically, I want to see more people who look like me working as actuaries,” explained Risk and Insurance faculty Paul Johnson, co-coordinator of this initiative and himself African- American. For the UW-Madison actuarial program, increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion within the actuarial profession is a priority. Read more »
Award Winning Risk and Insurance Faculty
His dedication to teaching and his students is one of many qualities we admire about Risk and Insurance faculty Paul Johnson. We are thrilled to announce his recognition by the Wisconsin School of Business for his excellence in teaching.
Sharing Knowledge to Enhance Practice