Featured Sessions at the 2019 CCA Annual Meeting

The CCA Annual Meeting is recognized as the premier continuing education meeting for consulting actuaries. As you can see from the following general sessions at this year’s meeting, our goal is to help you maintain the balance between leading-edge subjects and professionalism content that satisfies your professional requirements. For the complete listing of sessions, please see the Meeting Schedule.


Session 001: Thinking Stochastically in a Point Estimate World

Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 5:15 PM - 6:55 PM

Actuaries are being challenged to do more stochastic modeling, which basically means calculating and showing a range of potential outcomes. Yet, the world always seems to just want to know “THE number.” How can actuaries effectively do both…communicate the needed and desired answer as well as illustrate the range of potential answers?

In this session presenters review language in the actuarial code of conduct language and ASOPs that govern actuarial communications and ranges of outcomes, show some examples of illustrating point estimates and ranges of outcomes, and have a robust discussion about these issues.

1. Justin N. Hornburg - American Benefits Consulting
2. Stuart M. Schulman - Buck
3. Timothy B. Stawicki - Willis Towers Watson
4. Margaret Tiller Sherwood - Tiller Consulting Group Inc.


Session 002: StorySpeak: The New Strategic Imperative of Professional Development

Monday, October 28, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

It’s a proven fact that using stories to communicate your messages and ideas is the single most powerful way to connect with customers, investors and employees – and keep them connected.

  • Today’s corporate leaders like stories because they make their companies human.
  • Customers like hearing stories because they build trust and make relationships human and personal.
  • Individuals like telling stories because it makes them more interesting, amusing and popular.

StorySpeak has three main components: Talking in Color to make people sound more interesting, amusing and popular, i-kola to create unforgettable word-pictures on the fly and Story-Telling to drive emotional engagement and enhance business performance.

About Nicholas Boothman:

The New York Times calls him "one of the leading experts in face-to-face communication in the world," the Economist Magazine calls him "truly inspirational," and Good Morning America says, "his book is my bible."

His books, "How to Make People Like You in 90 Seconds or Less", "How to Connect in Business in 90 Seconds or Less," and "How to Make Someone Love You Forever in 90 Minutes or Less" have been translated into more than 20 languages, and his programs are given by certified trainers in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia.


Session 003: Ethics

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - 1:00 PM - 2:40 PM

In this participatory session, the speakers use case studies to guide an audience discussion of some of the ethical dilemmas and challenges that actuaries face every day, and identify possible alternatives for handling these challenges.

1. David R. Godofsky - Alston & Bird, LLP
2. Margaret S. Berger - Mercer
3. Kerl Chai-Hong - Willis Towers Watson
4. Elizabeth K. Hammond - Findley


Session 004: Professionalism for Healthcare Actuaries

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - 1:00 PM - 2:40 PM

Speakers at this session provide case studies of what would be considered ethical vs. not ethical from an actuarial perspective. They also cover the Code of Professional Conduct, professionalism, and standards for appropriate actuarial practice. Scenarios and polling are used to make this an interactive experience.

1. Tanya E. Sun - Mercer
2. Dean W. Kepraios - Willis Towers Watson
3. Edward M. Pudlowski - MorningStar Actuarial Consulting, LLC
4. Trevis G. Parson - Willis Towers Watson
5. Justin N. Hornburg - American Benefits Consulting
6. Cheryl A. Ham - Aon
7. Koren L. Holden - Colorado PERA


Session 005: Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies and Their Impact on the Future of the Economy

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

The “Blockchain” can disrupt the way we do business, just as the Internet, the PC, and television did in past decades. Former White House Director of Economic Policy Todd Buchholz, author of Market Shock and New Ideas from Dead CEOs, tackles the startling implications of blockchain technology, and the cryptocurrencies that employ it, including Bitcoin. His writing on technology and the economy have been praised in the Wall Street Journal, on ABC News, and on the BBC. In Fall 2018, Todd was the keynote speaker at Blockchain Nation, one of the premier events in the industry. As finance, tech, and supply-chain firms from Bank of America and Mastercard to UPS, IBM and Apple rush to file patents, Todd explains where the blockchain revolution and cryptocurrencies are going and what your company needs to know.

This session may qualify for partial EA credit. Final allocation of EA credit depends on the actual content of the session.

About Todd Buchholz:

Todd G. Buchholz is an economist and financial markets expert who has served as a White House director of economic policy and managing director of the eminent Tiger hedge fund, where he helped lead the macroeconomic team’s investments in global bonds and foreign exchange. In the White House of President GHW Bush, Buchholz managed presidential briefings by the Federal Reserve chairman; coordinated decision-making in tax, energy, real estate, and banking; and composed decision memos for the President on fiscal, financial and technology regulatory policy.

Buchholz was the founding president of the G7 Group, and has served as a consultant to central banks throughout the world, including the Bundesbank and Bank of England, as well as investment banks such as Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, and HSBC, where he managed a bond and foreign exchange portfolio.