Leadership Interview Series

The Leadership Interview Series (formerly Emerging Leaders), hosted by CCA past president, Michael Clark, provides actuaries with leadership skill development through thoughtful and engaging interviews. These discussions feature actuarial leaders sharing personal experiences and practical advice that have shaped them into the people they are today. Tune into these interviews live or recorded to gain new insights that will help you as you look to develop or refine your leadership skills and become a more successful professional.

 

Featured Interviews

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In case you missed it, watch the full recording of the Celebrating Women in Actuarial Leadership panel discussion.

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Alejandro Ortega

In this four-part video series, Alejandro Ortega – President of the Organization of Latino Actuaries and one of the founding members of the organization discusses the organization, its goals and services, leadership, and diversity.

Emerging Leaders Interview Series with Alejandro Ortega

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Emerging Leaders Interview Series with Alejandro Ortega

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Emerging Leaders Interview Series with Alejandro Ortega

Part 3

Emerging Leaders Interview Series with Alejandro Ortega

Part 4

SAGAA

Featuring Jake Akstins and Matt Gentile, Co-Founders of the Sexuality and Gender Alliance of Actuaries (SAGAA), this three-part interview discusses SAGAA's purpose to facilitate connections between LGBTQ+ actuaries and allies to engage in community-wide dialogue about LGBTQ+ issues, as well as the importance of inclusive leadership.

Leadership Development Interview Series - SAGAA

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Leadership Development Interview Series - SAGAA

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Leadership Development Interview Series - SAGAA

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Tonya Manning

In this five-part video series, Tonya Manning, Tonya B. Manning, FCA, MAAA, FSA, EA, US Wealth Practice Leader & Chief Actuary, Buck, discusses her greatest achievements, the importance of volunteering, leadership challenges, gender issues, dealing with conflicting viewpoints, how to become successful leader in your organization, and her role models.

Emerging Leaders Interview Series with Tonya Manning

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Emerging Leaders Interview Series with Tonya Manning

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Emerging Leaders Interview Series with Tonya Manning

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Emerging Leaders Interview Series with Tonya Manning

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Emerging Leaders Interview Series with Tonya Manning

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Rob Bacher

In this four-part video series, Rob Bacher talks about his various credentials, including FCA, FSA, FCIA, EA, MAAA, CFA, Lean Six Sigma Greenbelt, and how they helped him as an Actuary, the non-traditional roles he has held, the challenges he has had to overcome during his career, the pros and cons of working on the consulting versus client side, and how can actuaries set themselves apart from data analysts.

Emerging Leaders Interview Series with Rob Bacher

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Emerging Leaders Interview Series with Rob Bacher

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Emerging Leaders Interview Series with Rob Bacher

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Emerging Leaders Interview Series with Rob Bacher

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John Lowell

In this five-part video series, John Lowell FCA, MAAA, ASA, EA, Partner, October Three Consulting LLC, discusses his unique path to becoming an actuary, taking on new challenges, preparing for leadership challenges and developing others, and his unique hobbies.

Emerging Leaders Interview Series with John Lowell

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Emerging Leaders Interview Series with John Lowell

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Emerging Leaders Interview Series with John Lowell

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Emerging Leaders Interview Series with John Lowell

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Emerging Leaders Interview Series with John Lowell

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Sara Teppema

In this four-part video series, Sara Teppma, President of Alta Advisers and Chair of the Joint SOA/CAS Committee on Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion discusses how she got involved in the joint committee, the goals of the committee, and what initiatives are on the horizon and how you can support the initiatives of the JCDEI.

Emerging Leaders Interview Series with Sara Teppema

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Emerging Leaders Interview Series with Sara Teppema

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Emerging Leaders Interview Series with Sara Teppema

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Emerging Leaders Interview Series with Sara Teppema

Part 4

Maria Sarli and Ellen Kleinstuber

In this five-part video series, CCA President Maria Sarli, FCA, MAAA, FSA, EA and President-Elect Ellen Kleinstuber, FCA, MAAA, FSA, EA, FSPA discuss their perspectives about the value of volunteering, role models who influenced their career paths, and their perspectives on leadership.

Emerging Leaders Interview Series with Maria Sarli and Ellen Kleinstuber

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Emerging Leaders Interview Series with Maria Sarli and Ellen Kleinstuber

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Emerging Leaders Interview Series with Maria Sarli and Ellen Kleinstuber

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Emerging Leaders Interview Series with Maria Sarli and Ellen Kleinstuber

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Emerging Leaders Interview Series with Maria Sarli and Ellen Kleinstuber

Part 5

Tom Terry

In this four-part series,Tom Terry CEO of The Terry Group talks about the Evolution of his career, the actuarial profession, volunteering, successful leaders, and what advice he has for actuaries that are looking to become successful leaders within their organizations.

Emerging Leaders Interview Series with Tom Terry

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Emerging Leaders Interview Series with Tom Terry

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Emerging Leaders Interview Series with Tom Terry

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Emerging Leaders Interview Series with Tom Terry

Part 4

Gloria Asare

In this four-part series, Gloria Asare, Toronto Affiliate Leader of the International Association of Black Actuaries and Head of Pricing for Canada at AXA XL, talks about IABA, its services, mission, and successes, and her thoughts on leadership. 

Emerging Leaders Interview Series with Gloria Asare

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Emerging Leaders Interview Series with Gloria Asare

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Emerging Leaders Interview Series with Gloria Asare

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Emerging Leaders Interview Series with Gloria Asare

Part 4

Celebrating Women in Actuarial Leadership

In celebration of Women's History Month and International Women's Day the CCA Women in Consulting community hosted a Leadership Interview Series discussion with the five women presidents of the U.S. actuarial associations. This is history in the making as it is the first time all five associations have had women presidents at once.

We gathered to not only celebrate but to also learn from these women - to understand their journeys and pathways toward leadership, and to understand what inspired them. You're invited to watch this inspiring, heartfelt and genuine interview to hear more about their triumphs, challenges and motivations.

Celebrating Women in Actuarial Leadership

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Celebrating Women in Actuarial Leadership

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Celebrating Women in Actuarial Leadership

Part 3

Dominic Lee

Dominic Lee, ACAS, Senior Actuary and Senior Solutions Advisor, Risk Research and Quantitative Solutions at SAS is the self-proclaimed Maverick Actuary. He is a public speaker, content creator, and helps quant professionals increase impact and value using media and visual storytelling. Check out his TED-style talk about actuarial science.

Leadership Development Interview Series with Dominic Lee

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Leadership Development Interview Series with Dominic Lee

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Mallika Bender

Mallika Bender, FCAS, MAAA, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) Staff Actuary at the Casualty Actuarial Society, helps build awareness of and educate stakeholders on DE&I topics, develop strategies and mobilize volunteers and partners to increase the diversity and maintain and strengthen relationships with key DE&I partners.

 

Leadership Development Interview with Mallika Bender

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Leadership Development Interview with Mallika Bender

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Leadership Development Interview with Mallika Bender

Part 3

Brent Walder

Brent Walder is a former chief actuary at Prudential Financial. Brent has a passion for helping technical leaders accelerate change, drive strategic business impact, and lead deeply satisfying lives. He recently launched a new career as a speaker, executive coach, and leadership developer. Brent spent the last 25 years growing as a leader, building and leading high-performing teams, helping transform businesses and industries, and developing emerging leaders. Brent's greatest professional energy comes from engaging, growing and developing talented leaders.

Leadership Interview with Brent Walder

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Leadership Interview with Brent Walder

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Leadership Interview with Brent Walder

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The Actuarial Foundation

Jeff Johnson, Chair of the Actuarial Foundation Board, and Jason Leppin, Executive Director of The Actuarial Foundation, discuss the Foundation's mission, programs, and its support of actuaries and the community.

Leadership Interview with The Actuarial Foundation

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Leadership Interview with The Actuarial Foundation

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Leadership Interview with The Actuarial Foundation

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Chelsea Adler

Chelsea Adler – Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society,  Senior Manager at Root Inc., and the creator of Inspiring Actuaries - discusses her leadership style, career journey, the actuarial profession, and also her experience on the  US National Team for Synchronized Swimming.


Leadership Interview with Chelsea Adler

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Leadership Interview with Chelsea Adler

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Leadership Interview with Chelsea Adler

Part 3

John Robinson and Roosevelt Mosley

2023 marks the first time in history that the two major credentialing organizations based in the US, the SOA and CAS, have Presidents that are Black. In thisleadership development interview series, we hear from John Robinson, President of the SOA, and Roosevelt Mosley, President of the CAS, as they discuss this historic moment for the actuarial profession and their views on actuarial leadership.

 

Leadership Interview with John Robinson and Roosevelt Mosley

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Leadership Interview with John Robinson and Roosevelt Mosley

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Leadership Interview with John Robinson and Roosevelt Mosley

Part 3

Abacus Actuaries - Riddhi Patel

Riddhi Patel, is President of Abacus Actuaries - a network of aspiring, practicing, and former actuaries, working together through mentorship programs, networking and other professional development opportunities to break the bamboo ceiling so Asians can achieve equal representation in the highest ranks of the actuarial profession.

Leadership Interview with Riddhi Patel

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Leadership Interview with Riddhi Patel

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Leadership Interview with Riddhi Patel

Part 3

Charles Cowling

As you're probably aware, there are a number of actuarial organizations within the US. But did you know that there are many more organizations outside the US? One of those organizations is a worldwide association of professional actuarial associations called the International Actuarial Association.

On this Leadership Development podcast, we'll be interviewing Charles Cowling, Chief Actuary at Mercer UK, and the current President-Elect of the IAA. Listen in to understand more about the IAA and from Charles's experiences in participating with actuaries around the globe.

Leadership Interview with Charles Cowling

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Leadership Interview with Charles Cowling

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Leadership Interview with Charles Cowling

Part 3

Melissa Chacko

Melissa Chacko is Deputy Chief Actuary at New York City Office of the Actuary. Her career has spanned positions in international consulting, health, and retirement. Hear her discuss her career journey and being a female in leadership.

Leadership Interview Melissa Chacko

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Leadership Interview Melissa Chacko

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Leadership Interview Melissa Chacko

Part 3

Dave Dillon

Dave Dillon is senior VP and Principal at Lewis & Ellis in Dallas, TX. Dave is a former member of the Board of Directors at the Society of Actuaries where he received the SOA’s presidential award in 2022. Hear him discuss volunteering, leadership, and his career journey.

Leadership Interview with Dave Dillon

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Leadership Interview with Dave Dillon

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Leadership Interview with Dave Dillon

Part 3

James Jones

Listen as James Jones, managing director at EY who splits his time between Miami and NYC, discusses his career journey, working internationally, and his views on leadership.

Leadership Interview with James Jones

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Leadership Interview with James Jones

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Leadership Interview with James Jones

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Jessica Vega

Jess Vega is an actuarial consultant at Northwestern Mutual based in Milwaukee, WI. She is also a former board member of the Organization of Latino Actuaries, OLA.  Listen as she talks about her career journey and volunteering.

 

Leadership Interview with Jessica Vega