CCA Member Spotlight
The consulting actuary doesn’t sit on the sidelines. We’re front and center – the movers and shakers – unafraid of using our powers of intellect and charm to advise and conquer. We’re also individuals with countless extraordinary stories to tell. This page will feature the stories of CCA members - who they are and what they do both inside and out of the actuarial world.
Meet CCA Member: Kemi Akinyemi
Meet your fellow CCA member, Olukemi (Kemi) Akinyemi. She was hooked on actuarial science after just one actuarial science club meeting at her alma mater, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
She enjoys networking with amazing pension actuaries at the CCA meetings. She’s grateful to the mentors who have helped her get to where she is today and hasn’t forgotten from where she came. She’s a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, an actuarial professional, a neighbor, a friend, an MBA student, a speaker, a teacher and more! She’s an absolute joy to be around.
Name: Kemi Akinyemi | Location: Chicago, IL | Employer: CNO Financial Group | Area of Practice: Life Insurance
I got into the actuarial profession through my college - University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Go Huskers!). I intended to be an engineer, but lost all interest because of the few non-energetic engineers and teachers I went to meet with - I'm not saying all engineers are boring...I know quite a few fun ones! Just the ones I happened to speak with while deciding.
I was my roommate's free math tutor at the time, and she came across a flyer for our actuarial science club that had all sorts of Greek letters on it. She picked it up and brought it to our dorm room and said she thought the description of an actuary fit me perfectly. That flyer had said something like do you love math, do you like trying new things, do you like exams, etc.? Then join us at the actuarial science club meeting and get free pizza and drinks. It was a small group of students and one professor (Professor Ramsay). Everyone was enthusiastic, and I was in from that moment on. This was around spring of 2001.
- Being an actuary is great, but look deep within and you will see there is so much more to you than being an actuary. Develop in as many areas as you can and remain well-rounded.
- Identify role-models and mentors early and learn what you can as you go along.
- There will be hurdles and some disappointments along the way. Don't let them define you. See them as stepping stones to a brighter future and learn what you can.
- Treat people kindly, and be willing to help when you can.
- There is plenty of room for everyone to shine. There is no need to block anyone's progress to get ahead.
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