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Professionalism Plenary: Professionalism Under Pressure

Professionalism Plenary: Professionalism Under Pressure

The No. 1 ethical issue in actuarial practice is pressure by principals regarding assumptions, according to a professionalism survey conducted by the Academy. Pressures can come from many sources, some principals and some not. This is an ethical concern that crosses all practice areas.

This plenary session at the Annual Meeting and Public Policy Forum will open with remarks by Anita Cava, J.D., director of the Business Ethics Program and professor of business law at the University of Miami. It will then feature an interactive discussion with expert panelists, joined by Cava, who will delve into specific examples and the broad cross-practice questions raised for the profession. Topics will include how the Code of Professional Conduct governs, and how public interest considerations should inform, actuarial work generally—not limited to the public pension plan issues—and how actuaries can maintain professionalism under pressure, serve the public, and articulate the actuarial perspective in public policy and societal issues where actuaries can make a difference.

Plenary Speaker & Panelist

  • Anita Cava, J.D., Director, Business Ethics Program, and Professor, Business Law, University of Miami


  • Sherry Chan, MAAA, FSA, FCA, Chief Actuary, New York City Office of the Actuary

  • Bill Hallmark, MAAA, EA, ASA, FCA, Vice President, Pension

  • Janet Fagan, MAAA, FCAS, FCIA, Past ABCD Chairperson


  • Tom Terry, MAAA, EA, FSA, FCA, Past President and International Actuarial Association President

Professionalism continuing education credit will be available.

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