Call for Volunteers: Please Take the Academy's Volunteer Survey
June 30, 2021
Dear Academy Member:
The American Academy of Actuaries is the U.S. national actuarial association, and as such Academy volunteers work tirelessly to assist in providing objective nonpartisan analysis to policymakers, and help to establish, maintain, and enforce high professional standards of actuarial qualification, practice, and conduct for all actuaries practicing in the United States. Thanks to our volunteers’ efforts, the Academy has a prominent and, importantly, a credible voice on public policy concerns in legislative and regulatory arenas at the international, national, state, and local levels and is recognized by practitioners, regulators, employers of actuaries and other users of actuarial work as the U.S. actuarial profession’s own self-regulating standard setting body.
Each year, the Academy undertakes through its volunteer survey to offer the widest opportunity possible to its members to volunteer on committees. Volunteers apply their expertise and draw from their experience to contribute to the Academy’s work on public policy and professionalism concerns. If you would like to join your colleagues in volunteering at the Academy, please fill out our annual volunteer survey, which closes on Friday, July 30.
The Academy is strongly committed in continuing to build a more diverse membership and volunteer pool to assist in reinforcing its commitment to having an inclusive organizational culture to help support the Academy’s mission to serve the public and the U.S. actuarial profession. The Academy is looking to compile a list of potential volunteers to help advise and shape important actuarial issues, including but not limited to diversity, equity, and inclusion concerns in insurance coverages; casualty issues including extreme events and cyber insurance; health issues such as individual, small and large group markets coverage, and long-term care reform; life practice issues including principle-based reserving for life insurance and fixed annuities; and retirement issues including multiemployer plan reforms, lifetime income and retirement systems assessments. The Academy has an interest in gathering different points of view from its members to assist the Academy leadership in tackling important actuarial issues, and in developing Academy volunteer leadership from diverse backgrounds and with different types and levels of experience. Your participation can help with this effort.
- Along with the many benefits of membership, serving in a volunteer capacity for the Academy offers you unique opportunities to:
- Share your experiences and expertise with the Academy and your colleagues;
- Collaborate with your peers on initiatives aimed at advancing professionalism and the actuarial profession;
- Make a difference by helping the Academy serve the public and the U.S. actuarial profession by contributing to efforts to develop sound public policy;
- Gain additional technical expertise;
- Network and establish meaningful connections with colleagues across practice areas; and
- Enhance your leadership abilities and skills in consensus building.
Additionally, volunteers may earn continuing education (CE) credits during their service.
The survey describes Academy committees, particularly noting those that are actively seeking volunteers; there are some new opportunities this year. You should indicate your interests and provide information about how your experience or skills would be a good fit for a particular committee. Whenever a member is added to a committee, it is expected that the member will both fill a need and be an active committee participant.
Please note that all volunteers must acknowledge the Academy’s Conflict of Interest policy and acknowledge compliance with the U.S. Qualification Standards’ CE requirements in the survey. For more information about these policies, please click here.
If you have any questions about volunteering or the survey, please contact the Academy’s director of membership, Kasha Shelton, by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thank you for considering this opportunity to help the Academy, the actuarial profession, the public, and your own professional development.
President, American Academy of Actuaries