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Pinnacle recently hosted the 4th annual Pinnacle U event in our Bloomington office. Pinnacle U is a collaborative effort between Illinois State University (ISU) and Pinnacle that provides a wide array of training and development opportunities for its participants. The event is also a tangible response to the strategic plan of the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS), which lists improving communications and relationships with candidates and academics as a top priority.
Pinnacle Actuarial Analysts and interns pair up with ISU students with the common goal to prepare a 20-minute presentation on a topic of actuarial interest. Following each session, a panel of insurance company professionals provides feedback to the participants.
This year’s Pinnacle U topics included:
A total of 25 presenters (17 from Pinnacle and 8 from ISU) filled the day with insightful presentations that were well researched and delivered in collaborative team format. In addition to the educational content of the meeting itself, the day’s format always provides a number of benefits to Pinnacle, ISU and everyone involved.
Pinnacle U furnishes ISU students and Pinnacle analysts the occasion to get in front of a large audience of actuaries and network with other area students and professionals. It also allows ISU professors the opportunity to observe their students demonstrating their knowledge and presentation skills. Pinnacle U is yet another way for Pinnacle to solidify our strategic relationship with ISU, a top-tier university and inaugural winner of the CAS University Award.
Many thanks go out to Pinnacle’s Erich Brandt and Greg Fears for coordinating Pinnacle U. They put forth a tremendous effort to not only organize the event but also work with each team to ensure all presentations are of the highest professional quality. Thanks also go to Dr. Krzysztof Ostaszewski, ISU’s Actuarial Program Director, for preparing his students so well. The feedback we receive from the audience, presenters and judges has been overwhelmingly positive and we believe Pinnacle U will continue be one of the profession’s preeminent annual events.
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