Promote life-long learning

Build the knowledge and skills of your in-house talent by partnering with our faculty, thought leaders in both academic and industry spaces. Our faculty can customize continuing education seminars for your organization's specific needs. We also facilitate conferences that benefit your organization specifically and the industry generally. Among our areas of expertise are:

  • Predictive modeling
  • Health analytics
  • Behavioral analytics
  • Insurance company financial operations
  • Enterprise risk management

The actuarial science, risk management, and insurance professions require continuous life-long learning. The Wisconsin School of Business Center for Professional and Executive Development (CPED) understands this and offers both open-enrollment programs for all professionals and custom designed programs for particular organizations in these spaces.

Please email the chair of Risk and Insurance, Joan Schmit, to learn more.

Insurance Management Education

In collaboration with The Institutes, we offer an “Insurance Management Education” program for professionals. This three-day interactive program focuses on the combined aspects of insurance acumen and personal leadership development. Participants who have completed the program have expressed positive reactions and shared that they have experienced significant personal growth. Learn More »

Insurance Management Education
Insurance Management Education, Fall 2015


Develop and hire talented future leaders

Make an impact industry-wide by preparing students for leadership roles, while expanding your recruiting strategies.

Join the Co-Curricular Learning Board (CCLB)

CCLB members add to their corporate reputation while investing in the industry’s future human capital. Members partner with the department to organize and implement large-scale student activities, and in the process:

  • Supplement classroom learning by leveraging the professional experiences and expertise of its members
  • Support students development of professional skills: effectively communicating with a wide variety of audiences, identifying and being able to articulate their individual underlying values, and generally developing skills in professionalism

CCLB Event

Membership on the CCLB is a long-term strategy with activities running throughout the entire academic year with direct input on the professional development of our students. Learn More »

Give a presentation to one of our active student clubsMike Miller Presentation, Fall 2015

Our Risk Management and Insurance Society student club is the oldest student club in risk management and insurance in the country. The Actuarial Club is not far behind. A mainstay activity for each club is participation in industry presentations that cover current events and other professional topics. Individuals from a dozen organizations participated last year, with presentations such as:

  • Responding to changes in the pension landscape
  • Effectively managing global risk operations
  • Preparing for a leadership opportunities post-graduation

Both clubs, run by students and advised by a faculty member, also organize social and volunteer events.
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Recruit at the Risk and Insurance Career Fair

Our annual career fair attracts undergraduate and graduate students interested in careers in actuarial science and risk management and insurance. We coordinate this Career Fair with the University-wide career fair to make your organization's recruitment efforts more efficient. If you are interested in hiring our high-caliber students, consider reserving your recruiting table today. Learn More »

2015 Career Fair Stats

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Provide an applied learning experience

Knowing that we often learn best by doing, our department has partnered with industry over many years to conduct applied learning projects. These projects generate from a need within the partner organization, who offers time and support as students analyze the problem, develop recommendations, and present these recommendations to top leaders within the organizations. During this process, students develop stronger appreciation for organizational structure and activities, project management, teamwork, and specific content acumen.

Offer a Remarkable Opportunity

United Airlines GroupConsider participating in an applied learning project and experience the excitement and gratitude of our students. Recent semester-long projects have been completed in coordination with a variety of organizations, including:

  • Abbott Labs
  • American Family Insurance Company
  • CUNA Mutual Group
  • East Madison Community Center
  • Lands’ End
  • Willis Towers Watson (formerly Towers Watson)
  • United Airlines
  • Validus
  • Meemic Insurance
  • Wartburg College

Examples of Recent Applied Learning Projects:

TomoTherapy Enterprise Risk Management Audit
Shortly after TomoTherapy, a Madison-based biotech firm, became a public entity, a group of MBA students led by alumna Christy Kaufman conducted an ERM audit of the organization. Reporting to the firm's C-Suite, the MBA team offered a series of recommendations to manage TomoTherapy’s risks in a holistic fashion. Several ultimately were implemented by management.

United Airlines Risk Management Dashboard
A team of eight MBA students and five BBA students analyzed United airline’s claims history and identified relevant relationships within the data. The team then recommended a better way to represent these relationships using United's new data management tool. The resulting dashboards and recommendations were presented to United’s leadership team with the intent of enhancing risk management decisions.

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Support research to enhance practice

Improve your organization's practices and strategies and the industry by studying the data collected as part of your daily operations with our world-renowned research faculty.

Partner with our faculty

The Risk and Insurance department conducts much of our research in collaboration with industry. Recent examples of industry-based research include:

  • Analysis of the Wisconsin state property insurance fund
  • Study of insurer's renewal experience, as affected by a variety of factors, including price changes, and demographic changes

Please email the chair of Risk and Insurance, Joan Schmit, to learn more.