Dive In Festival Session Recording Available

The 2020 Dive In Festival was the biggest one yet, with more than 30,000 people attending the global celebration of diversity and inclusion in the insurance industry. The Festival featured more than 500 speakers presenting in 144 events in 35 countries across the globe on Sept. 22 – 24, 2020.

The Society of Actuaries (SOA) and the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) Joint Committee on Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity (JCIED) presented a session at this year’s festival, and the recording is now available. The session featured TED-style talks from four analytical minds who are challenging the status quo, as described in the session description:

Unconventional Wisdom from Conventional Quants

It is widely recognized that there is a lack of diversity in analytical fields like Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), and it’s especially true in the actuarial profession. That’s why two professional societies have joined forces to effect change. The SOA and CAS are working together to build a more diverse and inclusive insurance industry at all levels of leadership in the U.S., and around the world. This session will introduce the audience to the work of the JCIED and be moderated by its Co-Chairs, Mallika Bender, FCAS, MAAA and Sara Teppema, FSA, MAAA, and feature four distinct presentations:

  • The STEM mindset: Cultivating the next generation – Talithia Williams, Ph.D.
  • Challenging cultural norms in work and life – Karen DeToro, FSA
  • Building ethical, inclusive, and fair AI – Michael Y. Xiao, FSA
  • Growing through global experiences – Alejandra Nolibos, FCAS

The session recording is now available for viewing on the Dive In YouTube channel.


About Dive In: Dive In is a global movement in the insurance sector to support the development of inclusive workplace cultures. Its mission is to enable people to achieve their potential by raising awareness of the business case and promoting positive action for diversity in all its forms. Since its birth in 2015, Dive In has grown exponentially, reaching global heights with events taking place across 32 countries world-wide, attracting more than 10,000 people.