Five Appalachian State University Risk Management & Insurance majors braved the remnants of an ice storm and traveled to Atlanta to participate in this year’s Atlanta RIMS Educational Conference February 21-22. This year’s theme “# Insurance: What will be Relevant in Tomorrow’s World?” was on point, as students attended sessions on industry hot topics such as building an effective cyber risk culture, the #Me Too effect for management liability, and the evolution of underwriting.
Students engaged in a Panel Session where young alumni from Appalachian State University, Florida State University, and the University of Georgia provided a plethora of insight into what they might expect upon entering the industry: things to do and lessons learned. Students also networked with risk managers, insurance brokers and industry service suppliers during the event. AppState Junior, Renée Taylor remarks:
“As a full time, non-traditional student who has both equal life, financial, and academic responsibility, going to Atlanta RIMS was a huge opportunity for me. Behind the endless school work, and the long hours at my current job, I have been starving to experience the field that I am studying in a professional setting. RIMS gave me a real life examination into the insurance industry, and the amazing, personable professionals that create the industry. The knowledge I was able to experience was priceless in such a short amount of time.”
[Pictured from Left: Renée Taylor, Dalton Adams, Katie Cole, Dr. Karen Epermanis, Ellen Collins, and Barret Compton]
About the Brantley Risk & Insurance Center
The Brantley Risk and Insurance Center in Appalachian State University's Walker College of Business enhances the academic experience by providing space and staff to assist risk management and insurance majors with networking, job placement preparation and contact with faculty members outside the classroom. It provides students opportunities to participate in professional designation and licensing programs, and invites industry leaders to participate in classes and speak to student organizations. It also fosters research and faculty development, assists the insurance industry in the design and delivery of continuing education programs and helps educate the public about the insurance industry. Learn more at https://insurance.appstate.edu
Appalachian's Risk Management and Insurance Program is the sixth largest in the country according to Business Insurance magazine. The college's Brantley Risk and Insurance Center, founded in 1988 with support from the Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina, supports research and faculty development, assists the insurance industry in the design and delivery of training and continuing education programs, and facilitates interaction between students, faculty and the professionals in the insurance industry. Appalachian is designated a Global Center of Insurance Excellence by the International Insurance Society. For more information about the Center, visit insurance.appstate.edu.