Student Symposiums

Extreme Risk Takers Symposium Series

The WSIA Education Foundation sponsors the Extreme Risk Takers Symposium Series for students majoring in risk management and insurance, actuarial science, finance or business and are held in various locations around the country. These are also open to any student interested in learning more about the industry. Attendees hear from wholesale, specialty and surplus lines professionals, and a variety of viewpoints are presented for a thorough discussion of the industry. Each symposium features a career fair and networking reception with professionals, enabling students to gain learn more about this exciting, and important segment of the insurance industry.

Extreme Risk Takers - Chicago

March 27-28, 2020 - This event has been canceled due to evolving travel and health concerns related to the coronavirus
Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile | Chicago, IL

Hosted by the Alpha Kappa Chapter at the Katie School of Insurance at Illinois State University, industry professionals are featured speakers, and the symposium attracts 150-175 students from more than 20 universities.

Registration

  • Student registration is $25 and includes: networking and educational sessions, Career Fair, meals (Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner), inclusion in the symposium resume booklet and discounted hotel room rate. 
  • Faculty/Educator Registration - No charge
  • Career Fair Registration is $300 and includes: Career Fair booth for up to four attendees, copy of symposium resume booklet and lunch prior to the Career Fair. 

Download a symposium flyer
2019 Attendee List


Extreme Risk Takers - Santa Barbara

April 3, 2020 - This event has been canceled due to evolving travel and health concerns related to the coronavirus
University of California-Santa Barbara, Loma Pelona Center | Santa Barbara, CA

This half-day symposium is hosted by the Actuarial Science Program at the University of California - Santa Barbara. This shortened program will highlight the wholesale, specialty and surplus lines industry, with a focus on actuarial and data analytics opportunities. This symposium is open to all students, regardless of university affiliation. 

Registration

  • Student registration is $25 and includes: networking and educational sessions, Career Fair and inclusion in the symposium resume booklet. 
  • Faculty/Educator Registration - No charge
  • Career Fair Registration (no charge) and includes: Career Fair booth for up to four attendees, copy of symposium resume booklet and lunch prior to the Career Fair. 

Download a symposium flyer


Extreme Risk Takers - Tempe

October 16-17, 2020
Arizona State University Campus | Tempe, AZ
 

Hosted by Arizona State University’s School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, this symposium offers educational sessions and networking opportunities with peers and industry professionals and has an actuarial science focus. The symposium typically attracts 100 students from ten or more universities and is expected to grow in 2020. 

Registration

  • Registration will open in August 2020. 
  • Student registration is $25 and includes: networking and educational sessions, Friday night hotel, Career Fair, meals (Friday evening refreshments, Saturday breakfast and lunch) and inclusion in the symposium resume booklet.
  • Faculty/Educator Registration - No charge
  • Career Fair Registration is $300 and includes: Career Fair booth for up to four attendees and copy of symposium resume booklet. 

Download the 2019 symposium flyer


Extreme Risk Takers - Atlanta

November 12-13, 2020
Atlanta, GA

Hosted by Troy University’s Sorrell College of Business, symposium presenters work in the wholesale, specialty and surplus lines industry and share their passion and expertise with participants. The event generally attracts 175-200 students from more than 20 universities as well as 15-20 firms that participate in the career fair and networking reception.

Registration

  • Registration will open in August 2020. 
  • Student registration is $25 and includes: networking and educational sessions, Thursday night hotel, Career Fair, meals and inclusion in the symposium resume booklet.
  • Faculty/Educator Registration - No charge
  • Career Fair Registration is $300 and includes: Career Fair booth for up to four attendees, copy of symposium resume booklet and the student resume booklet. 
Download the  2019 Surplus Lines Symposium flyer


Extreme Risk Takers - Los Angeles

February 2021
USC Hotel | Los Angeles, CA

This one-day symposium is hosted by the Risk Management Program within the Leventhal School of Accounting at the University of Southern California. The symposium is designed for risk management students as well as others who may be interested in an insurance career and is open to all students, regardless of university affiliation. 

Registration

  • Registration will open in January 2021. 
  • Student registration is $25 and includes: networking and educational sessions, Career Fair, lunch and inclusion in the symposium resume booklet. Faculty registration is available at no charge.
  • Faculty/Educator Registration - No charge
  • Career Fair Registration (no charge) and includes: Career Fair booth for up to four attendees, copy of symposium resume booklet and lunch prior to the Career Fair. 

Download a 2020 symposium flyer