Foundation Events

The Wholesale and Specialty Insurance Symposium: Risky Business

October 11-12, 2019
Phoenix, AZ


Hosted by Arizona State University, The Wholesale & Specialty Insurance Symposium was a new event in 2018. The symposium is an educational program sponsored by the WSIA Education Foundation on the surplus lines insurance market and offers sessions and networking opportunities with peers and industry professionals including a session on Actuaries in Action.  Topics and panel discussions will include:

  • Introduction to the Surplus Lines Industry 
 
  • The Wise - Roundtable Forum with Insurance Professionals
  • E&S Amazing Race
 
  • Actuaries in Action
  • Young Professionals Panel
 
  • Career Fair
  • Networking Reception with industry professionals
 
  • Scholarship and internship information

Registration

  • Registration will open in August. 
  • Student registration is $25 and includes a networking reception, Friday night hotel, Saturday breakfast and lunch, and inclusion in the symposium resume booklet. 

Important Links

  • Click here to download a 2019 Symposium schedule and informational flyer.

The Surplus Lines Symposium

November 14-15, 2019
Atlanta, GA

The Surplus Lines Symposium is hosted by Troy University‚Äôs Sorrell College of Business each fall and students from several universities attend the event. In 2018 there were 174 registered student attendees from 23 universities, with 16 industry firms participating in the career fair.  The annual symposium features a career fair, reception and educational sessions with various presenters from the wholesale, specialty and surplus lines industry, and receives sponsorship from the WSIA Education Foundation. 

Registration

  • Registration will open in September 2019. If you are interested in attending, contact Christine Timmerman, chris@wsia.org
  • Student registration is $25 and includes meals, Thursday night hotel and inclusion in the symposium resume booklet.
  • Faculty registration is available at no charge. 
  • Career Fair registration is $500 and includes Thursday lunch, a career fair booth and the student resume booklet. 

Attendees hear from surplus lines industry representatives and the selection of speakers ensures that a variety of points of view are presented for a thorough discuss of the excess & surplus lines insurance industry. The symposium features a career fair and networking opportunities to allow students to begin building relationships to aid their transition to the professional world. Topics and discussions include:

  • Introduction to Underwriting (for upper level students)
 
  • Emerging Issues
  • Student to Professional: Networking to a career in Specialty Insurance
 
  • A Day in the Life of an Underwriter
  • A Day in the Life of a Broker
 
  • Young Guns Panel

Download a 2018 symposium flyer here. 

Rogan Cup Golf Event

March 2020
Palm Desert, CA


The 2019 Rogan Cup Golf Event, which raised funds to support education initiatives including scholarships,  was held February 27, 2019 at Topgolf in Arlington, VA. Stay tuned for information about the 2020 event, which will be held in conjunction with the 2020 WSIA Underwriting Summit. 

The Extreme Risk Takers Symposium

March 27-28, 2020
Chicago, IL

The Alpha Kappa Chapter at the Katie School of Insurance at Illinois State University hosts an annual Extreme Risk Takers Symposium. The symposium is an educational program sponsored by the WSIA Education Foundation on the surplus lines insurance market and offers a Career Fair, sessions and networking opportunities with peers and industry professionals. Topics and panel discussions from past symposiums include:

  • Emerging Trends in E&S - Cyber Security and Artificial Intelligence
 
  • Young Professionals Panel
  • Underwriting in the Surplus Lines Market
 
  • Intermediaries in the Surplus Lines Market
  • Lloyd's & The Global Marketplace
 
  • A Case Study in E&S Risk Management

Registration
  • Registration will open in January 2020. 
  • Student registration is $25 and includes: networking and educational sessions; career fair, Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner; inclusion in the symposium resume booklet, discounted hotel room rate. Faculty registration is available at no charge.
  • Optional Introduction to Underwriting Pre-Symposium Session - $10
  • 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; lunch prior to the Career Fair. 

Important Links

  • Click here to download a 2019 Symposium schedule and informational flyer.