LaunchPad: Helping others discover actuarial science

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Today marks a milestone for the Coaching Actuaries team! We’re rolling out LaunchPad, a new resource designed to introduce high school and early college students to the opportunities of actuarial science.

For our team, building LaunchPad has been a 2-year effort and a labor of love. Through LaunchPad, we want to connect with students early in their career explorations and help them discover all that actuarial science has to offer.

Visit LaunchPad now or read on to learn more about it!

What is LaunchPad?

LaunchPad features engaging video interviews that answer important questions about actuarial science, including why it's a great career choice and how to become an actuary. We interviewed successful and diverse actuaries to gain their insights, including:

  • Kemi Akinyemi, FSA, EA, FCA, MAAA, Senior Managing Actuary at CNO Financial Group
  • Adelaida Campos Valle, FSA, Director, Retirement at Willis Towers Watson (WTW) and Cofounder of Organization Latino Actuaries (OLA)
  • Brooke Fultz, FSA, MAAA, Assistant Vice President and Actuary at Principal Financial Group
  • Don Lyons, FSA, Chief Financial Officer at Sammons Financial Group
  • Ken McCullum, FSA, MAAA, Chief Risk Officer and Executive Vice President at Principal Financial Group
  • Susan Osweiler, FSA, MAAA, M.S., Chief Risk Officer, Sammons Financial Group

On LaunchPad, these accomplished actuaries share their experiences to help inspire future actuaries.

The website also features short-form articles with additional info, quick-take videos on relevant topics ("Why are soft skills important?"), and links to further resources, including the Casualty Actuarial Society and the Society of Actuaries.

What makes LaunchPad special?

More than just another website, we wanted to create a learning experience that's as compelling as actuarial science. To accomplish this, we created a user interface that keeps people engaged from start to finish.

We also thought it would be important for LaunchPad users to hear directly from experienced actuaries, to go beyond statistics about the profession and hear very human insights from people who have succeeded in this field.

Just like on your favorite social media platform, these videos are snappy and designed to hold your attention.

All in all, LaunchPad shows how fully Coaching Actuaries is invested in growing the actuarial science community, inspiring future actuaries, and ensuring this high-paying, in-demand profession continues to thrive.

Help us inspire the next generation of actuaries.

Here's how you can be a part of this exciting new resource:

  1. Explore and Share: Visit and explore LaunchPad. Share your thoughts, experiences, and the resource itself on your social media pages, letting others know why actuarial science is a great career choice.
  2. Inspire Others: Consider sharing a post or video talking about what drew you to actuarial science and the impact it has had on your life, including the hashtags #AspiringActuary and #CALaunchPad.
  3. Encourage Potential Actuaries: If you know high school or college students who are passionate about math, encourage them to check out LaunchPad. Share the link, and let them discover the exciting possibilities that await them in actuarial science.

Visit LaunchPad now and please let us know what you think!

Have questions about LaunchPad or want to share your thoughts with us directly? Reach out to launchpad@coachingactuaries.com. We would love to hear from you.

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