2019 SOA Annual Meeting & Exhibit Recap
November 11, 2019
The Actuarial Foundation recently exhibited at the 2019 Society of Actuaries Annual Meeting & Exhibit in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The event was a success for the Foundation, where highlights included thanking the SOA and its members for generously donating more than $125,000 to its Math Motivators tutoring program and a celebratory luncheon in honor of the Foundation’s 25th anniversary.
As of this fall, the Foundation’s free Math Motivators tutoring program is now up and running in 14 cities across the country. The latest program locations include Boston, MA; Springfield, MA; Milwaukee, WI; Des Moines, IA; Philadelphia, PA; Washington, DC; and Shelton, WA.
The mission of the Math Motivators program is to help close the achievement gap with a volunteer-driven math tutoring program that pairs underserved middle school and high school students with professionals and college students majoring in actuarial science, mathematics, math education, or other majors with strong math backgrounds. Stay up-to-date on the latest Math Motivators news by following its Facebook page.
At the 25th anniversary celebratory luncheon, more than 250 attendees were inspired by Dr. Talithia Williams, who presented insights about cultivating a STEM mindset. By sharing examples of how she encourages her own children to look at everyday occurrences through a STEM lens, Dr. Williams demonstrated how truly powerful math can be. She also engaged in a Q&A with attendees, sharing thoughts about some of the challenges in STEM education.
The biggest highlight of the luncheon, however, was when the Foundation unveiled its Educate. Connect. Change. fundraising campaign. This $5 million campaign capitalizes on the Foundation’s recent successes and engages more actuaries. The funds raised will be applied toward solving the persistent problems surrounding math education and financial literacy, and help give more students the opportunity to become fully integrated and contributing members of society.
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