The University of Louisiana Monroe (ULM) will hold its 2017 Risk and Insurance Talent Search on March 22nd and 23rd on its campus. The event, which aims to help carriers, agencies, brokers, and risk management professionals identify new talent from ULM’s Risk Management and Insurance program, is endorsed by the Professional Insurance Agents, (PIA) Louisiana Surplus Lines Association, (LSLA) and the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of Louisiana (IIABL).
Christine Berry, Associate Professor of Risk Management and Insurance (and Director of the Small Business Risk Management Institute at ULM’s College of Business and Social Sciences) started the program and has seen it grow over the years as an important supplement to ULM’s placement of students in various internships with companies in the insurance industry.
“I’ve been at ULM since 2001 and started the talent search here,” Berry explained. “In 2015, we began doing roundtables with students and companies and those have been really successful. In the past, our workers’ comp round tables have included people from LWCC, who will also be participating this year, plus an HR person from Amerisafe and an executive from LUBA who have come in the past.”
The roundtables and general participants cover all areas of risk and insurance, but Berry says that in past years brokerage has been a major focus. “I would really like to see more carriers and companies check us out,” she said. “I frequently get calls from companies asking me to send along resumes, which is difficult because each student has different strengths and qualities. Coming to our campus for this is great method to get the talent you want and need for your program.”
Since 2003, ULM has graduated 124 students in its Risk Management and Insurance program, and it currently has 135 students enrolled. Noting that its ranks “have exploded over the past couple of years” Berry says that the talent search is a win-win for an aging industry and young people looking for meaningful employment after graduation.
“The most effective way for companies to grow organically is to come meet the students on campus, because they are interested,” Berry said. “And when we send our graduates or interns out into the industry, I get calls from companies telling me how impressed they are with the preparation and targeted education our students have received and how they have developed.”
Download the registration form, agenda and sponsorships here: 2017 ULM Risk and Insurance Talent Search agenda and sponsorship form
For more information about ULM’s Risk Management and Insurance program visit the website.
Image Credit: Dr. Christine Berry via ULM