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Working with the numbers: Using math, local actuaries help companies' bottom line by analyzing risk to reduce expenses

September 11, 2006
Expanding opportunities Women make up an increasing number of the 18,000 actuaries who work in the field nationwide, but that wasn't always the case. Kirk recalls a distinct imbalance of men and women in the actuarial field in the late 1970s. "When I first started, I was quite often the only female in professional meetings," she said. During annual actuary conferences, "the women would kind of clump together because there were so few of us," but that has changed. At...
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Knowledge is Power: Women need to be active participants in planning for a secure financial future

July 10, 2006
Women need to be active participants in planning for a secure financial future When Elaine E. Bedel started her practice as a certified financial planner nearly 30 years ago, she and her colleagues spent most of their time educating clients on the basics of developing an overall strategy for their financial future. Up until then, the typical retirement revolved around employer pensions and maybe a few outside investments. And most clients were men. It was typical for the husband to handle...
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