Risk Management and Insurance Major Earns National Honor

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Earlier this year, the Risk and Insurance Management Society Inc. (RIMS) began a national search for the 2014 Anita Benedetti Scholars: 30 students whose academic performance, involvement in risk management and insurance activities and overall skill stands out from the rest.

It turns out that Lindsey Warren, West Paducah, a Heath High School graduate and senior double majoring in Finance and Risk Management and Insurance at Eastern Kentucky University, is one of that select group.

Benedetti Scholars are given complimentary RIMS conference registration, round-trip transportation to Denver, hotel and meal accommodations and a $250 cash stipend. The nominating professor or department head are also given complimentary conference registration and meals.

“The insurance industry is all about who you know, so it is important to constantly network with other executives in the industry,” Warren said. “This award is giving me the optimal networking experience: I will be attending the largest annual insurance conference with companies and executives from all over the world. As a student attending this event, it will introduce me to people who could be very important as I start my career or even throughout my career in insurance. There is a good chance that my future employer will be at this conference.”

To be eligible for the award, students had to be nominated by a professor or department chair and submit a typed application form, current transcript, resume and a four-part personal essay with a five page limit. Students’ scores were then calculated on a point system, with focus on the essay (75 percent of the total score).

“The education and experiences I was able to be a part of due to my program is what I believe made me stand out against other applicants,” Warren said. “The Risk Management and Insurance program at EKU has presented me with endless opportunities that allowed me to qualify for this award. They have provided me with the necessary education and helped me find an internship with one of the leading insurance markets in the world, Lloyd’s of London. Within the program is a fraternity for RMI majors (Gamma Iota Sigma), which concentrates on bringing students and executives together to network. These events have given me the type of RMI-related experiences that were attractive to the Anita Benedetti Student Involvement Board.”

Warren is president of the EKU chapter of Gamma Iota Sigma.

Warren has worked closely with Risk Management and Insurance Director Burke Christensen and Assistant Professor Siwei Gao. “If it were not for the two of them, I do not see how this achievement would have been possible,” Warren said. “I would like to personally thank the both of them and give the proper recognition they deserve. They are constantly working to better the program and creating opportunities for the students. It is impressive the amount of new scholarships and internships they have established for the RMI students just this past year. What I admire the most about these two is that they genuinely care about their students and offer unlimited help and support. It is a great program to be a part of, and we have them to thank for it.”

The RIMS Student Involvement Program was initiated as a pilot program at the 1978 Annual Conference in New Orleans. In 1997, the name was changed to the Anita Benedetti Student Involvement Program to honor the former deputy executive director of RIMS and president of the Spencer Educational Foundation Inc.

Published on February 24, 2014