The Actuarial Development Institute
The Actuarial Development Institute (ADI) was founded with the mission to elevate the actuarial profession by providing best-in-class and cost-effective training and development opportunities for aspiring actuaries. Our goal is to enhance the skillset of actuaries and expose young professionals to novel ways to apply actuarial mathematics in various industries. We also strive to secure the future of the profession by fostering growth and diversity within the field.
Founder and CEO Charles Johnson recognized a concerning trend in the actuarial industry. Despite a growing demand for actuaries, the number of students pursuing Actuarial Science was decreasing, and the recruitment strategy for most companies was not changing. Charles, who has a decade of experience recruiting and training interns and entry-level actuarial candidates, realized that the traditional recruitment process was not working. Companies were recruiting from their target universities while their actuarial student population was decreasing, resulting in high rejection rates and open positions lasting longer.
With this insight, Charles set out to find a solution to the broken system. He began traveling to non-traditional actuarial schools, gathering feedback from students, and developing programs to support their growth and success. Through a joint college recruitment fair, leadership training program, club development program, and internships, Charles provided students with non-traditional development opportunities. With the support of the Actuarial Management Corporation and Institute of Applied Actuarial Science, ADI was established to continue this mission and make a positive impact on the actuarial profession.
Founder & CEO
Chief Operations Officer
Owen A Podziemski
Chief of Staff
Charles Johnson is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, Chartered Enterprise Risk Analyst, Member of the Academy of Actuaries, and former Life Actuary at Pacific Life Insurance, State Farm and Northwestern Mutual. He was President of the Actuarial Science Major at Illinois State as a student and has 10 years of corporate actuarial recruitment experience.
Kacie O'Hearn is the President of the Actuarial Club at University of Wisconsin LaCrosse. She went through the Actuarial Development Institute's Leadership and Club development Program. She acquired a non-traditional actuarial internship for a Real Estate Firm, passed an exam her Freshman year, secured a traditional Actuarial Internship as a Sophomore, and is working on a Research Paper with a Professor. She serves as a Liaison for aspiring students and assists in club development for newly onboarded schools.
Owen Podziemski is the VP of Communication and Alumni Affairs for MSOE's Math and Actuarial Science Club. He went through the Actuarial Development Institute's Leadership and Club development Program. While studying for his first two exams he gained non-traditional experience in an internship with a real estate firm and acting as supervisor to his school's startup cafe to revitalize it from its challenging beginning. He joins the Actuarial Development Institute in his junior year as he prepares for his traditional internship.
Jonathan Wallentine is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, Chartered Enterprise Risk Analyst, Member of the Academy of Actuaries, for well over a decade.
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