Is there a skill gap in the actuarial field?


Sherry Chan (Chief Actuary for the City of New York)

Sherry Chan talks about the kinds of skills that can be missing with applicants in the actuarial field. She discusses the need for actuaries to have strong communication and presentation skills, in addition to mathematical, technological and analytical knowledge. Chan points to her work as an Advisory Board Member at Ohio State University as a way to improve the curriculum for potential actuaries.


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Sherry Chan

Chief Actuary for the City of New York

Chosen unanimously by New York City elected officials and union presidents in the Spring of 2015, Sherry Chan, FSA, EA, MAAA, FCA, is the 5th Chief Actuary in the 100+ year history of New York City and one of the highest ranked Asian-American officials in the City’s Administration. In her role, Ms. Chan provides technical expertise to the City’s five retirement systems and pension funds. Ms. Chan was selected as a 2019 Crain’s NY 40 Under 40, a 2018 Geoffrey Heywood Young Consulting Actuary Award recipient from the International Association of Consulting Actuaries, and a 2017 City & State 40 under 40 Rising Star of New York City.

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