The UNT chapter of Gamma Iota Sigma (GIS) was recognized with a variety of awards at the 47th Annual International Conference of GIS in Dallas September 30, 2017, including the “Professional, Prepared and Primed” Award, based on photos submitted during the conference. (The award-winning photo is attached at the bottom.)
Fourteen members of the Beta Zeta Chapter of GIS at UNT attended the three day event which attracted students and professionals in the risk management and insurance industry from around the country and beyond.
In addition to the “Professional, Prepared and Primed” award, the UNT Beta Zeta Chapter was recognized as “outstanding” in all five available categories: Alumni Relations, Chapter Management, Community Service, Membership Development, and Public Relations. The UNT chapter was also formally recognized as “Well Rounded” by conference organizers, a designation reserved for high performing chapters.
Of the 14 UNT students who attended the conference, four students received interviews from industry attendees. UNT student Maranda Johnson received seven interview offers and was invited to participate in two workshops as part of panel discussions.
In addition to Maranda Johnson, UNT students attending the event included Brandon Robinson, Susan Everett, Patrick Goodwin, Ryan Hall, Sarah How, David Harrod, Keith Hill, Paul Janis, Kelcie Kaker, Erika Miller, Jason Ramey, Kirah Stevens, and Maria Villa.
“I could not be more proud of our students and their accomplishments,” said Dale Sharpe-Jenkins, lecturer in risk management and insurance and the sponsor for the local UNT GIS chapter. “They distinguished themselves as leaders among leaders.”
The annual conference is widely regarded as the premier event for the insurance industry where professionals have the opportunity to engage the “next generation.” Students have the opportunity to meet and mingle with industry professionals while developing their acumen and learning about the industry. In addition to being the largest career fair of its kind, the conference includes a number of workshops and sessions focused on, among other topics, leadership development, industry education, diversity and inclusivity, along with dynamic keynote speakers.