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Advanced Degrees, Professional Certifications & Designations – Are they worth the effort?. Session Number 123. Cindy Powell, MCPMP, CSM Bespoke. Founder and President – Bespoke . 11 years with Bespoke, 28 years in Insurance (Health, Life, P&C)

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Advanced degrees professional certifications designations are they worth the effort

Advanced Degrees, Professional Certifications & Designations – Are they worth the effort?

Session Number 123


Cindy powell mcpmp csm bespoke
Cindy Powell, MCPMP, CSM – Are they worth the effort?Bespoke

  • Founder and President – Bespoke.

  • 11 years with Bespoke, 28 years in Insurance (Health, Life, P&C)

  • Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification

  • Masters Certificate in Project Management (MCPMP) - Villanova University

  • Certified Scrum Master Certification (CSM) - University of Pennsylvania


Denise woernley cpcu ais ains au are dryden mutual insurance company
Denise Woernley, CPCU, AIS, AINS, AU, Are – Are they worth the effort?Dryden Mutual Insurance Company

  • Business Analyst and Underwriting SME

  • 24 years in Insurance Industry

  • Completed Associate in Accounting Degree, currently working toward BA Risk Management

  • Completed Certified Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation

  • Began teaching AICPcu courses in 2004 and has helped 24 people pass exams.


Zachary collings cpcu are iscs
Zachary Collings, CPCU, ARe – Are they worth the effort?ISCS

  • Sales Engineer - ISCS since 2013

  • 3 Years prior Insurance experience with catastrophe risk modeling vendor, Risk Management Solutions (RMS)

  • BA, Economics Wake Forest University

  • Completed MBA as full time student at the University of Washington

  • Completed CPCU, ARe and CCRA while working for RMS and ISCS


Arthur salvadori cpa saslow lufkin buggy llp
Arthur Salvadori, CPA – Are they worth the effort?Saslow, Lufkin & Buggy, LLP

  • Audit Partner - Saslow Lufkin & Buggy, LLP (SLB)

  • 11 years with SLB and 17 years in the insurance industry

  • Primary focus is Property and Casualty Insurance

  • BS, Accounting, University of Connecticut

  • Certified Public Accountant, Licensed in 2000

  • Eligible to practice in several states


Lianne watford mcba lhw business analysts
Lianne Watford, MCBA – Are they worth the effort?LHW Business Analysts

  • Founder, President – LHW Business Analysts

  • 17 years in insurance industry

  • Associate in Science, Commercial Education - University of South Carolina

  • Completion of South Carolina Bankers School

  • Masters Certification in Business Analysis (MCBA) – Villanova University

  • Currently working on Certified Business Analyst Professional certification (CCBA) through International Institute of Business Analyst (IIBA)


Agenda
Agenda – Are they worth the effort?

  • Why achieve an Advanced Degree or Professional Certification?

  • How difficult is the process of achieving these designations?

  • How have employers helped panelist achieve and maintain these credentials?

  • What is the impact to the day to day responsibilities and to the careers of the panelist?

  • Open forum for Q&A with panelist


Why achieve an advanced degree or professional certification
Why achieve an Advanced Degree or Professional Certification?

  • PMP - “certification positively impacts project manager salaries — and helps you stand out and better market yourself to prospective employers” - PMI

  • CPCU - “92% of CPCUs believe earning their CPCU prepared them for their long-term career goals.” – theinstitutes,org

  • MBA – “one of the best tools a business person can have” – Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania

  • CPA – “ a vital part of any strong business or organization” – IBM Finance Forum

  • CBAP – “Recognition of professional competence by professional peers and management” - IIBA


How difficult is the process of achieving these designations
How difficult is the process of achieving these designations?

  • Methods for preparing for exams

  • Time and Duration Required to be Successful

  • Work / Life Balance through the process

  • Maintaining Designation


How have employers helped panelist achieve and maintain these credentials
How have employers helped panelist achieve and maintain these credentials?

  • Impact in getting the job and/or promotions

  • Financial Assistance and Incentives

  • Allocation of work hours toward preparation

  • In-house training programs and mentorships


What is the impact to day to day responsibilities and to the careers of the panelist
What is the impact to day to day responsibilities and to the careers of the panelist?

  • How useful is what you learned in helping you succeed in the day to day responsibilities of the job?

  • Has achieving your credentials impacted the way you are viewed by peers and management?

  • Would you do it again?


Open forum for q a with panelist
Open forum for Q&A with panelist careers of the panelist?


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