International Association of Black Actuaries

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International Association of Black Actuaries
Formation October 25, 1992 (October 25, 1992)
Type Professional association
Headquarters Windsor, CT
President and Director
John Robinson, FSA, MAAA
Foundation President
Nana Prempeh, FSA, MAAA
Website BlackActuaries.ORG

The International Association of Black Actuaries (IABA) is a tax-exempt, nonprofit professional organization that represents black actuarial professionals and students around the world. Its members include Fellows, Associates and students of the Society of Actuaries, the Casualty Actuarial Society, the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, and Enrolled Actuaries originating from the United States, Canada, Caribbean and African nations.


IABA's mission is to contribute to an increase in the number of black actuaries and to influence the successful career development, civic growth and achievement of black actuaries.

Organizational structure[edit]


ABA History - Firsts

October 25, 1992: Sixty-five men and women from the United States, the Caribbean and Canada attend the inaugural meeting of the National Association of Black Actuaries (NABA) in Washington, DC. An Organizing Committee, under the leadership of Garth Bernard FSA, continues to build a framework.

October 16, 1994: The second Annual Meeting of NABA takes place in Chicago, IL. The name is changed to the International Association of Black Actuaries (IABA). By-laws and committees are proposed. Garth Bernard FSA becomes its first elected president.

October 14, 1995: Boston, MA hosts the Annual Meeting for the first time.

September 22, 1996: The Annual Meeting is moved to the campus of Howard University in Washington, DC, which becomes IABA’s “home” for four years. Christopher Allen of Morehouse College receives the first IABA scholarship. Four committees (Communications, Membership, Mentoring, and Finance) are approved and chairs named.

September 9–10, 2000: Atlanta, GA becomes the first host city in the current 6-city rotation for the Annual Meeting. At this meeting, professional development is added in the form of three workshops and a rap session. April 4, 2001: IABA is granted 501(c)(6) status.

August, 2003: The first seven City Affiliates (Atlanta, Chicago, New York / New Jersey, Boston, Delaware Valley, Washington DC and Hartford) are formed. August 18, 2004: The IABA Foundation is formed and is granted 501(c)(3) status. December 3, 2004: The Corporate Advisory Council is formed with twelve organizations (Hewitt, Hartford, Aetna, Howard University, Towers Perrin, National African American Insurance Association (NAAIA), Mercer, DW Simpson, North Carolina Mutual Life Ins. Co., Aon, CNA and Allstate Insurance ) at the offices of CNA Insurance in Chicago. It meets four times per year, with one meeting immediately preceding the Annual Meeting.

August 5, 2005: The Annual Meeting introduces an agenda with 12 professional development sessions. The two-day meeting starts on a Friday just after lunch. February 23, 2007: IABA holds its first Legends Reception, to honor black actuaries who have been trailblazers. The first honoree is Robert J. Randall, FSA 1952.

June, 2007: IABA hires its first Executive Director.

Past Presidents

Garth Bernard FSA October, 1994 - September, 1996

Linda Shepherd FCAS October 1996 - August, 1998

Jeffrey Johnson FSA September, 1998 - August 2000

Sharon Robinson FCAS September, 2000 - August, 2002

Stafford L. Thompson, Jr. FSA September, 2002 - August, 2006

Jeffrey Johnson FSA September 2006 - December, 2009

John Robinson FSA January, 2010–present

Challenges Faced By Black People in Attaining Actuarial Credentials

Programs and Initiatives[edit]



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