MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

Each month, we will feature a member of the Academy and share a glimpse into their professional and personal lives.

TRICIA MATSON

Specialty: Life

WHY DID YOU BECOME AN ACTUARY?

I decided to become an actuary late in college, based on my interest in math. It seemed like an interesting, challenging career choice; I’m so glad I made that decision.

DESCRIBE A CHALLENGE YOU HAVE OVERCOME.

Early in my career, I faced a particularly thorny professionalism challenge. I felt that someone I worked with—someone who was a supervisor—was acting unethically. I first spoke with the supervisor and when that did not go well, I reached out to both an internal ethics group as well as the Actuarial Board for Counseling and Discipline (ABCD) for advice. It’s a good reminder—the ABCD is there to help. 

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY THE MOST ABOUT BEING AN ACTUARY?

I enjoy many aspects of actuarial work, but one I particularly love is helping others solve complex problems in a quantitative way. There’s just something about unpacking convoluted questions as a group—I find it immensely satisfying.

SHARE SOMETHING ABOUT YOURSELF.

I don’t spend all of my time in the office, of course. I spend a lot of time with my family; I also enjoy CrossFit and running.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU SHARE WITH YOUNG ACTUARIES?

When younger actuaries ask me for advice, I always tell them the same thing: Study hard early and get those exams out of the way. They open a lot of doors!

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Meet: Alan Putney

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Meet: John Purple
Meet: John Purple

"...it didn’t take long for me to realize some of the benefits of volunteering, including learning and interacting with other actuaries."

Meet: Rhonda Ahrens
Meet: Rhonda Ahrens

"In 25 years, I can honestly say my job has never been boring. It has been complicated, intimidating, even frustrating, but I continue to learn and to find satisfaction in the topics that I continue to learn about."

Meet: Alan Putney
Meet: Alan Putney

"Get your credentials, learn to work with others, jump into new things, and challenge yourself. You will never grow without doing these things."

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