Finding Work/Life Balance

Jackie Sabey, ASA, MAAA
Melanie Sager, ASA, MAAA
Aria Zhou, ASA, CERA, MAAA

An actuarial career is challenging enough, particularly while you are studying to pass exams.  How do you make time for the rest of your life, too?  Three millennial actuaries discuss their experiences balancing their job responsibilities, studying for exams, family and care giving responsibilities, household responsibilities, relationships and social circles, and other important aspects of their lives.

Jackie Sabey is a Senior Director at Health Care Service Corporation.  She currently works on ancillary product integration, and she previously priced Medicare Supplement and MAPD.  Prior to joining HCSC, Jackie worked for actuarial consulting/audit firms.  She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Madison.  Outside of work, Jackie enjoys time with her family and friends and cherishes time with her one year old.

Melanie Sager is a Senior Actuarial Associate at Allstate Life and Retirement, where she works on product development, and modeling PBR reserves for UL products.  She came to Allstate in 2017 after 5+ years at Munich American Reassurance Company in Atlanta, GA.  Melanie worked her way up from Actuarial Intern to Actuarial Associate at Munich Re, working in financial reporting on MCEV and ERC, pricing for individual life reinsurance quotes, and enterprise risk management.  Melanie earned her ASA in 2016.  She is taking exam ILAFVUS this spring, then needs to complete the DMAC and FAC to earn her FSA.  Melanie holds an A.B. from Bryn Mawr College in math and chemistry and an M.A from Princeton University in chemistry.  She is married and has a three-and-a-half year old daughter.

Aria Zhou is a senior in the Advisory Services practice of Ernst & Young LLP. She had been with EY for 4 and half years, focusing on modelling and financial reporting, especially tax reserve. She is an experienced modeler in AXIS and MG-ALFA. She has been working with various life and annuity products, including fixed indexed annuities, variable annuities, universal life with secondary guarantees and other traditional life products.  Aria is one module away from achieving her FSA.

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