Kurt Wrobel

Kurt Wrobel

Chief Financial Officer & Chief Actuary


Geisinger Health Plan

Danville, PA USA


Be very objective. Being consistent with that gives you the reputation of being a true truth seeker. Always question yourself.

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Grew up in Los Angeles, California.
Always had an interest in math and statistics and how they can be applied to the real world.
Earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics—due to his interest in math, he decided to become an actuary.
Says that going through the actuarial exam process, he failed about 25 percent of the time and had to keep going back to retake the tests.
Spent time working as a consultant for Milliman, among the world's largest providers of actuarial and related products and services.
While at Milliman, he decided he wanted to broaden his background as an actuary, so he attended the University of Pennsylvania where he received his MBA in healthcare management.
Became an actuary in the healthcare industry so he could find somewhere he could apply statistics, differentiate himself in a field that was changing, and make a difference.
He is also the author of several articles on healthcare reform, risk management, and payment reform.
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Economics, General
University of California-Los Angeles
graduate
Graduate
Economics, General
University of Wisconsin-Madison
graduate
Graduate
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
University of Pennsylvania
Career

Career

Chief Financial Officer & Chief Actuary

I ensure our company has the financial means to provide quality health care to our members.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Numbers
Numbers
Business
Business
Accomplishing Goals
Accomplishing Goals

Day to Day

My typical day consists of meaningful discussions with a great team where we are trying to improve the well being of our members.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Take actuarial exams early. Strong communication skills are essential. Have the ability to get at the big picture problem. Make the complex simple.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Pick a specialty that you are really interested in and go for it. Target industries that are growing and changing because they are more likely than mature companies to give young people valuable and exciting opportunities.

Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"I don't think I can pass these tests."

When I was going through the actuarial exam process, I failed a few of the tests and had to take them again. I think in life and in your career, you have to think long term. I focused on that long-term goal and that kept me in place and motivated to continue pushing through the exam process.