Shelby Weatherman ’18 works as a risk analyst in Charlotte for SCOR, a top-tier global reinsurer and the largest individual life reinsurer in the U.S.
Initially, Weatherman was unsure of her career path. As she explored the Brantley Risk and Insurance Center early in her sophomore year at Appalachian State University, however, she realized she found a major — risk management and insurance (RMI) — that went beyond the classroom.
“The Brantley Center offers professional development, off-campus experiential learning, and has encouraging faculty and staff to guide students who are finding their career path,” said Weatherman, who is originally from Advance.
As an RMI major in Appalachian’s Walker College of Business, Weatherman found the academic program and its supporting center provided an abundance of travel opportunities for students.
She visited Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and cities in Ohio and Texas for industry and Gamma Iota Sigma conferences, and traveled to London and Bermuda as part of an International Insurance Markets course. In Washington, D.C., she shadowed members of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), met members of Congress and lobbied on Capitol Hill for the National Flood Insurance Program bill.
Much of her domestic travel was made possible by scholarships through the Brantley Center.
“Words cannot describe how grateful I am for the Brantley Risk and Insurance Center and the RMI program for all of the opportunities they provided me,” Weatherman said. “These opportunities shaped me into the professional I am today.”
Another pivotal experience for her, Weatherman said, was her involvement with Gamma Iota Sigma (GIS), the risk management and actuarial society.
“Serving as the executive vice president of App State’s GIS chapter was a fantastic opportunity to enhance my leadership and professional skills, build my personal and professional network, and donate my time to volunteering activities,” she said.
Since graduating, she has joined the Brantley Center’s Board of Advisors.
“Continuing my involvement with the program as the alumni representative has been an incredible opportunity so far. I am excited to continue to give back to the program that provided me with an unmatched educational experience during my time at Appalachian,” she said.
Would she recommend the RMI major to prospective students? Yes, she said.
“The program has an incredible group of faculty, staff and Board of Advisors that work hard to ensure all students have a well-rounded college experience on and off campus. Every year the program adds more and more activities to engage the students and prepare them for their careers upon graduation.”