Jennie McGinnis, (MS 2006) FSA, CERA, MAAA, and chief actuary at Farmers New World Life is a DIFFERENCE MAKER

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - 12:00am

Difference Maker

Q&A with Jennie McGinnis, FSA, CERA, MAAA, and chief actuary at Farmers New World Life was a graduate of our program and received her MS in Actuarial Science in 2006.  

During her college years, Jennie McGinnis, FSA, CERA, MAAA, was fortunate to have mentors who helped broaden her understanding of the feminist movement and sexism. Discussions about women being held back in the workplace, women not being given the same opportunities as men and men not doing enough to support their working spouse with household matters didn’t resonate strongly with her upbringing—which she recognized as a blessing and privilege.

Jennie’s family was different. Her mom, a successful and well-respected engineer, had always worked. In fact, her dad was the one who stayed home after her younger brothers were born and took on the lion’s share of household responsibilities. Outside of the home, both of her parents were heavily involved in their community—at church, coaching sports and volunteering with their children’s various extracurricular activities.

Today, Jennie is the chief actuary at Farmers New World Life, and like her mother, she is also an influencer in her chosen field. Like her dad, Jennie’s husband, Mitch, also decided to leave his job and become a full-time stay-at-home dad after their first son was born in 2008. Another way Jennie and Mitch are like her parents: They both are big on giving back to their community.

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