Currently I am Deputy Director of Government Relations for State Auto Insurance Companies. My job is to work with elected officials at the state and federal level on all issues related to the insurance industry and State Auto in particular. I also work with state and federal insurance trade associations as well as the State Insurance Departments since they are the regulatory body of this industry.
A full breakfast with a wide selection of caffeinated beverages (this is important) is available during breakfast beginning at 7 a.m. I usually race in 10 minutes before class, grab a quick bite to eat and take my seat immediately before class begins. My class is used to this by now.
Team Spirit and Classmate Collegiality
During orientation, you are assigned to a permanent team for the remainder of the program. The program staff does a great job of matching up the teams and each team is uniquely formed to balance each other out. My team is terrific. We have a weekly conference call and may add calls depending on if an assignment is due soon.
Friday’s Race to the Finish
Friday is a repeat of Thursday but with an exciting twist. After a second eight hour day of intense lecture and discussions/debates, a Friday social event is planned and is available to anyone who wants to attend. Including me, our class has three cruise directors, who collaborate on ideas for fun activities that we think everyone will enjoy.
Each classmate has exceptional talents and experiences that differ from yours and this is one of my favorite aspects of the program. To be able to learn from other executives’ experiences, successes and failures provides an insight that cannot be learned from reading books or going to lectures. The stimulating class sessions invite intense discussions where many viewpoints are touched and different interpretations are encouraged. The professors are world-renowned and bring a passion to the classroom. The knowledge each student takes from the Fisher EMBA program is phenomenal.