Shelby Weatherman '18 RMI
Senior Associate, Underwriting Risk Management at SCOR (Charlotte, NC)
Up until early in her sophomore year at Appalachian State University, Shelby Weatherman was unsure of her career path. However, as she began exploring the Brantley Risk and Insurance Center in 2015, 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.
Since graduating, Weatherman 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."
Previously edited by Linda Coutant, current version by Lacy Schmidt