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Ashley Whattenbarger of Lawrenceburg, a junior at Eastern Kentucky University, was one of two EKU risk management and insurance students who attended the annual Gamma Iota Sigma Presidents’ Conference in Hartford, Conn., earlier this year.
Each year the conference serves as a kick-off to a new academic year. It is a forum for leadership development and an opportunity for attendees to network, discuss event and fundraising ideas, and receive updates from Grand Chapter.
Whattenbarger, EKU Gamma Iota Sigma chapter secretary, spent the weekend honing leadership skills and expanding professional networks.
“Gamma Iota Sigma and the risk management program at EKU have already presented many great opportunities for me future career in insurance,” said Whattenbarger. “The GIS Presidents’ Conference was a resourceful networking advantage and allowed us to meet professionals and other students in the industry.
“The conference provided us with techniques to recruit new members, fundraise, learn about scholarship and internship opportunities, and get involved in other events,” she added. “Overall, the weekend was very helpful for our future as individuals and an organization.”