Career Perspectives in Mathematics Lecture, Fall 2016

Mary Hegemann

Mary Hegemann, FSA, MAAA, is a Principal and one of five owners of Wakely Consulting Group, which has 85 employees nationwide. She has over 20 years of experience as a healthcare actuary. Mary manages Wakely’s Denver and Minneapolis offices, while living in Colorado. She has extensive experience with public programs including Medicare, Medicaid, ACA reform (also known as Obamacare), and safety net programs for low-income populations. Mary has been the lead consulting actuary for Robert Wood Johnson, educating states regarding the financial implications of the ACA. She also provides budget projections for state Medicaid agencies, actuarial certifications for Medicare products to CMS, and consults clients in the development of benefits and calculation of premiums for commercial insurance products.

She was raised on a farm outside of Belvidere, Nebraska, attended Hebron High School (now Thayer Central), and graduated with degrees in Actuarial Science and Mathematics from the University of Nebraska in 1996. She has lived in Colorado since 1996 but remains an avid Cornhusker, often sporting a cornhead on Saturdays. Her greatest successes include having a happy marriage of 21 years and raising two nearly-grown children.

From Farm to Finance: Embrace Your Unique Strengths

Thursday, November 10, 2016
Lecture: 5:00 - 6:00 pm in Avery Hall 347
Lunch Discussion: 12:30 - 2:00 pm in Avery Hall 348.

Growing up on a farm in Nebraska, Mary Hegemann had no idea what she wanted to do with her life, but she knew the following: she loved math, she was good at it, and wouldn’t that be awesome if there were a job that involved doing Calculus for pay. There were also a lot of things she thought she knew but didn’t. She thought money, and particularly business, were evil. She thought she wanted five children someday. She couldn’t imagine living in a town with more than 2,000 people, let alone living outside of Nebraska. She couldn’t fathom why Nebraska couldn’t win the National Championship every year.

Life is about experiences and perspectives, and in this discussion, the presenter will share her experiences as a student at UNL, what worked and what didn’t. As a recruiter now on college campuses, she’ll share what traits, activities, and accomplishments she looks for when hiring, and discuss what has led to her greatest successes in career and life.

The Career Perspectives Lecture Series is funded by The Bares Family Fund for Excellence in Mathematics