One of PLUS’ organizational goals is to identify and attract the next generation to insurance and professional liability. To that end, PLUS is a strong supporter of Gamma Iota Sigma and has been a sponsor of its annual conference for the past four years. The release below was sent our way from PLUS member Debra Richardson, highlighting the 2014 GIS Conference and the University of North Texas’ involvement.

Gamma Iota Sigma presented the 43rd Annual International Conference, “Industry Legends: Past, Present, and Future,” October 2-4, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. Co-hosted by Beta Zeta Chapter of the University of North Texas, it was the most successful conference yet, bringing together 460 students and advisors from 46 colleges and universities throughout North America, and over 200 industry representatives. This year witnessed a 20% increase in the number of schools participating, and Gamma Iota Sigma was pleased to welcome several that are in various stages of the application process to become new chapters or in the process of reactivating.

UNT GIS Conf group 2014

Gamma Iota Sigma is a registered 501(c)(3) educational organization and is the only international business fraternity for students of insurance, risk management and actuarial science. GIS pursues a mission to promote and encourage student interest in the industry as a profession while encouraging the high moral and scholastic attainments of its members. Since its incorporation in 1965, GIS has chartered 60 chapters across North America and boasts an annual membership of more than 2,400 students and an alumni population of over 20,000. The Beta Zeta Chapter of the University of North Texas, the largest chapter in Texas, was chartered in 2011, and is directed by faculty advisor Debra Richardson, CPCU, CIC, CRM, AINS.

Gamma Iota Sigma’s Annual International Conference is the premier event for the industry to engage the next generation of industry professionals.  At same time, it is the most comprehensive event for student attendees to develop professionally and expand on their industry acumen. Sponsorship of the conference is Gamma Iota Sigma’s primary source of funding to support programming delivered throughout academic year. The 2015 conference will be held in Chicago, IL during the 50th anniversary celebration of Gamma Iota Sigma, and the alumni as a group will act as co-hosts.

For more information on how your organization may be more involved with UNT and GIS, please contact Debra Richardson at or visit