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Susan K. Neely

President & Chief Executive Officer, American Council of Life Insurers

State of the Industry

Susan K. Neely is President and CEO of the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI), whose mission is to help families live better lives by achieving financial security and certainty. ACLI’s member companies represent 95 percent of industry assets and provide financial security products and services to 90 million families.  In her role, Neely has forged groundbreaking initiatives and partnerships on tax and retirement security policy, including passage of the SECURE Act in 2019, the first retirement security legislation passed in a decade. Under her leadership, ACLI launched the Economic Empowerment and Racial Equity Initiative to tackle issues like addressing systemic inequality and closing savings gaps. Life insurers are championing the adoption of enhanced protections that act in consumers’ best interest.  Neely is widely recognized as one of the most influential people in association leadership. She is a two-time trade association CEO of the year, one of Washingtonian’s “most influential people” and “100 Most Powerful Women in Washington.” A native of Iowa, Neely holds an undergraduate degree in journalism and French civilization from the University of Iowa and a master’s degree in public administration from Drake University. She is the mother of two adult children, Eve and Ben.


Greg Heidrich
Executive Director, Society of Actuaries

Welcome and SOA Leadership Insights

Greg Heidrich has served as Chief Executive Officer of the Society of Actuaries (SOA) since 2007. He serves as chief executive for the organization and provides management oversight and direction to the full range of the Society’s activities.  Before joining the SOA, he served as Senior Vice President, Policy Development and Research, for the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI). At PCI, he worked with member insurers to develop public policy positions and research on issues facing the U.S. property/casualty insurance industry. He began his career in 1983 with the Alliance of American Insurers, serving as staff economist and director of research before serving in a variety of management roles. From 2011- 2017, Greg served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Portico Benefit Services, a non-profit organization providing employee benefits for employees nationwide of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). During his term on the Portico Board, he served as Chair of the Investment and Executive Committees and as Board Chair from October 2015 – 2017.  Greg currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Association Forum of Chicagoland as Secretary-Treasurer and is a member of the Key Professional Associations and Key Global Associations Committees of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).  Greg earned his MA-Economics from the University of Chicago in 1983 and his BA- Economics (Highest Honors) from the University of Oklahoma in 1981.

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Mariana Gomez-Vock
Vice President & Deputy, Policy Development, American Council of Life Insurers

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Mariana Gomez-Vock is Vice President & Deputy, Policy Development at the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) since 2013.  She staffed the ACLI’s Risk Classification Committee for 6 years, and in that time served as staff lead for a number of projects related to genetic testing and the use of external data in underwriting. Mariana current staffs the ACLI Reinsurance Committee and is lead staffer for issues relating to domestic and international group capital standards. Mariana graduated from the University of California (BA) and American University (JD). Mariana lives with her husband and two children in Washington.


Dale Hall
Managing Director of Research, Society of Actuaries

Welcome and SOA Leadership Insights

R. Dale Hall, FSA, CERA, MAAA, CFA is Managing Director of Research for the Society of Actuaries in Schaumburg, Illinois.  In his role, Dale coordinates the SOA's strategic research partnerships, oversees SOA practice research and experience studies, and directs the SOA's data-driven research initiatives.  He is a frequent speaker at insurance and retirement industry meetings, including presentations to the actuarial task forces of the NAIC and highlighting the breadth of SOA research to international audiences.  Dale has appeared on behalf of the SOA in a variety of media outlets including coverage on C-SPAN and National Geographic's BREAKTHROUGH television series, and hosts the weekly Society of Actuaries Research Insights Podcast.  Prior to joining the SOA, Dale spent over 20 years in the US insurance industry, and was an active volunteer for the SOA, AAA and ACLI actuarial committees.

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