Small Plates, Big Ideas with Fred Sievert '76: Practical Leadership Principles and Tips on Fast-Starting Your Career

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Date: February 5, 2020
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Tierney Alumni House | Map
5510 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48202
Category: Lunch

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Join Fred Sievert (’76 M.A. Mathematics) for a complimentary lunch and presentation: 





Fred Sievert started his career as a teacher, later entered the insurance business and retired in 2007 as president of New York Life Insurance Company, a Fortune 100 corporation.

During his reign as president, New York Life first achieved a number one market share ranking in the sale of life insurance in the United States and repeated that distinction until his retirement seven years later.

Fred has held numerous leadership positions in industry related associations and organizations. He is a past-chairman of the Life Insurance Council of New York (LICONY), The American College of Financial Services and The Actuarial Foundation.

He received the highest honor bestowed upon industry leaders by the American College (The Solomon Heubner Gold Medal Award) in 2008 and was named a “Legend of the Industry” in 2012; a joint award bestowed by the American Council of Life Insurance and The Actuarial Foundation. In December of 2013, Fred received the Lifetime Achievement award from the Million Dollar Roundtable of New York.

Following his retirement, Fred attended Yale Divinity School and was awarded a master’s degree in religion in May of 2011. He teaches and lectures at the college level on strategy and leadership and serves on the boards of five non-profit organizations and two for-profit corporations.  

He has published a number of non-fiction articles, and in 2014 finished his first book on his many personal encounters with God entitled: God Revealed: Revisit Your Past to Enrich Your Future. In 2018, he published his second book: Grace Revealed: Finding God’s Strength in Any Crisis.

Fred has been interviewed on numerous radio and TV shows since publishing the books and is currently working on a third book with a working title of: A Christian’s Guide to Fast-Starting Your Career: 17 Proven Strategies for Entering or Re-entering the Workplace. The book is expected to be published in the 2nd quarter of 2020.

In addition to remaining active throughout his career in industry activities, Fred has also regularly participated in civic and volunteer activities in his local community and church.

Fred earned a B.A. from Amherst College, an M.A. from Wayne State University and an M.A.R. from Yale Divinity School.

He and his wife, Sue, have five grown children and 3 granddaughters.


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