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Travelers Institute Launches Symposia Series; Component of Travelers Consumer Education Program

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Posted on 10 Jun 13 by Annie George

Travelers Institute, the public policy division of The Travelers Companies, Inc., today launched a new symposia series to give consumers and businesses important information about how insurance works so they may prepare and protect what is most important. This event was the first of a series of community forums that Travelers Institute will hold across the country over the next several years.

The initiative is part of a broader company-wide consumer education program that leverages Travelers’ 160-year risk management expertise. Other components of this program include the Consumer Insurance Guide, content to help prepare for and prevent property damage, and a digital video series “Stay Safe” that helps consumers identify common hazards in the home and at work.

“We are very excited to host this symposia series that helps consumers gain a deeper understanding about insurance,” said Joan Woodward, President of Travelers Institute and Executive Vice President of Public Policy at Travelers. “This series will help consumers make informed decisions on how to best protect their families and assets.”

Travelers Institute launched the symposia series on Capitol Hill in the U.S. Senate Banking Committee hearing room, partnering with Creative Insurance Solutions, to help raise awareness about the importance of insurance education. The panel was moderated by Woodward and featured four veteran financial services professionals:

  • Steven Bender, Founder of Creative Insurance Solutions, and a recipient of Travelers 2013 Agent of the Year Award
  • Kathy Gorman, Vice President of Agent & Field Sales Solutions and Chief Agent Experience Officer at Travelers Personal Insurance, with over 30 years of experience in the field
  • Bill Slosberg, a Senior Loan Officer at First Savings Mortgage Corp., with 21 years of experience in mortgage banking
  • Judi Seiden, Associate Broker at Prudential PenFed Realty, with over 25 years as a leader in her field


This series follows last week’s Kicking Off Hurricane Preparedness Season event at the NYSE Euronext where Travelers Institute hosted a forum discussing lessons learned from Storm Sandy.
To learn more about Travelers Institute, visit


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