Travelers Institute to Tackle Distracted Driving, Cybersecurity, Severe Weather and More in 2019

, the public policy division of The Travelers Companies,
Inc. (NYSE: TRV),
today announced its series of 2019 educational forums focused on
combating distracted driving, managing cyber risks, insuring autonomous
vehicles and preparing for severe weather events. Programs are free and
open to the public.

We saw great engagement throughout our symposia series in 2018 and look
forward to continuing to raise awareness of important social topics
across the United States and Canada,” said Joan Woodward, President of
the Travelers Institute and Executive Vice President of Public Policy at
Travelers. “By bringing together community members, entrepreneurs,
business leaders and students, we hope these events will help to
identify solutions that will generate real change for widespread
societal issues and help people and businesses stay safe.”

The first symposium of the year will be “Disrupting Distraction,” part
of the Travelers Institute® Every Second Matters℠ series.
It will be held today at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana,
beginning at 6 p.m. ET. This series brings attention to alarming
distracted-driving trends contributing to traffic fatalities and
highlights innovative approaches to help prevent distractions and
encourage safer behaviors.

Today’s event — co-hosted by the Travelers
, the Butler
University Lacy School of Business
, Independent
Insurance Agents of Indiana
, the Insurance
Institute of Indiana
, the National
Safety Council
, the Road
to Zero Coalition
and Gamma
Iota Sigma
— will feature a panel discussion moderated by Woodward
and presentations from speakers, including:

  • Bob Bringgold, National Director of Transportation, Risk Control,
  • Kathy Lane, Senior Director, Public Relations, National Safety Council.
  • Kevin Perry, Second Vice President, Underwriting, Travelers BoilerRe,
  • Bill Weber, Senior Officer, Butler University Police Department.

Constant connection is so highly valued in our society, but the urge to
stay in touch can have devastating consequences,” said Lane. “The Every
Second Matters
initiative and today’s event will take us a step
closer to reducing avoidable fatalities and injuries, and we’re proud to
be a part of the effort.”

Travelers has also developed a new video series — “Unfinished Stories” —
as part of its efforts to discourage distracted driving. The videos
honor victims of distracted driving by imagining what might have been if
the crash never occurred. The series is being shared across the
company’s social media channels and during Travelers Institute and other
events. To see the latest video and other distracted driving content, click

Additional educational forums planned for 2019 include Cyber:
Prepare, Prevent, Mitigate, Restore
℠, a series that provides
guidance for small and midsize organizations to help them prepare for
and respond to data breaches and other cyber incidents, and the annual
“Kicking Off Hurricane Preparedness Season” symposium to be held at the
start of the Atlantic hurricane season, as well as other events focused
on natural disaster preparedness, autonomous vehicles and small business

Visit the Travelers
website to see the schedule of upcoming events and learn
more about these initiatives.

About the Travelers Institute

The Travelers
, the public policy division of The Travelers Companies,
Inc., engages in discussion and analysis of public policy topics of
importance to the insurance marketplace and to the financial services
industry more broadly. The Travelers Institute draws upon the industry
expertise of Travelers’ senior management, as well as the technical
expertise of many of Travelers’ underwriters, risk managers and other
experts to provide information, analysis and solutions to public
policymakers and regulators. Travelers is a leading provider of property
casualty insurance for auto,
and business.
For more information, visit


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