July 27, 2022
Karen S. Lynch, President and CEO of CVS Health®, discussed her experiences leading a Fortune 4 company on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic response, and how she envisions a future with better outcomes for community health.
July 20, 2022
In this installment of Wednesdays with Woodward, we went beyond the headlines for a deep dive into the latest digital technologies and eye-opening research that are powering insights into wildfire mitigation.
June 29, 2022
Are extreme jury awards – known as “nuclear verdicts” – the new normal? We heard from two experts, the Institute for Legal Reform’s Harold Kim and Travelers Claim General Counsel Alexia Cruz about what’s driving the trend and how businesses can manage risk in today’s evolving litigation landscape.
June 8, 2022
If your organization suffers a cybersecurity incident, will you know how to respond? Travelers’ Enterprise Cyber Lead Tim Francis and Arete’s Charlie Platt joined Wednesdays with Woodward to share practical tips and key considerations when putting together a cyber incident response plan.
June 1, 2022
June 1 marked the start of the Atlantic hurricane season. We welcomed leading authorities in hurricane forecasting and risk mitigation to discuss the 2022 season. We explored the latest thinking and advances in modeling, forecasting and mitigation to help insurance professionals, businesses and communities better understand and prepare for hurricane risks.
May 25, 2022
Auto insurance customers are increasingly saying ‘yes’ to telematics-based insurance programs. Industry leaders Peter Gulbrandsen of Travelers and Ryan McMahon of Cambridge Mobile Telematics joined us for an inside look at the evolution of usage-based insurance.
May 11, 2022
Back by popular demand, Travelers’ Andy Bessette and the Travelers Championship’s Nathan Grube joined Wednesdays with Woodward for a behind the scenes look at the Travelers Championship® golf tournament. New this year, Bessette and Grube provided a virtual tour of the TPC River Highlands clubhouse where they met some of the people who make Connecticut’s world-class PGA TOUR® golf event happen.
May 4, 2022
What are the best ways for families and business leaders to navigate the current phase of the pandemic? And what might the rest of 2022 bring? Former U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams made a house call to our Wednesdays with Woodward® program and shared his expertise and lessons learned from the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
April 13, 2022
Are you using LinkedIn® to its full potential? In this installment of Wednesdays with Woodward, we learned all about optimizing your LinkedIn® with strategies to develop your brand, build your network, engage your audience and grow your business in the new world of social selling.
April 6, 2022
The Personal Insurance marketplace is rapidly evolving and insurance carriers and agents that can adapt and respond most effectively will achieve success. Travelers’ Personal Insurance leaders, Bill Zielinski and Loree Toedman shared the many challenges and opportunities facing the insurance industry and independent agents.
March 30, 2022
To kick off Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April 2022, we explored the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s new framework for rating partially automated vehicles and how well they help drivers stay focused on the road.
March 16, 2022
The invasion of Ukraine has sent shockwaves around the globe. Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel shared his perspective on the implications of the conflict. We looked at how businesses can navigate the uncertain political and economic climate, including sanctions, energy supply, cybersecurity and supply chain, as well as how this crisis will impact other geopolitical issues, including U.S.-China relations.
March 2, 2022
With increasing global capacity and falling generation prices, sources like wind, solar, battery energy storage, biomass and other renewables will present significant growth opportunities in the years ahead. Duncan Frederick, Vice President of Business Development for Rosendin Renewable Energy Group, Justin Johnson, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer at Arevon and Eileen Kauffman, Vice President, Global Practice Leader for Renewable Energy at Travelers, joined us to explore the state of the market.
February 23, 2022
This installment of Wednesdays with Woodward® featured a rare interview with Kenneth R. Feinberg, the preeminent mediation expert who has overseen high profile victims’ compensation funds, including for 9/11, the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the Boston Marathon. Feinberg discussed the difficult process of deciding compensation after the tragic loss of human life.
February 16, 2022
Travelers’ Scott Higgins headlined this session to discuss the biggest trends impacting midsized businesses and shared insights that insurance agents and brokers can use to find opportunities amid a changing risk landscape.
February 2, 2022
Johnson & Johnson’s EVP and CFO Joe Wolk joined us to discuss how the company navigates evolving marketplace dynamics and other global trends while also successfully investing in a pipeline of innovation and key commercial platforms to drive growth and elevate the global standard of care.
January 26, 2022
President and CEO of the Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers Ken Crerar joined Travelers’ Pete Heard to discuss the keys to success at today’s top performing insurance agencies and firms amidst the ever-changing market landscape.
January 12, 2022
High-stakes negotiation expert Dr. Victoria Medvec shared strategies for increasing your negotiating confidence and tips from her new book, Negotiate Without Fear: Strategies and Tools to Maximize Your Outcomes.
Insuring the Rebuilding of America: What’s in the $1.2 Trillion Infrastructure Law? What Will It Mean for the U.S. Economy?
December 15, 2021
In this installment of Wednesdays with Woodward®, we learned about the details and implementation of the new infrastructure law from the American Trucking Associations’ Chris Spear and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Ed Mortimer. With thousands of construction projects being generated, what will that mean for the economy and for business? Travelers’ surety expert, Bob Raney, spoke about the opportunities ahead for businesses in rebuilding America.
December 8, 2021
In this installment of Wednesdays with Woodward®, Goldman Sachs’ Chief U.S. Economist David Mericle gave his 2022 economic forecast and took questions from the audience. Find out what it all might mean for your business.
December 1, 2021
After a record-breaking turnout for our cybersecurity webinar in October, Travelers’ Jeff Klenk returned to Wednesdays with Woodward® to get tactical on cyber preparedness. Jeff and leading cyber breach coach Jennifer Coughlin covered the top things businesses can do today to boost their cybersecurity.
November 17, 2021
CNBC Anchor at Large Sue Herera reflected on some of the most important stories of her broadcast tenure, including the dot-com bubble, the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the 2008 financial crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic. She also covered what it was like to be one of the first women on a traditionally male beat, and gave us a behind-the-scenes look at the world of financial reporting.
November 3, 2021
As the nation battles a global pandemic, the opioid crisis has remained another acute and complex public health crisis in need of innovative solutions. This installment of Wednesdays with Woodward® featured an impactful dialogue with the Milken Institute’s Sabrina Spitaletta and Travelers’ Rich Ives on the latest interventions that are providing hope for better health outcomes.
October 27, 2021
In insurance, strong underwriting results come from having a deep understanding of the variables that impact risk, both for individual customers and across a company’s portfolio of accounts. In a complex world of cyber hacks, pandemics, weather volatility and more, that is not always an easy task. Travelers’ Chief Underwriting Officer Rick Keegan headlined this thought-provoking session examining how recent U.S. and global challenges provided a stress test for the insurance industry’s underwriting processes. He shared unique perspectives on how Travelers is gathering insights and connecting knowledge about today’s complex risks to ensure the company stands by customers when the unexpected happens.
October 20, 2021
Today’s insurance claims are being revolutionized with digital tools that increase efficiency and satisfaction. Travelers’ Patrick Gee took us inside the latest transformative innovations and explored what they mean for business and personal insurance customers.
October 6, 2021
This webinar provided an inside look at the public and private sector efforts to fight cyber crime and enhance cybersecurity. The U.S. Department of Justice’s Edward Chang and Travelers’ Jeff Klenk explored the essential role that law enforcement has played in investigating and prosecuting cyber crime, especially in a period that saw a rapid rise in virtual activity. They also discussed how cyber insurers, in partnership with insurance agents and brokers, are handling the latest cybersecurity losses and advising clients on risk management practices. This informative discussion highlighted the synergies and common goals between sectors in an effort to reduce cyber crime.
October 5, 2021
The Travelers Institute and Travelers Canada, in partnership with 10 Canadian broker associations, hosted a webinar discussing the topic of autonomous vehicles (AV's) and how they may impact roadway safety, and the future of auto liability and insurance within Canada. President and CEO of Travelers Canada, Heather Masterson, along with Ontario Associate Transportation Minister, Stan Cho, kicked off the session, followed by a panel discussion including speakers representing government and industry.
September 22, 2021
Americans can now purchase recreational marijuana products legally in 19 states, but what will that mean for road safety and how might these changing roadway risks impact insurance? In this installment of Wednesdays with Woodward®, Matt Moore from the Highway Loss Data Institute, Christy Thiems from the American Property Casualty Insurance Association and Bill Zielinski from Travelers provided their insights on this intriguing topic of marijuana and roadway safety.
September 8, 2021
Calling all political nerds and data junkies! What do changing demographics, the 2020 U.S. Census and the redrawing of congressional districts mean for the next election? We kicked off our fall programming season with David Wasserman, one of the country’s top political forecasters and Senior Election Analyst of The Cook Political Report. Wasserman discussed what redistricting efforts across the country may mean for future U.S. election outcomes, his “retail theory” of American politics and what the 2020 Census results have revealed about demographic trends.
July 28, 2021
The Travelers Institute hosted Dr. Robert Hartwig for a candid conversation to understand what a post-pandemic world may look like for the property casualty insurance industry. This program reviewed the economic outlook, catastrophe losses, technology risks, COVID-19 concerns and the litigation climate to understand emerging trends for the industry.
July 14, 2021
Innovation has become a critical priority for business. The speed of change has accelerated, and if you’re not staying ahead of consumer preferences, you risk getting left behind. So how does a company build innovation, agility and velocity into its DNA? What can today’s business leaders learn from the more than 850 “unicorns” around the world – those privately held start-ups that go from founding to valuations exceeding $1 billion in less than ten years?
In a recent episode of Wednesdays with Woodward®, Travelers Institute President Joan Woodward was joined by an expert panel for an in-depth conversation on learning to innovate like a unicorn.
June 30, 2021
In this Wednesdays with Woodward® program, Joan Woodward was joined by former Commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Patomak Global Partners CEO Paul Atkins and Travelers’ Chief Sustainability Officer Yafit Cohn. The speakers discussed why investors, customers, and employees are increasingly focused on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors when evaluating companies, what companies can do to keep up with these trends, as well as the current regulatory environment and anticipated disclosure requirements, and what they could mean for publicly traded companies.
June 16, 2021
The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) is a storied financial institution dating back nearly 230 years. Today it serves as the world’s largest equities exchange, where modern-day business innovators and disruptors can capitalize on opportunity in the public markets. In this program, the Travelers Institute provided a behind-the-scenes look at the NYSE and its parent company, Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), and a crash course on today’s financial markets, led by Amanda Hindlian, NYSE’s Global Head of Capital Markets.
June 9, 2021
Back by popular demand, Dr. Mark McClellan, former FDA Commissioner and Director of the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy, joined the Travelers Institute to provide an update on the fight against COVID-19. Nearly six months since the vaccine rollout began, Dr. McClellan shared lessons learned about effective distribution, fighting an evolving virus and what life may look like for families, businesses and schools in the second half of 2021 and beyond.
May 26, 2021
The Travelers Institute hosted a conversation on the future of cities in the post-pandemic era, including a look at two of the nation’s most vibrant urban centers, New York City and San Francisco. Kathryn S. Wylde, President & CEO of the Partnership for New York City, and Jim Wunderman, President & CEO of the Bay Area Council, two champions of economic development and urban growth, shared their unique perspectives on how the pandemic has changed or accelerated trends and public policy priorities.
May 19, 2021
The Travelers Institute hosted a conversation on the intersection of digital business trends and transformative technologies with Mojgan Lefebvre, Travelers' Chief Technology & Operations Officer and guest Dr. Tom Davenport, world-renowned author of The AI Advantage. They shared how leading-edge capabilities in everything from artificial intelligence (AI) to agile ways of working are forever changing business and the insurance industry.
May 12, 2021
How can small businesses stay ahead in today’s uncertain environment? Tom Sullivan, Vice President of Small Business Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Eric Nordquist, Executive Vice President and President of Small Commercial and Business Insurance Business Centers at Travelers identified actions that small business owners can take to access capital in the current environment.
May 5, 2021
Each June, the world’s top golfers gather at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell for the Travelers Championship®, Connecticut’s annual PGA TOUR® golf tournament. Speakers gave a sneak peek of this year’s tournament, happening June 21–27, and shared how all the excitement is brought to life.
April 28, 2021
Customer expectations are evolving. Are you keeping up? In this installment of the Wednesdays with Woodward® webinar series, Loree Toedman and Jay Gauthier from Travelers’ Personal Insurance team shared their philosophies on meeting customers where they are, giving them what they need and serving them how they want.
April 14, 2021
Brown University School of Public Health Dean Ashish Jha, M.D., MPH, joined this installment of the Wednesdays with Woodward® webinar series to share his outlook for containing the global pandemic. Dr. Jha provided an update on COVID-19 vaccine distribution in the United States, vaccine hesitancy in the population and the latest virus variants.
March 31, 2021
To recognize Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April, this session in the Wednesdays with Woodward® webinar series convened thought leaders in public health communication for a look into the art and science of behavior change. Dr. Jay Winsten, Director for the Initiative on Media Strategies for Public Health at the T.H. Chan School of Public Health at Harvard University; Dr. Kit Delgado, Assistant Professor of Emergency & Epidemiology, Associate Director for the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics, and Director of the Behavioral Science & Analytics for Injury Reduction (BeSAFIR) Lab at the University of Pennsylvania; and Dr. Susan Kartiko, Assistant Professor of Surgery at The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences joined Travelers Institute President Joan Woodward for the discussion.
March 17, 2021
In this installment of the Wednesdays with Woodward® series, the Travelers Institute convened speakers from leading military support organizations to explore why employers should consider expanding their recruitment efforts to include military spouses. Joining the conversation was Col. Matthew F. Amidon, USMCR, Director of the Military Service Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute; Colleen Deere, Executive Director of American Corporate Partners and Jim McMahon, Lead for Military & Veteran Outreach at Travelers.
March 3, 2021
You have probably heard of the IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK ratings that assess vehicle safety. But do you know how these ratings are determined? This episode of the Wednesdays with Woodward® webinar series provided a behind-the-scenes look.
February 17, 2021
Travelers’ Patrick Kinney, Executive Vice President, Enterprise Distribution Management, examines the insurance industry’s evolving distribution strategies and ongoing consolidation.
February 3, 2021
A host of geopolitical and foreign policy challenges await the Biden Administration in 2021. In this episode of the Wednesdays with Woodward® webinar series, retired U.S. Navy Admiral Michael Rogers took us around the world to discuss global hot spots, pressing foreign policy issues, cybersecurity threats and takeaways for the business community.
January 27, 2021
Driverless ride-hailing programs, truck platoons and autonomous delivery vehicles – the future of our roads will undoubtedly look different from today.
January 14, 2021
The Travelers Institute kicked off the new year with this special update on the race to develop and distribute a COVID-19 vaccine. With multiple promising vaccines, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has begun granting emergency use authorization. Dr. Mark McClellan, former FDA Commissioner, took us behind the scenes of the fast-tracked rollout, discussed the unprecedented distribution challenges and shared his outlook for containing the global pandemic.
Weathering the Storm: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety
December 2, 2020
For 10 years, researchers at the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) have been studying natural disasters, testing different building materials and identifying ways to mitigate damage from severe weather events. In this episode of the Wednesdays with Woodward® webinar series, we celebrated a decade of IBHS research with Roy Wright, IBHS President and CEO; Debra T. Ballen, IBHS General Counsel and Chief Risk Officer; and Eric M. Nelson, Travelers’ Senior Vice President of Enterprise Catastrophe Risk Management and IBHS Chairman of the Board.
November 18, 2020
Small business leaders across the country have faced innumerable challenges in 2020, from keeping their doors open and their employees safe to adapting to new business models. President & CEO of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council Karen Kerrigan joined this installment of the Wednesdays with Woodward® webinar series to unpack the results of the 2020 elections and tackle what’s ahead for small business legislation, both in the lame duck session of Congress and in 2021.
November 4, 2020
Life is complicated, and some days can feel overwhelming. This is true now, more than ever given a polarizing political landscape and the ongoing pandemic. It’s important to take care of ourselves, so we can support family members, neighbors and our communities. In this installment of the Wednesdays with Woodward® webinar series, Wendy Wollner walked attendees through self-care strategies and tips for building resilience during uncertain times.
October 28, 2020
In this installment of the Travelers Institute’s Wednesdays with Woodward® webinar series, Team Rubicon Co-Founder and CEO Jake Wood shared strategies for leading through crisis, drawn from his experience on the battlefield and in disaster zones. Wood, a former U.S. Marine Scout Sniper, leads one of the fastest growing non-profit organizations in America, which repurposes the skills of military veterans to respond to disasters. Under his leadership, Team Rubicon has responded to over 700 disasters since 2010, including wildfires, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and now the COVID-19 pandemic.
October 21, 2020
In honor of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Travelers' Cyber Risk Control Director Ken Morrison joined the Wednesdays with Woodward® series to explore findings from the 2020 Travelers Risk Index. Morrison discussed the latest cybersecurity threats and trends and shared actions businesses can take to safeguard their networks.
October 14, 2020
There is no lack of pressing regulatory issues facing the insurance industry today. From leading through a global pandemic to ensuring the preservation of risk-based pricing, thoughtful and responsible industry engagement across sectors is critical. Dr. David A. Sampson, President and CEO of the American Property Casualty Insurance Association (APCIA), and Glenn Westrick, Senior Vice President for Government Relations at Travelers, joined this episode of the Wednesdays with Woodward® series to provide an inside look at key regulatory issues for 2021 and beyond.
October 7, 2020
Protecting employee health and limiting the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in the workplace is not a one-time event. In this webinar, representatives from Travelers Risk Control and the National Safety Council shared recommendations for employers to safely transition employees back to their workplace.
September 30, 2020
This conversation featured Mika Brzezinski and Ginny Brzezinski, co-authors of "Comeback Careers: Rethink, Refresh, Reinvent Your Success - At 40, 50 and Beyond," and Ashley Wilson, Executive Director, Women Taking the Lead Program, U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The group discussed strategies from job coaches and tips to overcome internal and external barriers to success.
September 2, 2020
This webinar explored how technology can help combat distracted driving - and why this issue is as important today as ever given current public health concerns. Speakers from Travelers and TrueMotion explained how IntelliDrive, Travelers' telematics app, works and how it is encouraging safer driving behaviors.
Life After Shelter in Place: A Conversation with Stanford University School of Medicine Dean Lloyd Minor, MD
August 19, 2020
While there are still many unknowns about COVID-19, we are all eager to restore a sense of normalcy to our lives. Dr. Lloyd Minor, Dean of the Stanford University School of Medicine offered a medical perspective on coronavirus, including what it will take to achieve widespread diagnostic and antibody testing, digital symptom tracking and contact tracing, the development of effective treatments and vaccines, and virtual health care.
August 5, 2020
Business owners are preparing to reopen their doors, implementing enhanced safety measures to welcome back employees and customers. The successful reopening will be key to improving the economic health of communities across the country. But as they look forward to reopening, many business owners are concerned about potential liability related to COVID-19. In this webinar, the Travelers Institute explored liability issues for business owners and what can be done to help small businesses get back to business.
July 22, 2020
Few global events in recent years have had the immediate and far-reaching economic, financial, social, emotional and health consequences as a previously unknown Coronavirus did and expect to continue to having in the coming months. Social restrictions are being eased, and we are seeing a return to the workplace, but the pandemic’s impact on physical and mental well-being may not be fully known for years. Dr. Marcos Iglesias joined the Travelers Institute for a discussion on employee stress and anxiety during this time.
July 1, 2020
As states define guidelines for reopening after shutdowns related to COVID-19, every business needs a strong plan for a successful reopening of the workplace for customers and employees. The Travelers Institute and Risk Control team shared strategies to create a plan to reopen, how to apply a risk management approach to address COVID-19 and the four-step process that can help you safely get back to business.
June 11, 2020
As companies prepare for employees to return to work, they are implementing enhanced safety measures to protect employee health. But what about protecting the health of their computer networks? Cyber thought leaders explored cyber threats impacting work-from-home devices, and how lingering malware on these devices could impact corporate networks as employees return to the office.