Travelers Institute Announces Winter 2024 Wednesdays with Woodward® Webinar Schedule

Topics will include the economy, innovation and insurance fraud

The Travelers Institute, the public policy division of The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV), today announced its Wednesdays with Woodward winter 2024 schedule. The webinar series, hosted by Joan Woodward, President of the Travelers Institute and Executive Vice President of Public Policy at Travelers, features thought leaders from both the public and private sectors discussing relevant topics for companies and consumers.

“As interest in our webinars continues to grow, it’s clear that matters at the intersection of public policy and business are striking a chord with viewers,” said Woodward. “This winter’s lineup will have some of the brightest minds at the forefront of their respective fields sharing their insights with agents, brokers and the broader business community.”

Upcoming webinars include:

  • Jan. 17: “Insuring Innovation: Life Sciences and the P&C Insurance Industry” – Dr. Marcus Schabacker, President and CEO of ECRI, and Jennifer Ampulski, Assistant Vice President of Technology & Life Sciences, Life Sciences Practice Lead at Travelers, will discuss underwriting innovation in the life sciences industry. They will cover the evolving needs of the business, including risk mitigation in clinical trials, litigation, digital health, personalized medicine, the use of AI and more.
  • Jan. 22: “Discovering Common Purpose: Veterans and Military Families on the Rewards of Civic Engagement” – Janice Brunner, Group General Counsel and Head of Civic Engagement at Travelers, will be joined by Ellen Gustafson, Executive Director and Co-Founder of We the Veterans, and Cory Johnson, Co-Chair of the Military/Veterans and Allies Diversity Network at Travelers, to explore how military service can create a sense of common purpose and build a more unified democracy. This webinar is part of the “Citizen Travelers at the Travelers Institute” program series.
  • Jan. 31: “Fit for Success: Unlocking Health and Performance” – Karen Palacios-Jansen, golf and wellness coach, LPGA Teaching Master Professional and founder of CardioGolf, will help busy professionals kick off a healthy new year by demonstrating golf-specific exercises, drills and other fitness tips that can be done anywhere to improve strength, flexibility and endurance for golfers and non-golfers alike.
  • Feb. 14: “2024 Economic Outlook with Goldman Sachs’ Chief U.S. Economist” – David Mericle, Goldman Sachs’ Chief U.S. Economist, will share his forecast and viewpoints on inflation, the labor and housing markets, the chances of a recession and more.
  • Feb. 28: “Guarding Against Insurance Fraud in the Digital Era” – Michelle Rafeld, Executive Director of the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud, and Pranay Mittal, Vice President of Investigative Services at Travelers, will discuss how AI and other emerging technologies pose challenges and offer solutions to evolving forms of insurance fraud.

All events are free and open to the public – anyone interested in joining can register on the Travelers Institute website.

About the Travelers Institute

The Travelers Institute, 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, home and business. For more information, visit


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