CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep. 26, 2013--
The Travelers Institute, the public policy division of The Travelers
Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV), today moderated a panel discussion at the
Women’s Business Development Center’s (WBDC) 27th Annual
Entrepreneurial Woman’s Conference, Women’s Business & Buyers Mart in
Chicago. Panel participants discussed topics ranging from access to
capital and cyber security, to vendor selection and strategies for
success in today's challenging small business environment.
The Travelers Institute’s Small Business - Big Opportunity tour had
previously held nine events in major markets across the country, such as
Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta, New York and Boston.
“As one of the nation’s largest insurers of small businesses, we
recognize how important women’s entrepreneurship is to expanding
economic opportunity in the 21st century,” said Joan
Woodward, President, Travelers Institute, and Executive Vice President
of Public Policy, Travelers. “Travelers understands the challenges women
entrepreneurs can face in operating successful small businesses and is
committed to providing the necessary resources to help business owners
Woodward moderated the discussion and the panel consisted of prominent
business leaders, including:
Amber Colley, Director, Sales Partnerships, Dun & Bradstreet
Tim Ritz, Managing Director of Technical Procurement, United Airlines
David Frank, President and General Council, SomerCor 504, Inc
Michelle Kantor, ESQ, Federal Government Contracting Practice Lead,
McDonald Hopkins, LLC
Kirstin Simonsen, Second Vice President of Underwriting for Global
“The goal of the Entrepreneurial Woman’s Conference is to bring together
women business owners and to provide access to capital, contract
opportunities and information that is relevant to their businesses,”
said Emilia DiMenco, President and CEO of the WBDC. “Our partnership
with Travelers is enabling our organization to better meet the needs of
our small business clients.”
To learn more about the series and Travelers’ commitment to small
business advocacy, please visit the Travelers Institute’s website: https://www.travelers.com/about-us/travelers-institute/index.aspx.
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 the financial services industry more broadly.
The Travelers Institute draws upon the industry expertise of Travelers'
senior management and the technical expertise of many of Travelers'
underwriters, risk managers and other experts to provide information,
analysis and solutions to public policy makers and regulators. Travelers
is a leading provider of property casualty insurance for auto, home and
business. For more information, visit www.Travelers.com.
Source: The Travelers Companies, Inc.
The Travelers Companies, Inc.
Ashley Maagero, 860-277-2954