Travelers Institute Kicks Off 2016 Consumer Insurance Education Series

March 7, 2016

Symposium Series Provides Families with Insurance Knowledge

HARTFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Travelers Institute, the public policy division of The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV), today announced the start of its 2016 national consumer insurance education series, Insurance Essentials: Your Questions Answered. The series will feature panel discussions with local professionals, who will join representatives from the Travelers Institute to answer the community’s questions about insurance-related topics, including homeowners, rental property, umbrella and other coverage options.

“Our research shows that 40 percent of consumers do not take the time to review their insurance each year,” said Joan Woodward, President of the Travelers Institute and Executive Vice President of Public Policy at Travelers. “Insurance is a vital piece to an individual’s overall financial plan, and we are pleased to launch our 2016 Insurance Essentials series to help people understand their coverage and make thoughtful decisions about the best insurance program for their home and family.”

The first event is being held today in Westchester County, New York, and will include the Women’s Council of Realtors Empire Westchester Business Resource Network and Allan M. Block Insurance Agency, Inc. Woodward will facilitate the discussion, joined by the following panelists:

Irene Amato, Broker Owner, A.S.A.P. Mortgage Corp.
Marc DiTomaso, Esq., Owner, The Law Offices of Marc A. DiTomaso, PC
JoAnne Murray, Owner and President, Allan M. Block Insurance Agency, Inc.
Mary Stetson, Founder and Broker, Stetson Real Estate

Future events will be listed at, along with information about the Travelers Institute’s public policy initiatives.

About the Women’s Council of REALTORS®
The Women’s Council of REALTORS® is a network of successful REALTORS®, advancing women as professionals and leaders in business, the industry and the communities we serve. Members of the Women's Council of REALTORS® are career professionals. The Women’s Council of REALTORS® operates based on a shared value system of integrity, respect, consistency and a commitment to excellence and continuous development.

About Allan M. Block Insurance Agency, Inc.
Allan M. Block Insurance Agency, Inc. has remained one of the Tri-state's leading providers of Business Insurance, Personal Insurance and Financial Services since 1959. The agency is committed to providing our clients with excellent professional service and expertise, and helping them to make proper insurance decisions. For more information, visit

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

The Travelers Institute
Judy Senechal, 860-277-2366

Source: The Travelers Companies, Inc.