Travelers Institute to Host Cybersecurity Symposium for Business Owners in Tempe, Arizona

U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Michael Echols to Deliver
Keynote Address

TEMPE, Ariz.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Travelers
, the public policy division of The Travelers Companies,
Inc. (NYSE: TRV)
will bring its Small Business – Big Opportunity℠ symposia series
to the Tempe Center for the Arts today to address cybersecurity risks
and provide tips to help local businesses prepare for, prevent and
respond to a cyber breach. The Tempe Chamber of Commerce, the National
Association of Women Business Owners’ Phoenix Chapter and Brown & Brown
Insurance of Arizona, Inc. will join the Travelers Institute in hosting
the event.

“Cyber risk is a major concern for smaller businesses that may not have
security systems in place to protect their sensitive data and customer
information,” said Joan Woodward, President of the Travelers Institute
and Executive Vice President of Public Policy at Travelers. “Small
Business – Big Opportunity
events provide information to
entrepreneurs on how they can help secure their operations and safeguard
their customers’ privacy.”

Michael Echols, Director of the Joint Program Management Office, Office
of Cybersecurity and Communications, U.S. Department of Homeland
Security, will deliver keynote remarks on cyber preparedness for small
and midsized businesses.

A panel discussion, moderated by Woodward, will address cyber concerns
and other challenges, including access to capital, the economic outlook
and business continuity planning.

“The Phoenix area has a dynamic entrepreneurial culture with a diverse
small-business community that contributes significantly to our local
economy,” said Nancy Sanders, President of the National Association of
Women Business Owners, Phoenix Chapter, and Regional Center Director of
the Maricopa Small Business Development Center. “Our small-business
owners need the right resources and tools to help them succeed in an
increasingly competitive environment.”

Sanders will join Echols for the panel discussion, which also will
include John Esposito, President of Brown & Brown Insurance of Arizona,
Inc. and Andrea Drozdowicz, Vice President, Principal Relationship
Manager, at Wells Fargo Tempe Business Banking.

The Travelers Institute has held more than 20 Small Business – Big
events around the country since launching the series in
2011. For more information, visit

About the Tempe Chamber of Commerce

The Tempe Chamber of Commerce strengthens the local economy through
advocacy, professional development, influence and networking. It
regularly advocates for a favorable business climate through interactive
public policy engagement and provides ongoing representation in
government at local, state and federal levels. For more information,

About the National Association of Women Business Owners, Phoenix

NAWBO is an organization that works to strengthen the wealth-creating
capacity of its members and promote economic development; create
innovative and effective changes in the business culture; build
strategic alliances, coalitions and affiliations; and transform public
policy and influence opinion makers. For more information about the
Phoenix Metro Chapter, founded in 1985, visit

About Brown & Brown Insurance of Arizona, Inc.

Brown & Brown Insurance of Arizona, Inc. is part of the sixth-largest
independent insurance agency in the United States, with local roots
dating back to 1937. Our clients enjoy local expertise, as well as the
strength of support teams that can only come with being part of a
National Broker. Brown & Brown of Arizona is available to help place
your Commercial Property and Casualty Insurance, Worker’s Compensation,
Group Health Insurance and Personal Insurance with one of our many
partner companies. At Brown & Brown, client satisfaction is our top
priority. The Company’s Web address is

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


The Travelers Companies, Inc.
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