Travelers Continues Strategic Partnership at Appalachian State Focused on Diversity & Inclusion Efforts

Travelers recently continued its Strategic Partnership with the Appalachian State Brantley Risk & Insurance Center,  a development announced by Dr. David Marlett, the Center’s Managing Director and Risk Management & Insurance Professor.  This multi-year financial commitment will help enhance and expand the Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) programs for AppState Risk Management & Insurance (RMI) Majors within the University’s Walker College of Business.

“Thanks to leadership once again from Melanie Hudson, Mid-Atlantic Region Field Vice President at Travelers and her colleagues, AppState RMI majors and Actuarial Science students will continue taking part in impactful and relevant professional development and mentoring programs to help prepare the next generation of Insurance leaders,” said Dr. Marlett.  “Dr. Jamie Parson can now utilize this financial investment to pay dividends not only for our students, but for the Industry as a whole.”

“At Travelers, we are incredibly impressed with the Appalachian State Risk Management & Insurance program’s Diversity & Inclusion initiatives, which has resulted in attracting diverse talent into our industry,” added Melanie Hudson. “In hiring many of their graduates, we have certainly been the beneficiary of the important work being done and can see the difference it has made.  We are proud to extend our Strategic Partnership in support of the RMI program and Walker College of Business’ continuing D&I efforts and we look forward to their continued success.” 

Hudson serves on the AppState Brantley Risk & Insurance Center’s Board of Advisors  where she previously Chaired the Diversity & Inclusion sub-committee efforts in support of Dr. Jamie Parson and the students.  Read more about the Brantley Center’s D & I efforts, led by Dr. Parson here:

“This investment allows us to expand our Building Insurance Talent Program, support student travel experiences to industry conferences and help create professional development programs that will prepare future insurance leaders to lead through an inclusive lens,” said Dr. Parson.

Read more about the other AppState Brantley Risk & Insurance Center “Strategic Partners” here:

About the Brantley Risk & Insurance Center

The Brantley Risk and Insurance Center in Appalachian State University's Walker College of Business enhances the academic experience by providing space and staff to assist risk management and insurance majors with networking, job placement preparation and contact with faculty members outside the classroom. It provides students opportunities to participate in professional designation and licensing programs, and invites industry leaders to participate in classes and speak to student organizations. It also fosters research and faculty development, assists the insurance industry in the design and delivery of continuing education programs and helps educate the public about the insurance industry. Learn more at

Appalachian's Risk Management and Insurance Program is the sixth largest in the country according to Business Insurance magazine. The college's Brantley Risk and Insurance Center, founded in 1988 with support from the Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina, supports research and faculty development, assists the insurance industry in the design and delivery of training and continuing education programs, and facilitates interaction between students, faculty and the professionals in the insurance industry. Appalachian is designated a Global Center of Insurance Excellence by the International Insurance Society. For more information about the Center, visit

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Published: Sep 28, 2020 10:55am