Roadtrip Nation: Risk & Reward

Follow three young adults interested in the world of insurance as they set out on a cross-country road trip to uncover what it means to make improbability your profession. Speaking with cyber risk managers, catastrophe modeling pioneers, entertainment brokers, and more, the roadtrippers discover a field evolving to meet the needs—and mitigate the risks—of an ever-changing world.

Jenna, 21, is excited to pursue a career in insurance. Her goal with the trip was to inspire others interested in this career path and learn from leaders within the industry.

Alain, a 21-year-old actuarial science major, wanted to overcome his penchant for overanalysis and ask insurance leaders how to combine his creative personality with his mathematical strengths.


Roadtripper Gaby, 21, is just starting out in the auto insurance industry. She saw the trip as an opportunity to solidify her belief she was making the right career choice.

This eclectic and energetic trio traveled 3,500 miles across the country, interviewing leaders from the insurance industry, while discovering the rewards that come from taking risks along the way.

Featured Interviews:

  • Kate Sampson, VP of Risk Solutions, Lyft
  • Mihir A. Desai, Economist and Harvard Business School Professor
  • Naomi DeMarco, Marketing Director of Valen Analytics
  • David Shotts, VP of Ascend Insurance Brokerage
  • Karen Clark, President of Karen Clark & Co.

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Loureen Ayyoub,
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Funding for Roadtrip Nation: Risk & Reward is made possible by: Travelers Foundation

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