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2018 Break Out Awards, Midwest: Elisabeth Aleman

2018 Break Out Awards, Midwest: Elisabeth Aleman


Assistant vice president, commercial officer

CNA Financial Corp.


Age: 35

Elisabeth Aleman is responsible for the product and liability coverage for all commercial lines of business and segments for the Chicago branch of CNA Financial Corp., managing a $150 million book and 26 underwriting professionals. She started her career at Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. and then ventured to work for CNA, advancing in 2016 from branch underwriting director to her current leadership role, where she leads commercial underwriting teams based out of Chicago, supporting other CNA offices throughout the Midwest.

Emerging risks in your specialty

Companies are continuously evolving the way they do business, and that always keeps us on our toes when evaluating risks. As we’re sharing cars, bikes, workspaces, warehouses, resources and more, the rise and increasing sophistication of the sharing economy raises questions regarding what is at risk and what the appropriate form of coverage is.

Job change over the next 10 years

I anticipate teamwork, collaboration and selling to look much different than it does today. The traditional business environment is changing, with much less people gathering physically to work or meet in an office setting. Efficient communication methods will play a much bigger role in the future.

Best-kept secret about insurance

Our industry is a melting pot with different people from diverse backgrounds. There is a “home” for everyone in this industry.

Something people don’t know about you

English is my second language. My parents are Cuban immigrants and taught me Spanish at home before I went to school.

Dream vacation

A mix of beach time and exploring a big city.

Favorite meal

Tacos from Big Star in Chicago.


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