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CONOR SWEENEY Assistant vice president and commercial officer

CNA Financial Corp.


Conor Sweeney joined CNA’s trainee program in 2011 in New York after graduating from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a degree in economics. After completing the CNA program in 2012, he worked as a front-line underwriter. In 2015, he was recruited to run technology underwriting for the central United States, spanning 11 states, and was promoted to his current position two years ago.

What’s your top tip for working remotely?

My top tip is to establish some sort of a routine. My wife and I start every morning with walking our dog up to two miles before starting work and, after I finish work, we do another walk, for another mile or two. It’s good exercise, and it also ensures that the dog doesn’t drive me crazy all day long while I’m trying to work.

How will your work change going forward?

The pandemic was eye opening to a lot of people about what humans are capable of and has probably challenged a lot of the traditional thought of how work needs to be done. But I think that after all this, people will come out a lot stronger than they were before.

What’s one habit or hobby you adopted during the pandemic?

I actually got married during the pandemic. We had originally planned to have a wedding but had to cancel, so instead we picked up the paperwork from the county clerk’s office and signed it ourselves. Colorado is really loose on wedding requirements. You don’t even need a witness; you can actually marry yourselves. It wasn’t what we had imagined, but it was perfect for 2020.

All-time favorite movie?

The original “Star Wars.” I watched it thousands of times as a kid.

What is your favorite meal?

There are few foods that I don’t like, but I really like good sushi.