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ERIC BLANCKE Assistant vice president, health care underwriting

CNA Financial Corp.


Actuarial science graduate Eric Blancke began his career in consulting before joining CNA in the health care actuarial pricing group. After several years he branched out to claim analytics before his career trajectory brought him full circle back to health care but as part of the underwriting, rather than actuarial, function.

What is the biggest challenge of working through the pandemic?

The biggest challenge is missing all of the faces. I miss having conversations in person rather than on the phone. Before the coronavirus, I liked to exercise at my local gym, go to see movies, concerts. It’s on hold now — exercise routines are in my house now on YouTube.

What should the industry do to attract more young people to work in it?

First, focus on the fact that the insurance industry is really ripe for innovation and disruption. Young people are attracted to industries where they can really leave their footprint and help drive change. If we can highlight that the insurance industry is an area where they can really make an impact and a difference, that will bring them in.

What do you know now that you wish you knew at 18?

Never lose your student mindset. Always remain enthusiastic about learning. It is really the key to success in any career.

What is something about you that would surprise people?

I am the definition of a city person. I love living in a city — the food, the entertainment, going to concerts, the cultural things, art. People would be surprised to know I grew up in rural Michigan surrounded by farmland. Even in high school I worked on my uncle’s farm.

What is your favorite meal?

Anything at Ema (in Chicago). The best thing on their menu is the labneh with burnt honey — it’s just delicious.

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