Since graduating from Concordia University in Minnesota with a degree in Organizational Behavior and Communications, Lori Sweere has been building a remarkable career in the Human Resources (HR) field. Since 2007, she has held the position of Executive Vice President of Human Capital at UnitedHealth Group of Minnetonka, Minnesota. Prior to her employment with UnitedHealth, Lori Sweere served the CNA Financial Corporation, a multinational organization. In her capacity as Executive Vice President at CNA, Lori Sweere oversaw a staff of more than 170, including 9 senior HR officers. Lori Sweere proved herself to be an integral part of the leadership team that turned the flagging financial corporation around. Prior to assuming her place on the CNA executive team, Lori Sweere worked for St. Paul Companies (now part of The Travelers Indemnity Company) and National Computer Systems in Minnesota. UnitedHealth Group serves more than 75 million people worldwide, with capabilities in nearly every aspect of health care. As Executive Vice President of Human Capital at UnitedHealth, Lori Sweere has sought out tools to maximize the company’s effectiveness through improved employee engagement, effective training, and ongoing assessment of leadership and management strategies. Lori Sweere and her team at UnitedHealth have been recognized for integrating recruitment and engagement strategies by organizations such as the Corporate Leadership Council (CLC) in Washington, D.C. Lori Sweere also enjoyed the singular honor of delivering the keynote speech at an event hosted by Bersin & Associates, a leading HR consultancy, in 2011. Leading consulting firms have acknowledged Lori Sweere and her team at UnitedHealth for their demonstrable commitment to innovating in the area of human capital and talent management. Under Lori Sweere’s direction, UnitedHealth has won three leadership benchmark citations from Bersin & Associates for the implementation of leadership development programs. Additionally, the Connecticut Department of Labor awarded UnitedHealth with the 2011 Patriot Award for the company’s consistent support of the National Guard and Reserve. Lori Sweere’s ability to inspire her team and the employees of UnitedHealth to meet the challenges of a changing work environment has also been acknowledged by the National Business Group on Health, which bestowed its Platinum Award in 2011 for "Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles". Lori Sweere’s diversity initiatives were credited with the INROADS Corporate Plus Award that UnitedHealth received recently. The primary objective of INROADS is to provide corporate and community leadership training to talented youth from ethnically diverse communities.