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Central MA Up + Comer: Unum Underwriting Consultant Lori Crowley

Thursday, February 20, 2014


Lori Crowley works to serve as a role model to young finance professionals, her family, and more in Worcester.

Lori currently works as an Underwriting Consultant at Unum in downtown Worcester, which can best be recognized as being part of Worcester’s City Square Project. She graduated from Worcester State University’s Masters of Management program in 2012 with a concentration in Business Leadership and was recently accepted into Nichols College MBA program. Additionally, she is enrolled in the Higher Education Consortium of Central MA (HECMA) Certificate in College Teaching program. Lori has a passion for learning and helping others and is an active volunteer for several local organizations including the United Way and Hospice. In addition, she serves on the board for the Young Professional Women’s Association (YPWA) here in Worcester and as a board member to the Central MA Chapter for Financial Service Professionals.

SW: Can you describe your career?

LC: I work in the insurance industry and am currently part of a business area that is responsible for employer and applicant level underwriting to ensure appropriate risk selection.

SW: What is the best thing about it?

LC: The company and its values. Unum has allowed me many opportunities to give back and volunteer in the city of Worcester, and I love being able to give back in that way. Also, the people. It is really great to come to work and be surrounded by people who challenge and motivate me.

SW: Can you describe a day in your life?

LC: A day in my life can be busy and every day is different. I like to start my day at the gym to begin each day focusing on my personal health. Then I am quickly off to work. At work, the day’s to-do’s can vary with workloads and project meetings, but the variance makes the day exciting. After work (depending on the day) I can be running to class, going to a board meeting, or attending an event. I love meeting new people and learning new things. Each day is different but I am thankful for calendar reminders and my nightly walks with my husband and dogs to unwind.

SW: What do you do away from your career?

LC: Spend time with my husband and my dogs.

SW: Are you involved in the community? If so, how?

LC: Yes, I am involved with several organizations in and around Worcester. I serve on the board as treasurer to the Young Professional Women’s Association (YPWA) and I am also on the board for the Financial Service Professionals (FSP). Additionally, I volunteer with the United Way, Hospice Services of Western MA and recently became involved with MassEdCO as part of the College Success Institute’s partnership with Unum and South High School students where we teach “real world” readiness skills that relate directly to the work place and college life.

SW: Who or what is the biggest influence in your life?

LC: My family. All of them uniquely support and inspire me. I am thankful to have them in my life.

SW: What is a fun fact few people know about you?

LC: I am a homebody, regardless of all my extra activities and busy schedule; nothing makes me happier than being home with my husband and puppies.

SW: Your favorite quote?

LC: “Let your life mean something. Become an inspiration to others so they may try to do more and to become more than they are today."

SW: What do you think defines success?

LC: I define success as being truly happy with life, no matter where it may take me.

SW: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

LC: In 10 years I see a more complex version of myself finding balance in a professional successful career and in my personal successes. I also hope to maintain my involvement in the community through networking and volunteer opportunities.


Central MA Up + Comer is a weekly profile of a member of the next generation as they are making their mark on the Central MA workforce and community. Join us every Thursday for a look at the careers and lifestyles of the local digital generation. If you have suggestions for a profile, email [email protected].

Susan D. Wagner is president of Susan Wagner PR, a boutique public relations firm invested in meeting client's goals with integrity and creativity.


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