Patrick J. Kinney

EVP & COO Field Management, Business & International Insurance and Member of Management and Operating Committees, The Travelers Companies, Inc.

From Inner-City Philly to Senior Executive in a Dow 30 Company

I grew up in the Kensington section of inner-city Philly, which is one of the roughest areas of the city. Both my parents grew up there.

I am the oldest of four. My life began to change when I won a high school scholarship to attend St. Joseph’s Preparatory School, which is one of the top high schools in the East Coast. After that, I went to Penn State University. Actually, the truth is I never filled out the application for Penn State. My mother did it all: completed the application, applied for financial aid, submitted my written essay, and indicated I would attend in the fall of 1979. While I had no interest in going to college my mother wasn’t going to let my potential go to waste.

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