New York Life Insurance Company – 2013 50 Out Front for Diversity Leadership


New York Life Insurance Company #42

New York, NY
13,658 employees
CEO: Theodore A. (Ted) Mathas
CDE: Linda Hassan

Diversity Mission: New York Life could not have achieved the success we enjoy today were it not for our richly diverse corporate culture. Rather than expect employees and agents to adapt themselves to a single way of doing business, everyone is encouraged to bring their own cultural and intellectual perspectives to the table. Nor do we pursue a one-size-fits-all approach in the marketplace; our culturally sensitive outreach to customers has established New York Life as “The Company of the Community” in neighborhoods that reflect the changing face of America. Little wonder that we consider our commitment to diversity to be a fundamental strategic strength.

New York Life has five employee network groups: the Women’s Leadership Project as well as groups for African Americans, Asians, Latinos and LGBT employees. These groups host events during the year that celebrate the unique experiences each person brings. The Women’s Leadership Project encourages women to pursue opportunities, enhance career development and achieve their personal goals. Since its start in 2003, the initiative has hosted more than 25 events on topics such as women’s health and presentation skills, and has held networking events, workshops and charitable drives for Dress for Success.