Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. (MetLife Inc.) – 2011 50 Out Front #20


New York, NY
66,000 employees

Founded 1868
CEO: C. Robert Henrikson
CDE: Lynne DiStasio

For MetLife, diversity is fully embedded in the way the company operates. This focus has helped it build a strong diversity community that includes eight affinity/employee resource groups — Professional Women at MetLife, Multicultural Resources Network, Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals, Transgender and Allies At MetLife, Women’s Investment Network, Women in Finance, MetLife INROADS Alumni Network, MetLife Military Veterans Group and the Disability Inclusion ERG. Through their programs, the groups raise awareness of diversity in the workplace, encourage networking and peer support, and provide practical approaches to leadership, as well as career and personal development. The firm also has 40+ employee-led diversity groups across the company that reinforce its commitment to inclusion. These include the Line of Business Diversity Committees, made up of associates from various business functions that develop and implement strategies/programs relevant to their business needs, and Local Inclusion Action Teams which consist of volunteers from all lines of business, at many local MetLife sites.