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  • It’s your career

    As a New York Life agent, you are in control of your career path. You have the ability to establish your own income objectives and work with people in whose lives you can make a difference. If meet the requirements, you’ll also have the opportunity to choose a full-time management career, recruiting and developing agents and managing one of our sales offices.

     
  • People like you

    Who decides to become an agent? New York Life agents are all ages and come from all walks of life and occupations- from recent college graduates to lawyers who decided they wanted a new challenge and everything in between. We have been hiring, training and developing successful women agents and managers since the 1880’s. Those first agents quickly established themselves as leaders and the same holds true for the women who join us today. They are all united by a commitment to succeed, a willingness to learn and a desire to help other people.

     
  • Our company

    We’ve been keeping our promises to policyholders since 1845. Our values are simple and straight forward: Financial strength, Integrity and humanity. Every decision we make has one-and only one- overriding concern: to make sure we act in the best interests of our policyholders.

     
  • Comprehensive training and education program

    At New York Life, we take your training seriously Our agents are widely recognized as among the best–trained professionals in the industry. Even if you don’t have previous experience in selling, our multi-dimensional training program—NYLIC University—can put you on the path to success.

    Our equation for success is simple - the more you achieve, the more you’ll potentially earn. Our outstanding commission program provides both short and long-term rewards.

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You can succeed with New York Life
Join us and you’ll joining an elite corps of knowledgeable professionals who are dedicated to helping their clients protect their families and businesses protect what matters most, make appropriate financial choices, and secure a comfortable retirement. It’s how we help Keep Good Going and what makes us The Company You Keep.

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A proud history: New York Life’s women agents through the years

  • 1880's

    New York Life hires the first female life insurance agents in America; many of them quickly achieved as much or more success than their male counterparts.

    For example, at 35, Jessie Fremont Niccolls won membership into the New York Life earnings club her first year and continued to work for the Company for more than 40 years.

    1. 1874
    2. 1875
    3. 1876
    4. 1877
    5. 1878
    6. 1879
    7. 1880
    8. 1881
    9. 1882
    10. 1883
  • 1890's

    Minnie Tumbleson was the first woman to be elected to the New York Life monthly honor roll. Featured prominently in many of our publications, she was hailed as an example of the success women could enjoy within the Company. The 1899 book What Women Can Earn quoted her as saying “Of the many avenues of work now open to women I know none which to a woman of tact and perseverance affords so broad a field for enterprise as that of life insurance.”

    1. 1884
    2. 1885
    3. 1886
    4. 1887
    5. 1888
    6. 1889
    7. 1890
    8. 1891
    9. 1892
    10. 1893
  • 1947

    Mildred McAfee Horton becomes the first woman elected to the New York Life Board of Directors. She was also President of Wellesley College, the first director of the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service in the United States Navy during WWII, and was also the first female director of the National Broadcasting Company. She later co-chaired the National Women’s Conference on Civil Rights.

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    1. 1941
    2. 1942
    3. 1943
    4. 1944
    5. 1945
    6. 1946
    7. 1947
    8. 1948
    9. 1949
    10. 1950
  • 1985-1992

    In 1985 Alice T. Kane was named general counsel of New York Life and becomes the first female general counsel of any major insurer. In 1989 Ms. Kane is named corporate secretary and also made secretary of the Executive Management Committee. And in 1992 she goes on to become the first woman to be named Executive Vice President at the company.

    1. 1985
    2. 1986
    3. 1987
    4. 1988
    5. 1989
    6. 1990
    7. 1991
    8. 1992
    9. 1993
    10. 1994
  • 1996

    Renamed after its champion in 2002, The Patricia Carbine Children’s Center opens its doors at New York Life to provide back-up care to children and families, especially working mothers, at the company. Along with Gloria Steinem, Ms. Carbine was one of the six founding editors of Ms. Magazine and was a former director of New York Life.

    1. 1990
    2. 1991
    3. 1992
    4. 1993
    5. 1994
    6. 1995
    7. 1996
    8. 1997
    9. 1998
    10. 1999
  • 2000

    Tema Steele becomes our first Council Vice President. Tema has also been a member of our Chairman’s Cabinet (Top 50 agent) every year since its inception in 1996.

    1. 1994
    2. 1995
    3. 1996
    4. 1997
    5. 1998
    6. 1990
    7. 2000
    8. 2001
    9. 2002
    10. 2003
  • 2001

    For the first of many years to come, Working Mother Magazine recognizes New York Life as one of the 100 Best Companies for working mothers. In the thirteen years to follow, the company will receive this honor eleven times. In 2013, the magazine will also recognize the company as one of the best companies for multicultural women to work at for the third consecutive years.

    1. 1995
    2. 1996
    3. 1997
    4. 1998
    5. 1999
    6. 2000
    7. 2001
    8. 2002
    9. 2003
    10. 2004
  • 2002-2013

    Beginning in 2002, the National Association for Female Executives awards us the Top 50 Companies for Executive Women honor four years in a row; the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption will place the company on its Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces List for six consecutive years; and Latina Style Magazine will award us their 50 Best Companies for Latinas for ten consecutive years.

    1. 2002
    2. 2003
    3. 2004
    4. 2005
    5. 2006
    6. 2007
    7. 2008
    8. 2009
    9. 2010
    10. 2011
  • 2003

    New York Life launches the Women's Leadership Project, a breakthrough program, designed to strengthen the corporate culture and enhance leadership development for women employees at all levels in the organization.

    1. 1997
    2. 1998
    3. 1999
    4. 2000
    5. 2001
    6. 2002
    7. 2003
    8. 2004
    9. 2005
    10. 2006
  • 2006-2008

    New York Life launches two websites focused on women. One provides information on job opportunities for women and information about careers in life insurance for women at all stages of professional development.

    The other promotes financial education for women with information geared to protecting their family, educating their children, managing finances, and securing their retirement.

    1. 2002
    2. 2003
    3. 2004
    4. 2005
    5. 2006
    6. 2007
    7. 2008
    8. 2009
    9. 2010
    10. 2011
  • 2009

    Kathy Davenport becomes the first female president of New York Life’s Agents Advisory Council, the group of New York Life agents that present agent viewpoints and issues to the company’s executive management.

    1. 2003
    2. 2004
    3. 2005
    4. 2006
    5. 2007
    6. 2008
    7. 2009
    8. 2010
    9. 2011
    10. 2012
  • 2012

    Jayshree Patel, becomes the company’s second female Council President. After joining the Company in 1997, she qualified for Council 15 consecutive years, Chairman's Council 14 times and Chairman's Cabinet 5 times. Jayshree was also the 2008 Council First Vice President in the West Central Zone. She is a Life Member of the Million Dollar Round Table.

    1. 2006
    2. 2007
    3. 2008
    4. 2009
    5. 2010
    6. 2011
    7. 2012
    8. 2013
    9. 2014
    10. 2015
  • 2013

    The company’s Women’s Leadership Program and NYL Investment Management’s Women’s Initiative for Success and Empowerment merge to launch The Women’s Initiative.

    Donna Ellsom LaCour, becomes the company’s second female Council Vice President.

    1. 2007
    2. 2008
    3. 2009
    4. 2010
    5. 2011
    6. 2012
    7. 2013
    8. 2014
    9. 2015
    10. 2016