A DIVERSE AND INCLUSIVE COMPANY

A place where you can be you.

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New York Life is one of the first environments I have experienced where diversity and inclusion are not just concepts, they are common practice.

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Cynthia Kalathas

New York Life Associate General Counsel


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Champions of diversity, equity & inclusion.

At New York Life, we are committed to attracting and retaining a diverse pool of talented employees and financial professionals. Our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Center for Awareness and Advocacy provides programming, educational resources, external partnerships, and more to build our award- winning inclusive work environment.1

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Employee Resource Groups unite us.

New York Life has seven employee resources groups which embody the strength and spirit of our culture, and help the company foster an environment in which differences and unique perspectives are encouraged and valued. These groups frequently work together, promoting intersectionality and allyship across the company.

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At New York Life we are encouraged to be ourselves holistically at work, by sharing our talents, culture, perspective, and experience with each other.

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Cathy Council

Vice President, Head of the DE&I Center


Act with integrity and people notice.

New York Life is proud to be recognized for creating a welcoming, positive workplace.

An inclusive workplace

New York Life is one of the 25 best employers for diversity in 2020, according Forbes and Statista. 1

Promoting LGBTQ+ equality

In 2021, New York Life achieved a perfect score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) annual scorecard on LGBTQ Workplace Equality. 2

Supporting working parents

New York Life is one of Working Mother’s “100 Best Companies” for 2020—and of its “Best Companies for Dads.” 3


A few ways we're making a difference.

Here are a few programs, initiatives, and partnerships that New York Life is proud to be a part of. Expand each section to learn more about our ongoing diversity and inclusion efforts.

For several years, the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Center for Awareness and Advocacy has hosted a Coming Together Conversation Series, encouraging respectful dialogue and promoting a safe workplace forum where employees can share their perspectives and feelings on challenging issues. Employees participate in an annual educational challenge that inspires them to think about diversity and inclusion in new and different ways.

The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Center for Awareness and Advocacy hosts a yearly campaign to encourage employees to engage with one another and learn about diversity and inclusion-based topics. Our 2021 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Awareness Campaign is "Social justice in action: let's talk about us," and focuses on helping employees understand the importance of identity in intersectionality, and what it's like to walk in others' shoes.

It has always been important to us to invest in a wide variety of development tools and benefits that develop and motivate our workforce. Employees have access to a range of career development and learning resources to enhance their ability to perform in their current roles and prepare for future opportunities. We continually evaluate the tools and policies available to maintain the well-being of our workforce.

The New York Life Supplier Diversity Program helps ensure that diverse businesses have equal access to our procurement process. Our focus is on improving representation among Minority-owned Business Enterprises (MBEs); Women-owned Business Enterprises (WBEs); Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender-owned Business Enterprises (LGBTBEs); Disabled- owned Business Enterprises (DBEs); Veteran-owned Business Enterprises (VBEs); and Service-Disabled Veteran-owned Business Enterprises (SDVBEs).

Since its founding in 1979, The New York Life Foundation has provided $300 million in charitable contributions to national and local nonprofit organizations.

Using demographics provided by our grantees, 77%+ of our total Foundation and corporate contributions served culturally diverse populations. We target our resources and initiatives across several major categories, including partnering with and supporting organizations serving the Black community. View our commitment to the community here.

Spotlight 2020 Donations for COVID-19 and Social Justice

COVID-19 Related Grants: over $57 million has been paid or committed to COVID-19 related support: 

  • $50 million for the Brave of Heart Fund 
  • $7,186,000 to a number of research and relief organizations supporting communities impacted by COVID-19

Social Justice Grants: $1.25M paid or committed so far to social justice organizations: 

  • $1M to the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund 
  • $250k in matching grants to a number of social justice and racial justice organizations

On April 27, 2021, New York Life announced a $1 billion impact investment initiative with the aim to address the racial wealth gap by investing in underserved and undercapitalized communities over the next three years with a focus on supporting small businesses, affordable housing, and community development. The company will partner with diverse asset managers, federally chartered community development financial institutions (CDFI), and other mission-driven organizations to amplify their efforts on the ground. Two new investments include:

  • New York Life has collaborated with Fairview Capital to commit $150 million to invest in diverse and emerging fund managers. Through this collaboration, the company expects to make 15 venture capital and growth equity limited partnership commitments over the next three years. Each commitment aims to support dozens of businesses, which could result in in several hundred businesses impacted overall.

  • New York Life made a $50 million investment to support the preservation of affordable housing rental properties throughout the United States via an equity investment with IMPACT Community Capital. The investment with IMPACT Community Capital will provide short-term bridge loans to borrowers and owners of affordable housing seeking to preserve the properties’ affordability status. The underlying properties will be nearing the expiration of affordable rent restrictions, which place the properties at risk of becoming market-rate rentals.

New York Life will continue to partner with diverse asset managers, federally chartered community development financial institutions (CDFI), and other mission-driven organizations as part of this initiative. The company’s long-term impact investment strategy is to develop large-scale solutions and investment structures that aim to deliver broad and inclusive economic outcomes linked to job growth, health and wellness, and personal and household advancement.

For more than 25 years, New York Life’s Cultural Markets division has been focused on meeting the financial protection needs of historically underserved markets, including the African American, Chinese, Korean, Latino, South Asian, and Vietnamese communities. Cultural Markets has been a core component of the company’s growth and success, anchored by a field force that mirrors the diversity of our clients.    Approximately 50% of the company’s more than 12,000 agents serve these communities, with the goal of creating greater financial stability and wealth for current and future generations of families across the United States.   

Cultural Market Spotlight: African American Market Unit

Since 2003, New York Life’s focus on the African American market has been led by our African American Market Unit and centered on changing the financial future of Black America by helping to create financial stability, economic opportunity, and multigenerational wealth. New York Life has built an industry-leading team of financial professionals who cater to the Black community to provide financial education and tools to close the racial wealth gap and help the community to create billions of dollars in life insurance protection and future income.  

In 2011, New York Life embarked on a mission to change the financial future of Black America with a clear destination to create $50 Billion of generally tax-free, transferable wealth. This agent-led initiative became known as the $50 Billion Community Empowerment Plan. In 2017 our goal was met, but we continue this important work.

New York Life’s Empowerment Plan for the Black community is based on four principles for building a solid financial foundation:

  • Protect what you earn, own and owe, and those you love
  • Plan for major life events
  • Prioritize your financial goals
  • Pass your assets to the people and institutions you care about

As one of the largest African American sales forces in the life insurance industry our agent support and development has grown to incorporate many important areas.  Over the last 10 years, the number of lives protected (life cases) by African American agents has grown by over 30%, and the life recurring premium generated by this market has also grown by 42%. We have also more than doubled the recruiting of African American agents over the last 15 years.

The mission continues, and our African American agents and managers are fully engaged in their continued effort to provide financial, educational, and community empowerment in order to help bridge the financial wealth gap in the community.

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See how our people serve their communities.

Our diverse, and often multilingual, employees work to support people from all backgrounds through financial guidance, volunteer opportunities, and community outreach. New York Life features a robust support network through our Target and Cultural Market program, which helps agents better serve the many unique communities across the country.
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Answering the call.

Read about our ongoing commitment to strengthening the lives of those who need it most.

Volunteers for Good

Through our volunteer program, we develop and promote volunteer opportunities for our workforce to serve the communities where they work and live.

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Childhood Bereavement Support

Beyond financial support, grieving families need emotional support. As part of that mission, we partner with and donate to a number of childhood bereavement support programs.

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Employees Driving Change

When our employees display a particular passion towards a cause, we offer support through Engagement Grants.

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Explore New York Life careers.

Find your place at a purpose-drive company with over 175 years of experience.

See our Diversity and Inclusion awards: https://www.newyorklife.com/newsroom/our-awards-and-recognition
1America’s Best Employers for Diversity rankings compiled by Forbes and Statista. For more information, please see https://www.forbes.com/best-employers-diversity.
22021 Corporate Equality Index administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. For more information, please see https://www.hrc.org/resources/corporate-equality-index
32020 Working Mother Best Companies for Dads. For more information, please see: https://www.workingmother.com/working-mother-best-companies-for-dads-2020

New York Life is an Equal Opportunity Employer – M/F/Veteran/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.