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.


Cynthia Kalathas

New York Life Associate General Counsel

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Champions of diversity and inclusion.

At New York Life, we are committed to attracting and retaining a diverse pool of talented employees and financial professionals. Our Office of Diversity and Inclusion 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.

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


Cathy Council

Corporate Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion

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 Office of Diversity and Inclusion 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 Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) hosts a yearly campaign to encourage employees to engage with one another and learn about diversity and inclusion-based topics. Our 2021 Diversity & 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.

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
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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.

Learn more

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.

Learn more

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.