Diversity, equity, and inclusion at New York Life.

DE&I Center

New York Life’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Center for Awareness and Advocacy (DE&I Center) promotes equal employment opportunity and workforce diversity, strengthens diverse procurement practices, engages in community outreach, and works to support a culture that continuously evolves by actively welcoming and respecting different backgrounds and points of view for the benefit of New York Life and its employees.

In 2016, the DE&I Center launched the Coming Together Series, with the inaugural session bringing together employees to engage in a first-time, company-sponsored discussion on race relations. Since then, we’ve built a comprehensive program that includes ongoing companywide discussions featuring timely topics, guest speakers, and the sponsorship of related research projects. The series has been instrumental in shaping our culture of inclusion.

Since launching the series, there have been over 40 courageous conversations exploring topics intersecting race and their communities. Through these sessions, employees learn how to approach and discuss tough social issues to better understand and connect with each other, leading to a more inclusive workplace. Examples of such sessions include COVID-19, Fear & Bias, Justice in Action, Hate Crimes, and Coming Out in Diverse Communities.

Employee Resource Groups

New York Life proudly sponsors seven Employee Resource Groups (ERGs). Created by and for employees who represent unique cultures, experiences, and backgrounds, these groups coordinate numerous workshops, seminars, and special events that make a real and lasting difference across the organization. Today there are more than 70 ERG chapters and sub-groups, and each year nearly two-thirds of all employees attend at least one of the more than 100 programs they offer.

New York Life’s Black ERG is known as the Black Organization for Leadership and Development, or BOLD. BOLD’s mission is to build a foundation of engagement and encouragement for New York Life employees of African descent and their colleagues which serves as a catalyst for individual growth and empowerment while reinforcing New York Life's mission and values. 

BOLD’s signature program, NYL 360, empowers its membership through educational programming about New York Life, our leaders, our strategies, and career development opportunities. As part of the NYL 360 program, BOLD collaborated with the Agency business to create a wealth management and financial literacy program called Planning BOLDly Wealth Building Series. This program won external recognition, landing a Top 10 spot on Profiles in Diversity Journal’s Annual Innovations in Diversity Award List in 2019 — an award that recognizes organizations that have developed innovative solutions in the areas of workforce diversity, inclusion, and human equity.

Recruiting and retaining talent

Our success depends on a true culture of inclusion that reflects the communities we serve, and our commitment to encouraging, creating, and maintaining a diverse and truly inclusive work environment helps create opportunities for all.   

 A snapshot of New York Life’s commitment in this area, as of December 2023, includes:

  • 42% of all our employees are people of color.
  • 48% of all our agents are people of color.
  • 50% of our Board of Directors consists of women and people of color.


New York Life supports a wide variety of internship programs and positions across the company. A particularly noteworthy partnership we have is with Year Up, a non-profit organization focused on closing the opportunity divide by ensuring that young adults gain the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through careers and higher education.

Since initiating our relationship with Year Up, we have hired over 200 interns, with nearly half of these young professionals being placed in the company on a full-time or consultatant basis. 


We have partnerships with a number of organizations that support Black professionals including:

  • Executive Leadership Council
  • International Association of Black Actuaries
  • National Association of African Americans in Insurance
  • National Association of Black Accountants
  • Minority Corporate Counsel Association
  • Corporate Counsel Women of Color
  • The PhD Project

Recognition for company efforts including:

  • 2023 Forbes Best Employers for Diversity
  • 2023 Seramount's Best Companies for Multicultural Women
  • 2023 Top Performer Designation from the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
  • 2023 Leading Disability Employer from the National Organization on Disability
  • 2023 Seramount Top 75 Companies for Executive Women
  • 2023-2024 Corporate Equality Index Score of 100 from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation

Go back to our newsroom to read more stories.

Media contact

Lacey Siegel
New York Life Insurance Company
(212) 576-7937