Kathleen Navarro, Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer & Head of Talent Management at New York Life, leading the company’s integrated talent management and diversity and inclusion strategies. Ms. Navarro heads up the company’s Executive Talent & Diversity Council and works closely with New York Life’s business areas to align talent and diversity initiatives with business goals. 

Ms. Navarro joined New York Life in 1994 and has held a variety of finance, strategy, and operations roles spanning Insurance and Agency, Investments, and Corporate Departments. Prior to becoming Chief Diversity Officer, Ms. Navarro co-led New York Life’s employee resource group for women. 

Ms. Navarro holds an MBA in Accountancy from Baruch College Zicklin School of Business, a B.S. in Statistics and Management from New York University Stern School of Business, and a certification in Building & Leading Diverse Organizations from the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education. She sits on the board of the National Diversity Council and is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, Financial Women’s Association, 30% Club Steering Committee, ACLI Chief Diversity Officer Big Think Group, and Gartner Talent and D&I Councils. She has been recognized as a Top 10 Champion of Global Diversity by DiversityGlobal, a Top Executive in Corporate Diversity by Black Enterprise, a Top 50 Chief Diversity Officer by the National Diversity Council, and included on the Most Powerful & Influential Women list by the National Diversity Council.


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