Today, 60.6 million* people–or 18.5 percent*–of the American population have origins that are Hispanic, a term that refers to people who identify as Mexican, Mexican-American, Chicano, Puerto Rican, Cuban, or Latin American. That makes the Hispanic population our nation’s largest and fastest-growing community, underscoring the growing importance of National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Hispanic Heritage Month is usually a time for celebrations, parades, festivals, and live performances of Hispanic and Latinx culture.  At New York Life, we believe appreciating cultural uniqueness makes workplaces throughout America stronger. Hispanic Heritage Month is a vital component of our commitment to educate our colleagues about the richness of Latinx cultures and foster an environment where Latinx employees are invited to celebrate their identities.

We are enriched by the work of our Latinos for Excellence, Advancement & Development (LEAD) Employee Resource Group, which supports, motivates, and empowers Latinx and Hispanic employees at all levels within New York Life, providing resources, leadership opportunities, and avenues for professional development.

This year New York Life hosted several events with online viewing options to honor this heritage month including: "LEAD Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger NYL with Dr. Juana Borda" Professional Development speaker, Dr. Juana Bordas.   Her book "Salsa, Soul and Spirit: Leadership for a Multicultural Age won the International Latino Book Award for best leadership book. There was also a celebrity chef event: :Latino Cultural Market Presents: Cooking with Chef Aaron Sanchez" as well as a walkathon to support the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute.

Visit the official Hispanic Heritage Month site to learn more about one of the fastest growing groups of Americans, and to appreciate their many contributions to our nation. 


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Lacey Siegel
New York Life Insurance Company
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