New York Life greatly benefits from an atmosphere of innovation driven by empowered employees from a wide range of backgrounds.

Gender diversity drives innovation and performance

In 2019, New York Life was voted one of the Top Companies for Women Technologists by Participating in this national program signals our deep commitment to diversity, equality, and inclusion and to supporting women technologists by implementing policies, procedures, and actions to drive progress.

Studies show that the representation of women technologists at every career level has steadily increased and that women now make up 25.1 percent of the technical workforce2. There have also been significant increases in Black and Latinx/Hispanic women technologists.

"The Data Science Academy is part of a cultural shift to generate a greater understanding of data science and to create an environment in which New York Life data scientists can thrive” - Rita Fuller, Head of Data Science Development

At New York Life, we are proud to have such innovative leaders as Mary Louie, Corporate Vice President and Manager of Data Science, and Rita Fuller, our Head of Data Science Development. Both women work within New York Life’s Center for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence and spearhead the company’s Data Science Academy.

“The Data Science Academy is part of a cultural shift to generate a greater understanding of data science and to create an environment in which New York Life data scientists can thrive,” explains Fuller.

“The program features two educational tracks. The technical track is for those who want to gain or improve their skillset in statistical modeling and machine learning. The business track introduces employees to case studies involving analytic solutions to foster an analytical mindset.”

Nurturing innovation across businesses

New York Life Investments’ Lauren Goodwin, Economist and Multi-Asset Portfolio Strategist, and Alexandra Wilson-Elizondo, Managing Director and Portfolio Manager at MacKay Shields, won the fifth annual Markets Choice: Women in Finance Awards (WIF) in the “Rising Star” and “Excellence in Fixed Income” categories, respectively.3 Wilson-Elizondo has also been recently recognized by Business Insider as one of the Rising Stars of Wall Street.4

“Lauren and Alexandra exhibit the trailblazing qualities of innovative and high-achieving women in finance with their leadership, dedication, performance, and investment acumen,” says Yie-Hsin Hung, CEO of New York Life Investment Management. “We are thrilled that they were recognized for their accomplishments and proud of the example they set for women at New York Life Investments and across the entire financial services industry.”

Women have been a proud part of New York Life’s success throughout the company’s history, from our first female agent, Minnie Tumbleson in 1891, to Anna Rusche, who became our first female general manager in 1923, and Mildred McAfee Horton, appointed our first female director in 1947.

Today, we’re furthering their legacies by empowering individuals, celebrating diversity and inclusion, and accelerating the innovations that will drive our organization forward.


1 Measure What Matters: Top Companies for Women Technologists 2019 Results,, September 2019, Accessed July 1, 2020 .  
2 Top Companies For Women Technologists: 2019 Key Findings and Insights,, September 2019, Accessed July 1, 2020.

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New York Life Insurance Company
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