Originally published: 7/16/2020, Updated: 3/7/2022.

Throughout our over 177-year history, New York Life has strived to create an atmosphere of innovation, driven by empowered employees. We know inclusivity boosts innovation across the business – that’s why our top innovators come from a wide range of diverse backgrounds.

Gender diversity drives innovation and performance at New York Life

In 2021, New York Life was voted one of the Top Companies for Women Technologists by AnitaB.org.1 Participating in this national program signals our deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and to supporting women technologists by implementing policies, procedures, and actions to drive progress.

There has been a steady increase in the representation of women technologists at every career level in companies and women now make up 25.1 percent of the technical workforce2. There have also been significant increases in Black and Latinx/Hispanic women technologists.

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 within our Strategic Capabilities area. Both women play a key role in  New York Life’s Center for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence.

“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 main 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 you to case studies involving analytic solutions to foster an analytical mindset.”

Nurturing innovation across the business

At New York Life Investment Management, Lauren Goodwin, Director, Economist and Multi-Asset Portfolio Strategistwon the fifth annual Markets Choice: Women in Finance Awards (WIF) in the “Rising Star” category.3

Women have always been a proud part of New York Life’s success throughout our history, from our first female agent, Minnie Tumbleson in 1868, 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 creating a new positive legacy, where individuals are empowered, differences are celebrated, and women are accelerating the innovations that will drive our organization forward.


1 Measure What Matters: Top Companies for Women Technologists 2019 Results, AnitaB.org

2 Top Companies For Women Technologists: 2019 Key Findings and Insights, AnitaB.org, September 2019, Accessed July 1, 2020.


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Kevin Maher
New York Life Insurance Company
(212) 576-6955

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