Diversity Champion Finalist
Jackson national life insurance
Insurance company Year founded:1961 Employees:4,200
When Jackson National Life Insurance launched its first business resource associate group, the company needed to decide whether management would direct the group’s governance or give more voice to the associates.
“We chose the latter,” said Drew Bowden, Jackson’s senior vice president and general counsel.
Mr. Bowden, who leads the company’s diversity and inclusion council, said, “I’ve been impressed with the passion, creativity and commitment to other colleagues and our organizational culture.”
The first BRAG, the Empower Network, was designed to promote women’s leadership skills through education, professional development and member experiences. Three further BRAGs have followed. In April, Jackson launched VIBE, or Visions in Black Excellence, and Jackson Young Professionals, for networking and professional development. The most recent BRAG, Jackson Pride, supports LGBTQ associates.
Inclusivity is a hallmark of the BRAGs, which send a powerful signal to employees that they are valued and belong. The groups also provide opportunities for networking, mentoring and exposure to senior levels of management, since all BRAGs are supported by at least one executive sponsor.
Contact Patrick Rich, director of external communications, at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about the firm's diversity and inclusion initiatives.
— Vanessa Drucker