NGLCC Convenes Leadership of Diverse Groups at New York Stock Exchange to Honor Diversity in Financial Services
Tonight the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) hosted its annual Diversity & Leadership in Financial Services Awards at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), but with one very important addition. This year the NGLCC invited collaborating partners representing other diverse segments, including the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the U.S. Business Leadership Network: Disability at Work, the U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce, and the National Black Justice Coalition to be collaborating partners on the first-ever cross segment diversity event in the financial services industry.
The day started with an afternoon best practices executive roundtable among collaborating organizations and top corporate diversity leaders. Following the roundtable, leadership of the NGLCC and collaborating organizations rang the NYSE Closing Bell™. Today’s bell ringing marked the first time in the nearly 220-year history of the NYSE that these communities have jointly participated in this ceremony watched by over 150 million people worldwide every day.
The evening began with a reception on the NYSE Trading Floor, followed by the Awards Dinner in the NYSE Club that recognized excellence among top financial institutions in fostering cross-segment diversity. “Recognizing financial services companies that share our collective commitment to ensuring an equal opportunity for diverse communities to succeed as business owners, entrepreneurs and employees is an important milestone in our nation’s economic recovery,” said Justin Nelson, co-founder and president of the NGLCC. 2011 Awardees included:
Financial Services Diversity Corporation of the Year: honoring a corporation for its outstanding support and dedication to ensuring fairness and equality to all persons, regardless of race, background, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.
ING was recognized for its diversity in its workforce, supplier network, and its partnerships with nonprofit organizations serving people from all backgrounds and walks of life. In additon, ING’s programming that empowers individuals through education, financial literacy, and financial planning -- with special attention to the needs of young multicultural people -- was noted as highlights in the company’s selection.
"We're honored to receive this recognition for our diversity and inclusion efforts," said Rob Leary, CEO, ING Insurance U.S. "Leveraging the skills and talents of our employees, including providing a fair and respectful environment is at the heart of our core business principles. We understand that our strategic commitment to diversity and inclusion helps us better serve our stakeholders and compete in the global marketplace. Recognition like this encourages ING to set the bar even higher in this area."
Corporate Leader of the Year: saluting a corporate champion who has demonstrated commitment and forethought in developing unique and creative programs and resources for inclusion of all employees.
- Donna Griffin, Senior Vice
President and Chief Diversity Officer of Chubb Group Insurance Companies
Griffin was chosen for her proven track record of effecting positive cultural change and an ability to create and drive long-term diversity strategies with a global perspective. Of particular note was her understanding of particular challenges facing women in business. Griffin is the founding corporate sponsor of Chubb’s Black Employee Network and has served on Chubb’s Women's Development Council, and the Gay and Lesbian Employee Network.
Program Initiative of the Year: recognizing a company for an innovative program or initiative designed to help employees, customers, suppliers or the public at-large succeed in life and/or business.
- Capital One’s Future Leaders Forum for Young Women
The forum has touched the lives of over fifteen hundred youth in the Richmond, Virginia area since its inception six years ago. The forum is dedicated to the leadership development of young women from low to moderate-income households. Core messages encourage young women to explore their leadership strengths, overcoming obstacles and challenges, and discovering their identity and purpose. The forum also provides educational workshops centered around financial education, networking and counteracting stereotypes.
“The commitment of the financial services industry in supporting diversity is truly historic,” says Chance Mitchell, co-founder of the NGLCC. “We hope other industries will take their lead, continuing to make this country a land of opportunity for every citizen.”
In addition, United States Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) was recognized with the Congressional Diversity Champion Award for his commitment and work to empower diverse communities through economics.
“As our economy begins to show real signs of recovery, there is no better time to ensure that leaders from Wall Street to Washington, DC, know that the millions of businesses owned by diverse Americans are a vibrant part of the small business engine that makes our U.S. economy run. There is no one better in the U.S. Senate that embodies that understanding and commitment to forward momentum for all Americans than U.S. Senator Robert Menendez,” said Nelson in his introduction of the senator.
About the NGLCC
The NGLCC is the business advocate and direct link between LGBT business owners, corporations and government. The NGLCC represents the interests of more than 1.4 million LGBT-owned businesses in the United States and is the umbrella organization for 61 state, local and international LGBT chambers of commerce and business organizations. For more information on the NGLCC, to learn how to become a NGLCC certified business or for information on becoming a corporate partner, please visit www.nglcc.org or call 202.234.9181. Follow the NGLCC on Twitter @NGLCC or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nglcc.
Audria Belton Benn