SPRINGFIELD, Mass. Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) announced that its Latino employee resource group (ERG)—Association of Latinos at MassMutual and Allies (ALMMA)—has been recognized on its first attempt as one of 2015’s Top 25 U.S. ERGs and Diversity Councils by the Association of ERGs & Councils, a Prism International, Inc. partner company
Named 12th among over 538 participants, MassMutual is recognized as a company that has demonstrated diversity and inclusion results in their workforce, workplace and marketplace and has emerged as one of the top Latino employers in the country.
“We are proud to see one of our employee resource groups, which are certainly successful internally, getting recognized by this prestigious industry organization, especially to be among so many impressive diversity and inclusion organizations and initiatives from a variety of industries,” said Lorie Valle-Yañez, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at MassMutual. “It is an honor to be named among the top organizations setting the standards in diversity and inclusion.”
“We have worked diligently to transition from Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) to Business Employee Resource Groups (BERGs), emphasizing integration and alignment with the company’s strategic objectives,” said Sylena Echevarria, Assistant Vice President, MassMutual Business Strategy & Support and Chair of ALMMA. “This award speaks to the remarkable work being done by the passionate and dedicated members of our ERG, and the difference we are making within our company.”
The ERG & Council Honors Awards recognize and honor contributions and achievements of U.S. Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), Business Resource Groups (BRGs) and Diversity Councils. Through MassMutual’s ALMMA, members promote inclusion among all employees, and provide mentoring, volunteer and development opportunities to employees, while contributing to the company’s strategic business objectives. In addition, the support from top leaders at the company, including ALMMA’s Executive Sponsor, Betsy Ward, EVP, Chief Enterprise risk Officer and Chief Actuary has been instrumental in this process. ALMMA is one of nine different ERGs, all formed to encourage employees with similar backgrounds or interests to contribute to the company’s culture, the community and corporate business strategy.
MassMutual’s holistic approach to diversity and inclusion is demonstrated through its continued expansion of mentorships, early-mid career programs, and scholarship and educational reimbursement programs, as well as community initiatives such as the FutureSmart Challenge, the Career Pathways programs, Junior Achievement, LifeBridgeSM Free Life Insurance Program, and MassMutual Scholars Program, which help provide education and resources to children and families across the U.S.