New York Life
Headquarters: New York, New York
CEO: Ted Mathas
Her Credentials: BA, Indiana University; MBA, Rutgers University
Her Philosophy: Employees who are more engaged are happier and more productive. Employee resource groups (ERGs) and D&I programming help employees connect with people outside their normal network, which is energizing and rewarding.
Over the past year, Wendy Wong has worked closely with the CEO of New York Life Investments to expand women’s network programming and organize programming tailored to employees on the investment management side of the business. The division’s goal was to complement the programming the women’s network already had in place with programming that would help foster networking and engagement within the Investments group and raise awareness regarding the kinds of career paths available in the financial services industry.
In its inaugural year, the team established peer leadership circles (mentoring), hosted professional development panels to address careers in portfolio management and research, encouraged participation in external professional organizations, and hosted networking and volunteering events to build relationships and foster engagement.
In 2020, New York Life Investments will continue to focus on professional development, mentoring, and relationship-building. In addition, the division plans to engage a wider range of employees, including men and members of ERGs.