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Diversifying the financial services industry

A $3 million contribution helps attract and train Black financial professionals

Securian Financial is committed to diversifying the makeup of our business and our industry to better reflect the people and communities we serve.

Fulfilling that commitment means continually seeking and engaging in meaningful actions. Recently, that took the shape of a $3 million contribution alongside the Securian Financial Foundation to the American College Center for Economic Empowerment and Equality. The Center works to narrow the wealth gap among underserved communities and promote upward mobility for Black Americans. 

The contribution will support the Center for Economic Empowerment and Equality’s programs that attract and train Black Americans for careers as financial professionals. The objective is to create a more diverse financial services industry that can help close the racial wealth gap and improve economic equity. 

“We have a responsibility and an opportunity to help dismantle the systemic racism that has prevented Black Americans from achieving prosperity, and this contribution is one action we’re taking to address it,” explains Nicole Hansen, Securian Financial Foundation executive director and Securian Financial director of community engagement.

Securian’s commitment spans six years as a lead funding sponsor of the Center.

“Six years allows us to provide a deep commitment toward recruiting and developing more Black financial professionals, which will better the industry and society as a whole,” says Dexter Davis, Securian Financial chief diversity officer and second vice president of talent acquisition. “We need to bring more people currently underrepresented and underserved into this important market.”

Beyond financial contributions

Securian’s commitment to the Center for Economic Empowerment and Equality goes beyond dollars to include extending our long-time sponsorship of the Conference of African American Financial Professionals (CAAFP) through 2026. The CAAFP provides learning opportunities, networking and fellowship for Black financial professionals. 

The 16th annual conference takes place August 8-10, 2022 in Washington, D.C. 

Learn more about the CAAFP

DEI in action

Securian Financial is committed to a continual journey to build DEI into our DNA.

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Nicole Hansen and Dexter Davis are Securian Financial employees and therefore have a financial connection to Securian Financial. Their statements were given freely.

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