Empowering women at work
Securian Financial has two employee resource groups that support and encourage women in their professional development. Open to all employees, these groups offer resources and host discussions to promote critical behaviors that help create a gender equal workforce.
Women in STEM Alliance
The Women in STEM Alliance (WiSTEM) promotes, educates and empowers women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics at Securian Financial and in the broader community. It has a goal of supporting the attraction and retention of a diverse, talented workforce.
The group’s community outreach efforts include supporting Technovation[MN] and the Minnesota chapter of Aspirations in Computing (AiC). Technovation[MN] inspires teen girls to design, create and pitch mobile apps, and WiSTEM provided mentors and judges for the organization’s main event, Appapalooza.
At a virtual career readiness event hosted with AiC last year, women working in various STEM roles at Securian Financial connected with high school girls about their career paths and how they use innovation and creativity in their jobs. This summer, WiSTEM is excited to welcome its first AiC intern.
Women RISE (which stands for reach, inspire, support and empower) supports and empowers the women of Securian Financial by championing a culture where all women are valued, promoted and encouraged to build successful careers and achieve their goals. The group sponsors book circles focused on career development, hosts informational sessions with female leaders and “how-to” courses for building skillsets with a focus on issues like networking, advocating for yourself, dealing with imposter syndrome, importance of allies and having effective mentoring relationships.