Securian Financial’s diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) program centers on applying our company’s shared values — trust, strength, integrity, quality, respect and community — to help engrain DEI into our DNA.
This requires us to continually build a culture that embraces all dimensions of DEI. It’s a multi-faceted effort that engages employees from many corners of our business, and our employee resource groups (ERGs) play a critical role. We’ll feature each of our six ERGs here throughout the year, and we’re kicking off the series with the Securian Multicultural Network.
Spotlight on the Securian Multicultural Network
The Securian Multicultural Network (SMN) advocates and provides a safe space for people of color at Securian Financial.
- As an advocate for Securian Financial’s multicultural community, the group drives DEI efforts with programs designed to create a more inclusive workplace, provide business value and support the enterprise’s strategic goals.
- As a safe space for Securian Financial’s multicultural community, SMN seeks to understand and actively support its members’ needs and facilitate relationship-building across the enterprise by supporting networking and mentorship opportunities.
The Securian Multicultural Network works to build a strong, diverse and inclusive community at our company. It aspires to foster a sense of belonging for all our employees. Securian Multicultural Network’s 2022 goals include:
- Increasing managers' participation in SMN events
- Adding networking opportunities for members
- Continuing its strong community outreach programs
Carlos Gee, SMN education committee co-chair, says, “I joined the Securian Multicultural Network to get more fully engrained in the company and to help impact culture and diversity. Over the past few years, I have been able to work with and get to know many individuals and cross-functional teams that I may have otherwise never come across in my day-to-day role.”
As we all know, 2020 was a rough year. After the George Floyd murder and during civil unrest, SMN and Securian Financial's DEI Council created listening sessions to support Securian employees and provide a safe space to share their feelings and concerns. This had a significant influence on our culture-building with a total of 10 sessions and 613 participants.
Since 2019, SMN has worked with SafeZone/Face to Face, a drop-in center for homeless youth located a block away from Securian’s downtown St. Paul headquarters. From decorating the center in celebration of Black History Month, to a “Spread the Love” sandwich making day organized alongside another ERG, the Securian Young Professionals Network, SMN diligently works to build its relationship with SafeZone.
The group also leads the annual Securian-wide SafeZone Hygiene Drive, which has resulted in thousands of dollars and hygiene products being donated by Securian employees to make life a little easier for youth in our community.