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June 04, 2014

Securian Financial Group named employer of the year by Lifeworks Services

Company provides model of career opportunities for people with disabilities

ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Securian Financial Group’s long-standing practice of helping Minnesotans with developmental disabilities build careers earned the company the Employer of the Year award from Lifeworks Services, a nonprofit that matches its clients with disabilities with job openings throughout the Twin Cities and Mankato.

“Our goal is to integrate people with disabilities into every facet of community life with an emphasis on meaningful work and independence,” said Judy Lysne, president and CEO, Lifeworks Services, Inc. "It's not just about jobs; it's about careers. Securian has helped us realize that dream for our clients. As parents, it's what we imagine for all of our kids."

“When Lifeworks first began its partnership with Securian, the messenger position in Securian’s mail center was entry-level with a high turn-over rate,” said Beth Coppock, Lifeworks job coach. “We placed our clients in those positions, reducing the turn-over rate and bringing appreciation and enthusiasm to the job.” One by one Securian hired them, providing salaries and full benefits.

“At Securian, our Lifeworks associates enjoy not just a job, but a career,” said Barbara Baumann, Securian Financial Group, who chairs the Lifeworks board of directors. “Their work is solving a business problem for us, and it can lead to financial security and independent living for them.”

Lifeworks clients are matched with jobs at Securian with full pay and benefits. On-site coaches help them learn their jobs and all the other aspects of being employed, such as travelling to and from work. Currently, eight Lifeworks clients work in different areas of the company with an average tenure of 14 years.

About Securian Financial Group

Since 1880, Securian Financial Group and its affiliates have provided financial security for individuals and businesses in the form of insurance, investments and retirement plans. Now one of the nation’s largest financial services providers, Securian is the holding company parent of a group of companies that offer a broad range of financial services.

About Lifeworks Services

Lifeworks is a Minnesota nonprofit organization that helps over 2,300 people with disabilities live fuller lives integrated into the flow of community experience. For nearly 50 years, Lifeworks has been providing the tools its clients need to pursue fulfilling work in the community, rewarding social and educational experiences, and increased independence.

DOFU 6-2014 A03054-0614

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