Forbes - - PROMOTION -

for more than 140 years, Pru­den­tial, a pre­mier fi­nan­cial ser­vices com­pany, has pur­sued its foun­da­tional be­lief that fi­nan­cial se­cu­rity should be within ev­ery­one’s reach. this com­mit­ment em­braces build­ing both a work­force and cus­tomer base that are in­clu­sive and di­verse, where you can be your best and true self.

“di­ver­sity and in­clu­sion are strate­gic im­per­a­tives for Pru­den­tial,” says mil­ton “skip” ed­monds, who was named chief com­pli­ance of­fi­cer for Work­place so­lu­tions Group at Pru­den­tial in newark, nJ just over a year ago. “Pru­den­tial’s com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion to an in­clu­sive cul­ture at­tracts top per­form­ers to the firm,” says mr. ed­monds.

With eight em­ployee re­source groups who to­gether host an an­nual pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment con­fer­ence, the com­pany ded­i­cates sig­nif­i­cant re­sources to en­sure it of­fers an in­clu­sive en­vi­ron­ment. in ad­di­tion, the Black lead­er­ship fo­rum symposium hosts a two-day gath­er­ing that draws hun­dreds of em­ploy­ees from across the coun­try, in­clud­ing chair­man and ceo John strangfeld and mem­bers of his ex­ec­u­tive team. the highly an­tic­i­pated and vis­i­ble con­ven­ing is in its 15th year, and is a key tool for re­tain­ing top tal­ent, like ed­monds, who at­tended his first symposium weeks af­ter join­ing the firm. “the symposium was crit­i­cal in help­ing to ground me in Pru­den­tial’s cul­ture and bias to­ward in­clu­sion early in my ten­ure at the firm,” he added.

di­ver­sity and in­clu­sion are also reg­u­lar parts of the daily lives of the en­tire work­force. se­nior lead­er­ship rou­tinely dis­cusses en­hanc­ing a di­verse pipe­line of tal­ent. and the com­pany is ex­plor­ing ways to ex­pand its cus­tomer base as well. the firm’s Work­force so­lu­tions Group, whose pri­mary cus­tomers are in­sti­tu­tional clients, is in­creas­ingly fo­cused on reach­ing in­di­vid­ual em­ploy­ees of its client or­ga­ni­za­tions, which of­fers the po­ten­tial for in­creased out­reach to more di­verse mar­kets. “that’s where we see both the need and op­por­tu­nity,” ex­plains ed­monds, who is a mem­ber of the group.

Pru­den­tial’s com­mit­ment to in­clu­sion and di­ver­sity is rec­og­nized an­nu­ally with mul­ti­ple in­de­pen­dent awards and accolades, in­clud­ing rank­ings as a top com­pany for over­all di­ver­sity, veter­ans, lGBt, peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties, work­ing moth­ers, mul­ti­cul­tural women and women ex­ec­u­tives, among oth­ers. “i am more and more grate­ful for the op­por­tu­nity to work here,” says ed­monds.

Mil­ton “Skip” ed­monds Chief Com­pli­ance Of­fi­cer for Work­place So­lu­tions Group, Pru­den­tial

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