PRUDENTIAL’S INCLUSIVE CULTURE INSPIRES TOP TALENT AND SATISFIED CUSTOMERS
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