Scott Vowels
Kathleen Navarro
Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer
New York Life

Kathleen Navarro Brings People Together at New York Life

As the Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer for New York Life, Kathleen Navarro's approach to diversity is to build a strong foundation that embeds diversity and inclusion throughout an employee’s career. She believes the success that New York Life has achieved in diversifying its workforce is due to a comprehensive approach focusing equally on representation and belonging. Best practices differentiating the company include innovative employee campaigns to encourage authenticity and promote appreciation for the value of each other's differences.

In 2017, Navarro implemented #InclusionMatters which incorporated an interactive learning solution to help employees connect, learn about unconscious bias, and share stories of inclusion. The 2018 initiative is #BeYourself, which encourages employees to bring their authentic selves to work. Navarro is proud of the very successful ongoing "Coming Together" program her team launched in 2016. The program creates a safe forum for dialogue concerning sensitive and challenging issues, like hate crimes and racial anxiety. Speakers, sponsored research and a toolkit round out this robust program.

Favorite Quote:
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” — Maya Angelou