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Chris Gandy to Receive the 2022 NAIFA Diversity Champion Award

By NAIFA on 10/21/22 12:01 PM

Christopher Gandy, LACP, Founder of Midwest Legacy Group in Lisle, IL, and the top-ranked producer for OneAmerica, has been recognized as the NAIFA Diversity Champion for 2022.

Gandy, a loyal NAIFA member since 2003, serves on NAIFA’s Board of Trustees, is a Past President of NAIFA-Chicagoland, and is a Co-Chair of NAIFA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Council. He was also a member of the NAIFA 2025 Strategic Planning Committee, which developed the NAIFA 2025 strategic plan with a goal of increasing DEI in the association and industry. After four years as a student-athlete at the University of Illinois and playing several seasons of professional basketball for the Chicago Bulls and the San Antonio Spurs as well as in L’Hermaine, France, Gandy entered the insurance and financial services profession in 1999.

Topics: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Awards Press Release
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NAIFA Works on Multiple Fronts to Serve the Hispanic Population

By NAIFA on 9/15/22 2:42 PM

NAIFA is proud to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 - October 15. 

Topics: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Press Release
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Meet Loyal NAIFA Member Angela White

By Ronan Friend on 9/6/22 10:00 AM

Angela White is committed to recruiting diverse talent into the insurance and financial services industry and making sure they have the resources they need to succeed.

Getting Started

After several years in sales, White took a job recruiting agents and fell in love with the industry. She’s motivated by a genuine drive to connect with people and have meaningful conversations. She seeks out underrepresented talent—women, people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals—and finds ways to set them up for success.

Topics: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Member Spotlight Member Profile Loyal Member Profile
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NAIFA Is a Proud Sponsor of TJ Johnson as Announced at The American College's 2022 CAAFP

By Suzanne Carawan on 8/9/22 6:28 PM

The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) is proud to announce its participation in The American College of Financial Services' sixteenth annual Conference of African American Financial Professionals. The event is being held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. this week and is attended by many NAIFA members and association partners.

NAIFA is a benefactor this year and provided a scholarship to Mitrick "TJ" Johnson, a rising senior at Alabama A&M University. The HBCU institution is a traditional 1890 land grant university established the same year as NAIFA and greatly expanded the efforts of its 1879 founder, Dr. William Hooper Councill, into creating a sustainable institution focused on teaching, research, and public service. 

Topics: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion American College Future Leaders 2025 Strategic Plan
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Upcoming DEI Webinar Features NAIFA Members Toni Gonzales and Kristen Hall Eskew

By NAIFA on 8/4/22 2:47 PM

On August 10, 2022, tune in for "DEI Success: From Making a Great Hire to Serving a Wider Audience."

Presented by InsuranceNewsNet, this special webinar will feature two NAIFA members: Kristen Hall Eskew, Vice President of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging at OneDigital, and Toni L. Gonzales, MBA, LACP, Vice President of Sales at Ohio National Financial Services and Vice President of Women in Insurance and Financial Services (WIFS).

Topics: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Members Webinar
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The Coalition for Equity in Wholesaling Promotes Diversity in Insurance & Financial Services

By NAIFA on 7/26/22 10:00 AM

NAIFA is a proud member of the Coalition for Equity in Wholesaling (CEW), a group founded by Equitable to increase the number of diverse professionals in the role of insurance wholesaler. Wholesalers play an important role by building relationships with insurance and financial advisors and providing them with insurance and investment products that meet the specific needs of consumers. These partnerships are key to ensuring that all Americans have access to insurance and financial products, services, and advice. 

Topics: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
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NAIFA Expands its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Efforts through New Outreach to Financial Services Professionals and Prospective Professionals

By NAIFA on 7/15/22 9:01 AM

NAIFA Invites Women and Hispanic Agents and Advisors to Two New Programs in August

The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) has announced the addition of two programs that will run on Tuesday, August 16th pre-conference to its upcoming Apex event being held in Phoenix, Arizona. The sessions focus on raising awareness for state, interstate, and federal advocacy and stress the importance of financial advisors to get involved, starting with voting, in the political process.

The first session focuses on women working in the financial services industry and emphasizes why now, more than ever, it is critical for women advisors to be the voice of the clients in their care. The session will be co-led by NAIFA and the Women in Insurance and Financial Services (WIFS) and features Diane Boyle, Senior Vice President, NAIFA Government Relations, and Toni Gonzales, MBA, LACP, Vice President, Ohio National Financial Services, both of whom are members of both NAIFA and WIFS.

The second session focuses on issues critical to Hispanic advisors and agents. Focusing on the need to get involved in grassroots efforts and build long-term relationships with legislators and regulators, the session will feature Aprilyn Chavez Geissler, NAIFA Trustee and First EVP, Gateway Financial Advisors, and Jose Rodriguez, Jr., Optimized Financial and Insurance Services, as well as Diane Boyle.

Topics: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
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A Question of Ethics: Moving Through the Second Quarter

By Frank C. Bearden, Ph.D., CLU, ChFC on 6/23/22 10:00 AM

Examples of Following the Code

NAIFA Foundation for Financial Security

The first example of ethical behavior comes from a decision by NAIFA to form the NAIFA Foundation for Financial Security, which is intended to grow the number of ethical financial services professionals to better serve American households and small businesses.

The Foundation is intended to increase the number of practicing advisors and will advance financial literacy and promote financial security among all Americans, with an emphasis on traditionally underserved and underrepresented populations. To this end, NAIFA returned for NAIFA's 7th Annual Diversity Symposium on May 23, 2022. 

Topics: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Ethics Federal Advocacy NAIFA Foundation
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NAIFA Hosts 7th Annual Diversity Symposium

By NAIFA on 5/23/22 9:00 AM

The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) is pleased to return in-person for our NAIFA’s 7th Annual Diversity Symposium on May 23, 2022, in Washington, D.C. Presented by NAIFA’s Talent Development Center, NAIFA’s 7th Annual Diversity Symposium will focus on the importance of promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) within the insurance and financial services industry to provide opportunities for financial security to all Americans.

Topics: Talent Development Center Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Press Release
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Register Now for NAIFA's 7th Annual Diversity Symposium

By NAIFA on 5/5/22 10:15 AM

Don’t miss NAIFA’s 7th Annual Diversity Symposium on May 23, 2022, in Washington, D.C. Each year, NAIFA spotlights the importance of promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion within the insurance and financial services industry to provide opportunities for financial security to all Americans.

This year’s event will take place on May 23, immediately followed by the kickoff of NAIFA’s 2022 Annual Congressional Conference. Join powerful industry DEI thought leaders for this free event.

Topics: Talent Development Center Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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