Is your leadership team committed to diversity? What are you doing in your company to make sure everyone feels included? What are your most important values as they relate to diversity and inclusion?
These questions and more are front and center as part of the CEO Action for Diversity & InclusionTM pledge. This pledge—the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace—is driven by the realization that addressing diversity and inclusion is not a competitive issue, but a societal one.
Nearly 2,000 chief executive officers (CEOs) and presidents of the world’s leading companies and organizations are leveraging their individual and collective voices to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace, recognizing that change starts at the executive level.
Earlier this year, the Society of Actuaries (SOA) CEO Gregory Heidrich signed the pledge as part of the SOA’s strategic initiative to increase diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in the actuarial profession. “The CEO Action pledge will be a platform for the SOA to share the work we are doing on DEI and learn best practices,” Heidrich says.
Did You Know?
Equitable employers outrank their competitors by respecting the unique needs, perspectives and potential of all team members. As a result, diverse and inclusive workplaces earn deeper trust and more commitment from their employees.
Visit the SOA’s DEI page to see how the SOA is bringing its diversity and inclusion statement to life through its events, scholarship program and committee work.
Save the Date
Mark your calendar and join us for DEI events at upcoming SOA meetings. This year’s Health Meeting will take place in June, during Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBTQ+) Pride Month, when we honor and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community. More information will be available throughout the year, so visit these websites often.
- Health Meeting LGBTQ+ Allies Event, June 14–16, 2021
- 2021 Life Meeting, Aug. 30–Sept. 1, 2021
- 2021 Annual Meeting & Exhibit, Oct. 24–27, 2021
The CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion resources page has a variety of ways you can learn and get involved in the diversity and inclusion effort, including videos, quizzes, podcasts and more.
Acceptance is Key
“The SOA believes that we best fulfill our mission when we are diverse and inclusive of all individuals,” Heidrich notes. “Openness to and acceptance of diverse perspectives, cultures and backgrounds helps to attract the best talent and ensures the overall inclusivity of the actuarial profession.”
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