US ICMIF member Securian Financial is a “Top Company for Women Technologists” according to AnitaB.org, a nonprofit social enterprise committed to increasing the representation of women technologists in the global workforce.
AnitaB.org recognized Securian Financial and 79 other companies recently as part of the nonprofit’s annual program identifying key national trends on women working in technology. First launched in 2011, the Top Companies for Women Technologists program helps organisations identify areas where they can improve while demonstrating a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
“I am very proud of the work we are doing to build upon our legacy of empowering women in technology,” said Sid Gandhi, Securian Financial’s Chief Strategy and Enterprise Technology Officer. “The diversity of our team has fuelled our enterprise technology transformation, and we will continue to strive to grow a diverse and inclusive workforce.”
Securian Financial, one of the top five overall scorers in its size category, joins the ranks of other top-scoring companies this year including Airbnb, Bank of America, GEICO, Google, IBM, State Farm and others. Securian Financial earned particularly high marks on its recruiting practices and flex-time work options. Women have accounted for 54% of Securian Financial’s technical hires this year, and the company has made workplace flexibility a priority—including establishing core collaboration hours to allow for more flexibility at the beginning and end of the workday.
To keep the momentum going, Securian Financial’s enterprise technology team is exploring new ideas.
“The AnitaB.org program has helped us benchmark where we are on gender diversity and where we still need to go,” said Anna Sullivan, Securian Financial’s Director of Enterprise Technology Resource and Vendor Management. “It is rewarding to work at a company that aspires to create an inclusive culture for all employees and puts resources toward getting there.”
Pictured from left to right:
Karen Jakubowsky, Engineer – Application Infrastructure (and IWiT* co-lead); Michelle Koob, Application Analyst (and IWiT* co-lead); Jaime Proman, Sr. Director, Enterprise Strategy; Jennifer Lastine, Sr. Director, Enterprise Function Technology; Heidi Christopherson, Sr. Director, Institutional Market Technology; Anna Sullivan, Director, Resource and Vendor Management (Securian lead for this year’s AnitaB.org program);
*IWiT (Inspiring Women in Technology) is a Securian Financial “Associate Resource Group” with a purpose to provide a resource for Securian Financial associates who are interested in promoting, educating and empowering women in technical roles at Securian Financial and in the broader community.
About top companies for women technologists
AnitaB.org Top Companies for Women Technologists is a national programme in the US that recognises companies committed to building workplaces where women in technology roles can thrive. The program uses rigorous methodology to analyse data from participating organisations and produce insights across three key areas: representation, employee workplace experience, and programs and policies.
AnitaB.org is a nonprofit social enterprise committed to increasing the representation of women technologists in the global workforce. AnitaB.org engages with tens of thousands of women and leading organizations around the world to build diverse and inclusive workplace cultures. Founded in 1997 by our namesake, computer science visionary Anita Borg, our organisation works toward a future where the teams that create technology mirror the people and societies for whom they build it.
About Securian Financial
At Securian Financial, we’re here for family. And we’re here because of it. We’re guided by our purpose: helping customers build secure tomorrows. Since 1880, we’ve been building a uniquely diversified company that has outlasted economic ups and downs while staying true to our customers. We’re committed to the markets we serve, providing insurance, investment and retirement solutions that give families the confidence to focus on what’s truly valuable: banking memories with those who matter most.
Securian Financial is the marketing name for Securian Financial Group, Inc. and affiliates. Insurance products are issued by its affiliated insurance companies, including Minnesota Life Insurance Company and Securian Life Insurance Company, a New York authorized insurer. Securities and investment advisory services offered through Securian Financial Services, Inc., registered investment advisor, member FINRA/SIPC.