NAIFA’s Diversity & Inclusion Task Force was first developed in 2000. The NAIFA 20/20 Strategic Plan called for the creation of the Task Force as a permanent part of NAIFA's business plan. The Task Force's goal under the plan is to chart a course to develop an association membership that represents Main Street USA and promotes financial security for all Americans by advocating for the 90 million American families that our members' industry serves. The Task Force created a prominent and successful NAIFA diversity program and continues its good work after rebranding as NAIFA's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council.
The first Diversity Symposium was held in May 2017. Since that time, NAIFA has hosted at least one symposium each year. Even during the pandemic, the Diversity Symposium took on a virtual format. The initial purpose of the symposium was to provide participants with a forum to discuss strategies for creating and promoting diversity in the financial services industry. The program also serves as a resource for insurance and financial professionals to promote NAIFA's mission to provide financial security for all Americans.
The symposia have featured notable keynotes from industry professionals and DEI experts, as well as panel discussions featuring our members and advocacy partners. NAIFA was thrilled to come back to an in-person symposium in May 2022 in Washington, D.C., with support from Ameritas, AFLAC, and Equitable. Please visit the archives for on-demand content from the 7th Annual DEI Symposium.
This award recognizes exceptional efforts to promote the full and equal participation of diverse people within the insurance and financial advising profession. First awarded in 2017, the Diversity Champion, recognizes the value of our differences, and advocates for all members of our community. NAIFA embraces inclusion for all, including those who experience discrimination or under-representation.