Manulife just appointed Michelle Taylor-Jones to vice president of global diversity, equity, and inclusion.
For many years the financial sector has been called out for not promoting diversity within its corporate ranking, particularly within executive leadership. Amid the recent Black Lives Matter protests that began in June, many companies have switched the narrative when it comes to diversifying their workforce.
Canadian multinational insurance and finance giant, Manulife is taking the necessary steps to create change through their new appointment of Michelle Taylor-Jones.
According to Black Enterprise, the Toronto-based company announced that Taylor-Jones will now lead a number of initiatives with the company as a component of its DEI strategy. She will be utilizing over 20 years of experience as an executive leader who has specialized in executive recruiting, small business banking, and talent management, for various Fortune 500 companies including Dell Technologies.
“We are focused on expanding our diversity of talent and building an even stronger, inclusive culture that will help us not only foster strong connections for all of us, but also enable greater innovation, growth, and ultimately a stronger company,” said Taylor-Jones via email with Black Enterprise.
“We believe that diversity is not just a key enabler, but when done right, is a differentiator for our business,” Taylor-Jones said. “It drives innovation, collaboration, and high-performance. And, empowering employees by way of engaging Employee Resource Groups as ambassadors will impact talent, culture, customers, and our communities.”