TIAA celebrated International Women’s Day (IWD) and Women’s History Month by hosting events in multiple offices worldwide (U.S. and India) that included guest speakers and networking opportunities for employees.
In honor of Women’s History Month, TIAA hosted 14 middle and high school young women from Girls Inc. of New York City (“Girls Inc.”) to help expand the students’ understanding of career options and their financial education and awareness. The two-hour speed mentoring event was designed to help students gain more exposure to college opportunities by learning from the mentors’ academic, personal and professional experiences.
The NYC students spent the afternoon on March 7th with TIAA employees gaining insights and participating in activities, such as how to set goals, make important life decisions, and the importance of mentors. At the end of the session, one of the students said the conversations helped her realize she wants to pursue international development in college. TIAA volunteers also left feeling inspired by the young women’s ambitions, maturity and achievements, reinforcing the great work Girls Inc. does for female enrichment.
Lori Fouche, SEVP and CEO of TIAA Financial Solutions, was one of about twenty TIAA volunteers at the event. She shared her unique personal journey of majoring in history and going on to become a leading executive in financial services, reinforcing to the group that the possibilities are endless when you combine education and career perseverance. The TIAA volunteers came from diverse career fields, including finance, marketing, cybersecurity, risk management, etc. For some of the students who weren’t certain about their aspirations, meeting and talking with women from diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, and career fields provided them with more insights into possible career paths. The speed mentoring event also allowed the young women to further develop their public speaking skills, grow confidence and share their own experiences and goals.
Girls Inc. facilitated the activities and incorporated guiding questions throughout the session to allow each participant to meet at least three TIAA employees. One of the volunteers, Tonya Murray, Senior Director of TIAA Institute Marketing, said she was inspired by the participants’ eagerness to share their stories, and appreciated the opportunity to present and represent women that look like them.
Girls Inc. inspires girls to be strong, smart, and bold, by equipping them with the tools to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers.
In addition to volunteer events during Women’s History Month, TIAA also hosted a Working Parents Forum with over 500 employees in attendance via phone, video conference and in person, to discuss work-life balance and workplace flexibility.
This year’s IWD celebrations not only recognized the social, economic and cultural achievements of women, but also called for more gender balance in our communities and the workplace.
In step with this year’s IWD theme “Balance for Better,” a group of TIAA female senior business leaders shared their personal experiences regarding Balance for Better during TIAA’s IWD kickoff event. Some of the insights shared included balancing perspectives and understanding how unconscious bias happens to everyone and how to be more sensitive to it. Participants also shared advice on gender balance and women being more supportive of each other and actively collaborating together. In addition, the IWD planning committee created a brief video with their wishes for women in 2019 – #mywishforwomen. In the spirit of unity, the TIAA women’s groups – Advance Employee Resource Group (ERG), LEAD ERG, Nurture ERG, IT Women’s Council and IWD Planning Committee came together to sponsor these special events.
Women’s History Month recognizes and celebrates the historical achievements of women, and originally began as a local celebration in Santa Rosa, California, then quickly grew nationwide.