AIG recently joined organizations around the world in a celebration of Global Diversity Awareness Month. A commitment to value the diversity of perspectives that come from all places and people is a core value at AIG. To help deliver on that commitment, the Americas Region held 48 internal events in Canada, the United States, and Latin America and the Caribbean designed to embrace and promote an inclusive, respectful, and productive environment.
Said Rob Schimek, President and CEO of the Americas, “Embracing diversity unlocks the power of our differences, which fuels innovative ideas and solutions. A diverse, inclusive, and open environment empowers us to leverage the full potential of all employees and create greater value for our customers.”
In Canada, colleagues in Toronto organized a Women & Allies Employee Resource Group (ERG) volunteer day at Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter, an organization that provides support and shelter for women and children escaping violence. 20 AIG colleagues dedicated time to organize food baskets for families, wrap presents, and cook lunch for the residents of the shelter.
Colleagues in the U.S. celebrated diversity through more than 20 events and initiatives across the country. Some highlights included the Chicago Women & Allies ERG honoring employees who have made significant contributions to AIG’s diversity commitment, the New York Latino Network ERG hosting a Flash Mentoring event where colleagues received professional career advice from a diverse group of AIG leaders, and Houston employees volunteering at a disability awareness event.
In Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), colleagues held 24 events ranging from diversity luncheons, to networking sessions to panel discussions, and more. These included the Miami office hosting a “pot luck” diversity luncheon featuring cuisine from Spain and countries across LAC, a Young Professionals ERG event in Argentina featuring a panel of young professional guest speakers from the insurance industry who shared their experiences and opinions about the challenges facing young professionals today, and a Diversity Tree in Colombia where colleagues could post different perspectives on diversity.