Diversity in the Workplace at American Family
Diversity plays a vital role in every level of our organization, and we continue to explore new ways to provide valuable training and development opportunities to our workforce. Through mentoring programs, professional development, training, business resource groups, promotions, job transfers and other avenues, you'll find great opportunities to interact with and learn from your colleagues.
Executive Diversity Champions
Mary Schmoeger, Executive Vice President
American Family Insurance has been strengthening its diversity and inclusion initiatives with the help of highly dedicated executives. These supportive leaders are involved in all aspects of our diversity programs, including monitoring diversity results, setting expectations for company management and considering diversity as a factor in every business initiative.
The executives team also provides visible support for diversity in hiring, supplier programs, talent development and other initiatives.
When you look at our markets and our customers, it's obvious how diverse they are. If we want to serve these customers well and maintain their trust in us, we need to welcome and promote various perspectives and approaches from within our organization.
Business Resource Groups
American Family supports the formation of employee networks as an ongoing resource for the company in meeting its business objectives. Our Business Resource Groups (BRG) support the company's vision, mission, values and diversity strategy. They foster engagement, inclusion and development while offering opportunities for networking and relationship building. Our Multicultural BRG, Women's BRG, ONE Family BRG (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and allied) and Veteran and Military BRG have more than 650 members and are inclusive communities of employees from all levels of the organization that:
Here's what a few of our employees have to say about their experience with the Business Resource Groups:
"My engagement has trended upwards since I joined the company in 2003 because of the difference we are allowed to make to the company's mission, and the tremendous opportunities that are available here. My involvement with the multicultural BRG has been a catalyst for increasing my organizational awareness, professional and leadership development."
Pavi Misra, Application Development Engineer Specialist
"I've developed a lot of essential skills from my role in the WBRG, such as project management, committee leadership, public speaking and networking. It's really gratifying when people attend events I've helped plan and get something out of them."
Bridget O’Malley, Casualty Policy and Procedure Administrator
"BRGs can be sources of talent diversity, leading to richer solutions and alternatives. BRG members have opportunities to get to know and work with people from different corporate areas and locations. They have opportunities to develop lasting business relationships they would not otherwise have. They also have exposure to corporate leaders from other divisions and locations."
Mark Baker, Change and Configuration Management Specialist