Her leadership has fostered organizational change, instilled commitment, encouraged advocacy, and sparked innovation that has positively impacted the work environment and health of the community
Springfield, MA (Vocus) July 21, 2010
Lorie Valle-Yañez, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual), was recognized as a Most Powerful and Influential Woman by the Tri-State Diversity Council.
“Her leadership has fostered organizational change, instilled commitment, encouraged advocacy, and sparked innovation that has positively impacted the work environment and health of the community,” said Dennis Kennedy, founder of the National Diversity Council. The National Diversity Council includes eight state councils, including the Tri-State Council for Connecticut, New Jersey and New York.
“MassMutual’s office of diversity and inclusion underscores our commitment to driving these values into every area of our company, and Lorie, with her background and strong commitment, is the perfect person to head up this office,” said Deb Palermino, Executive Vice President of Human Resources for MassMutual. “Her recognition as a Most Powerful and Influential Woman is certainly fitting.”
“Being recognized for work that I feel so passionately about is quite an honor,” remarked Valle-Yañez. “At the end of the day, I am driven by the opportunity to make a positive impact, not only on MassMutual, but also on the greater tri-state business community, and I thank the Diversity Council for recognizing this impact.”
The award was presented to Valle-Yañez for
-- Providing leadership excellence.
-- Sustaining a record of accomplishments and contributions to the financial services field throughout the scope of her career.
-- Having clout within her organization in terms of significant impact on revenues, profitability, and direction of the organization.
-- Demonstrating leadership and commitment to community well-being and high visibility in the community.
-- Exhibiting and demonstrating a commitment to the highest ethical standards and professional excellence.
Valle-Yañez was presented the award, along with 10 other women of power and influence in the tri-state area at the recent 2010 Tri-State Diversity & Leadership Conference. The Tri-State Inclusion and Diversity Council (TSIDC) is committed to enhancing the appreciation for and understanding of the value of diversity and inclusion in today’s global society. It focuses on promoting activities and programs that define diversity as an asset and organizational resource. For more information on the council, visit tristatediversitycouncil.org.