Lorie Valle-Yanez--knows how to embrace diversity.

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Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer for Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co., Lone Valle-Yanez, leads the task of designing and implementing diversity and inclusion strategies for the company. In this interview, Valle-Yanez shares how her upbringing and professional experience have influenced her leadership skills.

Tell us about pour upbringing and some experiences that shaped pour character and leadership style.

I am first generation bom in the U.S. My parents were from two different countries, Nicaragua and the Philippines. I was raised in the Hawaiian Islands, exposed to people from many different backgrounds and cultures. This shaped my views on diversity and inclusion as a leader and prepared me for the role that I have now as a Chief Diversity Officer.

How and why did you corns to MassMutual? Could pou share a brief story of pour career at MM and some previously held positions?

I was offered the opportunity to join MassMutual in 2008, to collaboratively design and implement a diversity and inclusion strategy for the company. I enjoy building, so it was a great fit for me. Previously, I built the diversity practice at ESPN, Inc., as head of diversity, work-life and wellness. Prior to that, I was the group leader for diversity at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, Calif.

In pour opinion, what are the advantages of embracing and promoting diversity for a corporation like MassMutual? Horn does this impact the business?

MassMutual is committed to diversity and inclusion, not only because it's the right thing to do, but because it helps us better serve and build relationships with our customers. We are a leading financial services company, and diversity continues to be a catalyst that fuels our growth. Whether it's by helping us connect with consumers in meaningful ways and meet their needs or attracting and retaining top talent, diversity makes us a stronger, more profitable company.

What role does the Latino community play in MM's present, and what role do you see it playing in its future?

Our purpose is to help people secure their future and protect the ones they love. Latinos have strong family values, yet we know that about 40 percent don't have enough insurance to protect their families. It's important for us to help Latinos achieve financial security, and we're committed to delivering financial education and services in a way that resonates with them. One example is the launch of our Spanish-language...

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