Supporting veterans’ transition back into the workforce
MetLife Foundation funds programs, projects, and grants aimed at helping veterans transition back into the civilian workforce through programs such as the American Corporate Partners mentoring program and by empowering entrepreneurs from the military community. Additionally, MetLife Foundation provides support to care for veterans who have been injured mentally or physically from conflict and contribute to programs that provide affordable housing to veterans and their families.
Gender equity: Women in Sales career development conference
In our ongoing efforts to offer development opportunities, skills building, and learning sessions for women, our Group Benefits team hosted the annual Women in Sales career development event in July 2020. The virtual event, marking its 10th year, featured multiple workshops, networking sessions, and keynotes from internal and external speakers, including author and activist Glennon Doyle.
Providing our communities with pro bono services
MetLife Legal Affairs established its pro bono program in 2008 as an arm of the Legal Affairs Diversity Committee to foster collaboration among our pro bono, diversity, and talent initiatives with broad participation from our Legal, Compliance, and Operations teams. We also work with MetLife Foundation to financially support legal, cultural, and volunteer organizations. Our Legal Affairs team focuses on three principal areas: legal services, community involvement, and increasing the pipeline for diverse legal talent.
MetLife Legal Affairs also provides ongoing support to cultural and volunteer service organizations by hosting financial literacy workshops; delivering meals for God’s Love We Deliver; fundraising; donating through clothing, food, and “School Supplies” drives for local schools; and participating in multiple holiday programs. Although our pro bono initiatives are mainly based in our larger U.S. legal offices, MetLife Legal Affairs has team members around the world engaged in pro bono activities, with notable levels of participation over the years.
Supporting Sayville First Responders: MetLife Legal Affairs has provided estate planning support for First Responders in Sayville, New York, for over a decade. In 2020, in lieu of in-person support, MetLife provided the responders with two months of free access to our digital estate planning platform, allowing them to create self-assembling wills, powers of attorney, and advance directives/living wills.