At CNO, our purpose is to secure the future of
middle-income America. We embrace diversity, actively
pursue equity, and foster an inclusive environment.
CNO pledges to use our voice to condemn injustice and
violence, and use our platform to stand against
systemic racism, bias and discrimination. Diversity,
equity and inclusion is one of our corporate values.
We remain committed to standing up for these
principles to positively impact our company and the
communities where we live and work.
Education and Awareness
Focus Area: Workplace
We pledge to continuously engage our workforce with
education to raise awareness on the social, racial, and
systemic challenges that impact our associates and
communities of color. Through a commitment to education
and awareness, we aim to create a diverse, welcoming and
inclusive culture for all associates, partners and
As part of our ongoing Diversity, Equity &
Inclusion (DE&I) efforts, one of our Business
Resource Groups (BRGs) hosts a signature event
each month. Often, we bring in external speakers
to lead a conversation on topics that include
anti-racism, gender bias, LGBTQ+ community
challenges, healthcare disparities and caregiving
support. In 2021, CNO has hosted more than 50
virtual events, logging more than 6,000 hours of
associate participation and has formed two new
affinity groups, Women of Color and L.U.N.A. We
have added unique benefits such as the Inclusive
Care Program for LGBTQ+ associates. We also adjust
our programming to address current events that may
be top of mind for our associates. For example, we
facilitate "Safe Place” talk sessions to allow
associates to openly share their feelings,
perspectives and experiences.
CNO’s DE&I program included four associate-led
BRGs: S.O.U.L., Women’s, Veteran’s and PRISM, that
provided additional leadership and assistance with
educational speaker sessions and Safe Place
dialogues on important topics, including systemic
racism, white privilege, Juneteenth, the 100th
anniversary of women’s suffrage, LGBTQ 101,
National Coming Out Day, and Veterans support
July 2020 - CNO
expanded its Paid Time Off (PTO) program for all
associates to include additional DE&I education
hours (associates received an additional 16 hours
of PTO to attend DE&I education events).
July 2020 - CNO
expanded our support program for LGBTQ associates
with policies to support associates during gender
transitions and offered partner benefits coverage.
Beginning in 2018
All associates receive unconscious bias and
Focus Area: Workplace
We commit to expand our leadership development and
mentorship programs for all CNO associates, focusing on
people of color and women associates. Diversity, equity
and inclusion makes us a stronger, better company, and
diverse teams of people power top performing cultures.
By investing in development and leadership, we will
build a more connected, cohesive workforce and expand
our internal talent pipeline.
This year, CNO expanded its associate development
offerings in three ways to continue to enhance our
approach to associate development.
In June 2021, we launched our DE&I OnDemand
learning program, a catalog of more than 300
curriculum that provides associates the
opportunity to explore, learn and apply the CNO
Value of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion and put
the corresponding behaviors into practice in our
In the summer of 2021, we launched L.E.A.P. (Lead,
Engage and Perform), a leadership development
curriculum designed for associates to explore and
learn more about being a leader at CNO.
At our summer Leadership Summit for our Senior
Leadership group, we hosted David Casey, David
Casey Diversity, who shared his perspectives on
"Why This Work Matters".
This fall, we launched Management Essentials, a
program for new and existing managers, which
focuses on building stronger teams, fostering
diversity, equity, & inclusion, managing
performance and motivating associates.
In 2020, our BRGs held career development
workshops focused on career planning, career
ownership and a resume creation/building in order
to assist associates to better position themselves
for growth and new opportunities in their careers.
Beginning in 2018
The African American/Black BRG and Women’s BRGs
launched mentoring programs and matched more than
100 mentor and mentee relationships in order to
provide career guidance, coaching and networking
opportunities within CNO.
Recruitment and Selection
Focus Areas: Workplace
CNO commits to improvinge diverse representation at all
levels of our organization by broadening our candidate
pool selection processes. We will expand partnerships
with targeted colleges and universities,
minority-focused professional organizations, and other
professional networks. Diverse teams draw on a broader
set of ideas and experiences that represent the
customers and communities we serve. Diversity improves
all parts of our business .
We continue to broaden our recruitment strategies
to attract and provide a more diverse candidate
pool at the time of selection by expanding the
tools and platforms we currently use in
recruitment. CNO is partnering with national
programs like the NAACP, YWCA, Hiring our Heroes,
and the National Urban League to help us source
Leveraged a new recruitment process in order to
source and help attract the qualified and diverse
July 2020 - CNO’s
Actuarial department expanded recruitment efforts
for potential actuarial intern candidates by
partnering with diverse organizations and
non-traditional schools in support of CNO’s and
industry efforts to increasing diversity in the
September 2020 -
CNO’s continued to expand its recruiting efforts
company-wide for the 2021 intern class by
increasing social media presence and attending
career fairs at non-traditional universities. As a
result, the most diverse class of interns were
recruited since the program was introduced.
Join us in the important work of creating racial
equity in Central Indiana.