New York Life
Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer
New York Life
Kathleen Navarro is vice president and chief diversity officer at New York Life Insurance Co., responsible for leading the company’s diversity and inclusion strategy, which includes talent recruitment; development and retention; and internal and external communications on diversity and inclusion. Navarro heads up the company’s Executive Talent & Diversity Council and works closely with New York Life’s department heads to align diversity initiatives with business strategies and goals. Navarro also manages the company’s seven employee resource groups and 20 external diversity partner relationships.
Navarro joined New York Life in 1994 and has held a variety of finance, strategy, and operations roles spanning insurance and agency, investments, and corporate departments. She was involved with strategic planning to increase the company’s presence in the women’s and Hispanic markets, both top priorities for the company. Prior to becoming chief diversity officer, Navarro co-led The Women’s Initiative at New York Life, an employee resource group whose focus is to help women take their place at the corporate table.
Navarro holds an MBA in accountancy from Baruch College Zicklin School of Business and a bachelor’s in statistics and management from New York University Stern School of Business. She is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, Financial Women’s Association, The Conference Board U.S. Diversity & Inclusion Council, 30% Club Steering Committee, and CEB Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Council.