Voya Financial, Inc. (NYSE: VOYA), has received the Medgar Evers College Equity and Impact Award for its demonstrated commitment to diversifying the workforce of educators and providing support for students from underserved communities.
Voya Financial was one of four major companies recognized at the recent Medgar Evers Legends and Legacy Inauguration Scholarship Gala, which celebrated 52 years since the college’s founding as well as the beginning of a new legacy of leadership with the institution’s first female president, Dr. Patricia Ramsey.
During the gala — themed “Moving Forward, Together” — Braeden Mayrisch, Voya’s associate vice president, stakeholder equity and impact, and vice president of Voya Foundation, accepted the award on behalf of the company.
“We greatly appreciate Medgar Evers College and the work we’ve done together to recruit the next generation of promising educators,” said Mayrisch, who is also a board member of the Medgar Evers College Educational Foundation. “The students who benefit from the programs we work with Medgar Evers to build have great potential, and we know that the college is here to nurture it.”
Medgar Evers is a predominately Black institution within the City University of New York system. The college has a longstanding relationship with the Voya Foundation, helping to advance Voya’s education strategy of diversifying America’s teacher workforce; providing training, development and scholarship opportunities to educators and aspiring educators; and encouraging high-potential STEM, business and other students to consider careers in America’s classrooms.
“We believe that Medgar Evers College is a doorway to develop New York City’s future leaders, and teachers are the key,” continued Mayrisch. “Teaching is an aspirational and meaningful career that provides stability and growth, and we, as a financial services company, believe it is a vital part of the American workforce and our economy today and for the future.”
“Through Voya Foundation’s initiatives and collaborative programming like our work with Medgar Evers College, our commitment to inclusion is reinforced, and we’ve strengthened our focus on communities where we live and work, particularly those that are underserved — driving our mission to make a secure financial future possible for all Americans — one person, one family, one institution at a time.”
About Voya Financial®
Voya Financial, Inc. (NYSE: VOYA), is a leading health, wealth and investment company that provides products, solutions and technologies that enable a better financial future for its clients, customers and society. Serving the needs of 14.3 million individual, workplace and institutional clients, Voya has approximately 6,000 employees and had $644 billion in total assets under management and administration as of June 30, 2022. Certified as a “Great Place to Work” by the Great Place to Work® Institute, Voya is purpose-driven and is equally committed to conducting business in a way that is socially, environmentally, economically and ethically responsible. Voya has earned recognition as: one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies® by the Ethisphere Institute; a member of the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index; and a “Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion” on the Disability Equality Index. For more information, visit voya.com. Follow Voya Financial on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter @Voya.
About Medgar Evers College
Located in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, Medgar Evers College offers both associate and baccalaureate degrees. A four-year college within the City University of New York (CUNY) system, Medgar Evers College was established in 1970 with a mandate to meet the educational and social needs of the Central Brooklyn community. In its commitment to providing students with a sound academic foundation and an opportunity for personal development, Medgar Evers College offers high-quality, professional, career-oriented degree programs within the context of a liberal arts education. Medgar Evers College is part of NASA’s Space Grant Project and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund as a predominantly black institution. For more information, visit mec.cuny.edu.