“DE&I is about learning and being brave” – Leader of Marsh McLennan
Botello believes that investing internal resources in diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives can have a significant impact on business operations at the micro and macro level.
“I think our industry will commit to this effort not only because of the social justice movement, but because it is the right thing to do and we have the business case for diversity and inclusion.” We strongly believe it will create additional value for both clients and companies.”
“Establishing and maintaining an inclusive work culture that benefits a business and its employees can be challenging at times, but it has proven to be a worthwhile endeavor.
“The Lord has eaten Marsh, we’re trying to create that environment,” Botero said. “Of course, it’s not perfect, and I’m not looking for perfection. I know that sometimes I get it wrong, but I want people to feel that they shouldn’t be afraid to get it wrong.”
For Botello, DE&I is all about learning and courage.
“Marsh and McLennan have been around for 150 years, but it’s our responsibility to shape the next century’s progress,” Botello said.
Creating a well-balanced workplace
The insurance industry has historically been a male-dominated field and can be intimidating to break into, especially for women. The lack of female professionals in all areas of the company, especially in executive-level positions, can deter future talent who may not have been envisioned moving up.
“We have to focus on senior-level representatives to make sure that change is made from the top down,” Botero said. “We also need to provide training to our colleagues so they can better understand what their biases are in order to really build fairness and inclusion into processes such as hiring and promotions.”
There is also the issue of how to make women feel attractive to work for an insurance company and ultimately attract them to the field.
“We certainly face stiff competition from other professions that seem more attractive, such as education, engineering and economics,” Botero said. We haven’t heard much about it, and we need to address this issue if we are to create meaningful change.”
An outreach program is one option that demonstrates how a career in this field can be both rewarding and stimulating with real opportunities for growth. It is also imperative that in times of career swapping due to COVID and more favorable remote work positions, companies need to provide value to employees who may potentially look elsewhere.
“I find it fascinating to explore this topic in depth to find meaningful solutions,” Botello said.
Looking back on memorable efforts
Botello feels on a mission to use its position as a DE&I specialist to bring about significant change and opportunity for individuals who may feel neglected by the professional industry. There are many systemic issues not only for women, but also for various of her BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ individuals, but Botello is committed to helping in any way she can to address and redress these longstanding injustices. Ultimately proud to be involved in
While working at Marsh & McLennan, Boterolead the changeInitiative. Founded in 2020, the company pledges his $5 million over three years to support select organizations that promote equality in the black community and colleagues who donate to racial justice organizations through a double-matching program. He doubled his influence on
“We have also established concrete actions to advance racial justice, such as the establishment of the Global Black Colleague Network and the Racial Advisory Board,” she said.
One of the organizations they supported was Gideon’s Promise. Gideon’s Promise is committed to transforming the criminal justice system by building a movement of public defenders to provide equal justice to marginalized communities.
“The funding we are providing will be used to support a program called PIPED, which stands for Public Interest Professionals Expanding Diversity,” said Botello. “It aims to help build stronger relationships between the legal system and marginalized communities while also providing scholarships to public advocates.”
“This is one of America’s major criminal justice challenges. [system],” she added. “There’s a lot of work and there aren’t many well-trained public defenders.
The company also supports the Better Chance initiative, which connects middle and high school students to opportunities that help place them in competitive educational institutions.
“The funding we provide will directly support more than 2,000 students a year, establishing an important career platform while also connecting them to employers seeking more diverse talent and promoting equity in their communities. “We believe it is more important than ever to support our communities through life’s many challenges. Doing so promotes responsible business structures.” , diversity, equity and inclusion will be available to all.”