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apprenticeship program

Further strengthening our long-standing commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, Nationwide Financial launched an apprenticeship program in which graduates of Columbus City Schools work part time at Nationwide while earning an associate degree, funded mostly by Nationwide, from Columbus State Community College.

This program is attracting a diverse group of students who might not have previously considered a career in financial services. The goal is for these apprentices to be hired full time at Nationwide upon receiving their associate degree, creating a pipeline for local talent and employment opportunities for the next generation.

Economic Empowerment Day

As part of our ongoing commitment to economic empowerment and equity, Nationwide was a presenting sponsor of and active participant in Economic Empowerment Day, part of a weeklong event marking the centennial of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, which destroyed what was known as the city’s Black Wall Street. The empowerment event drew national attention for the timeliness of its message and its call for closing the racial wealth gap in the U.S.

Nationwide’s Financial Alliance for Racial Equity (FARE) partnership, which brings together financial services firms, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other industry partners, continued to grow and attract attention in 2021. We recruited and hired our first FARE participant and added participant firms. The program has received several industry awards, including Top Honors for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at the Industry Awards, the Diversity Champion Award from InvestmentNews and the ThinkAdvisor Luminaries Award for Diversity and Inclusion. A scholarship component for HBCU students and financial professionals is set to launch in 2022.

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I’ve never been more excited about our opportunities to create a better tomorrow while delivering on our promises of today. It’s an exceptional time to create a more sustainable world — and together, we can.

Kirt Walker
Chief Executive Officer