NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pacific Advisors, a member of The Guardian Network® and one of California’s largest financial services firms, is seeing the results of its commitment to achieving gender balance and equality. Over the last four years, management positions held by women at Pacific Advisors has grown from 10 percent to nearly 50 percent. In addition, in this traditionally male-dominated industry, more than 36 percent of the agency’s workforce is female.
In recognition of the firm’s commitment and measurable actions in achieving and sustaining gender equality in the workplace, Pacific Advisors was also recently awarded the Economic Dividends for Gender Equality (EDGE) certification, the premier standard and global assessment methodology for evaluating corporate commitment to gender equality.
“When it comes to gender equality, the benefits have included increased productivity, enhanced services and a greater connection to our clients. There is no better time for women to join the financial services industry,” said Travis J. Hart, Managing Partner for Pacific Advisors. “As we act deliberately to transform our company culture to be more receptive to women, we also realize that our gender-diverse teams provide more thoughtful analysis, varied perspectives and increase the likelihood of our clients viewing their financial representatives as partners and trusted advisors.”
Pacific Advisors has honed its recruitment and promotion procedures, company policies, leadership development opportunities, mentoring programs, workplace flexibility and company culture to support gender equality. “We aim to be more inclusive. When we learned that many of our staff had difficulty managing early morning trainings due to school drop off routines we changed our training start times. This is a small change but it speaks volumes, we listened to their concerns and made changes to support their growth and success,” said Hart.
The firm’s mission of having a minimum of 30 percent women in its sales force will require them to hire 15 or more women by the end of the year. This represents an annual increase of approximately 10 percent. Rather than simply hoping for gender balance, Pacific Advisors will pursue female candidates in California, Oregon, and Nevada by leveraging the recent EDGE certification, hosting women’s career events throughout the year, and growing female study groups internally to provide the support women need to help them grow their practice and build unity among them and ultimately drive referrals and introductions.
“Financial services continues to be predominately male-dominated, so it’s up to our local agencies within the Guardian network to highlight why more women should consider this career. We proudly support their efforts to create a gender balanced workplace with an inclusive talent pipeline at all levels,” said Emily Viner, Vice President, Agency Growth and Development at Guardian, “It’s a great time for women to seize opportunities to advance their careers—and their lives—on their own terms and work in the financial services industry. The financial advisor role features workplace flexibility, equal pay for equal work, and the ability to make a positive impact in the lives of the clients they serve. It’s a fantastic job.”
About Pacific Advisors
Pacific Advisors is a financial and estate services firm, headquartered in Newport Beach and San Jose, CA, with over a century of experience in their senior partners alone, and centuries more in our dedicated team of advisors. They specialize in in-depth knowledge and understanding of tax laws, financial services, pension plans, insurance, and other tools needed to build an effective financial foundation for their clients. For decades, they have helped individuals, small businesses and corporations navigate through all phases of their wealth-building journey. Their team includes over 150 talented professional advisors throughout California, Oregon and Nevada. For more information, visit Pacific Advisors’ website http://www.pacificadvisors.com/, Facebook or LinkedIn.
About Guardian Life Insurance Company of America®
The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America® (Guardian) is one of the largest mutual life insurers with $7.3 billion in capital and $1.5 billion in operating income (before taxes and dividends to policyholders) in 2015. Founded in 1860, the company has paid dividends to policyholders every year since 1868. Its offerings range from life insurance, disability income insurance, annuities, and investments to dental and vision insurance and employee benefits. The company has approximately 8,000 employees and a network of over 2,750 financial representatives in 57 agencies nationwide. For more information about Guardian, please visit our website www.GuardianLife.com. You can also follow Guardian on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.
Financial information concerning The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America® as of 12/31/15 on a statutory basis: Admitted Assets = $48.1 Billion; Liabilities = $42 Billion (including $37 Billion of Reserves); and Surplus = $6.1 Billion.
The Guardian Network® is a network of preferred providers authorized to offer products of The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America (Guardian), New York, NY and its subsidiaries. Pacific Advisors is an independent agency and not an affiliate or subsidiary of Guardian.
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