Professional development competitions in the company’s distribution and IT organizations are part of Lincoln’s investment in an increasingly diverse workforce
RADNOR, Pennsylvania, February 16, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As part of its ongoing efforts to invest in the future of talent and foster an increasingly diverse workforce, Lincoln Financial Group (NYSE:LNC) is partnering with the Morgan State University (MSU), one of the Leading Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and Maryland’s Preeminent Public Urban Research University, in two unique professional development competitions.
The first competition was organized by Lincoln Financial Distributors (LFD), the company’s wholesale distribution network. Students from MSU’s Earl G. Graves School of Business and Management were paired with Lincoln leaders and mentors, who provided presentation training and helped prepare students for weekly competitions judged by an internal judging panel. The inaugural partnership included six Morgan students, with the top two runners-up receiving internship offers from Lincoln for its 2022 summer program and the winner receiving a $2,500 scholarship towards expenses at Morgan.
The second contest, codeLinc, is a hackathon-style event, hosted by Lincoln’s Information Technology (IT) organization, that allows high school and college students to use their coding skills to earn credits. for tuition and books. In a new spin-off program, Lincoln will host a codeLinc contest at Morgan in April. University candidates will work as a team, with a Lincoln coach providing mentorship, guidance, technical assistance and encouragement on topics ranging from coding to effectively pitching ideas. CodeLinc has been an effective vehicle for recruiting early career talent into Lincoln’s IT organization. More than 400 students participated in seven events – 29 accepted internships and full-time positions at Lincoln.
“Deepening our relationship with HBCUs is an important part of our recruitment and talent strategy, allowing us to brand Lincoln as the employer of choice for an increasingly diverse student population for our programs. highly competitive internships and our entry-level employment opportunities,” said Mike Kellar, vice president of recruiting at Lincoln Financial.
“An important part of the student experience at Graves School of Business and Management is experiential learning. This partnership will reinforce what we are doing to enhance the skills of our graduates as they strive to compete in a highly competitive and evolving financial industry,” said Fikru H. Boghossian, Ph.D., Dean of Earl G. Graves School of Business and Management at Morgan State University. “We greatly appreciate Lincoln for this exciting opportunity to expand the diversity pipeline for career development and advancement.”
Lincoln looks forward to continuing its partnership with Morgan State and other colleges, universities and high schools to invest in the future of talent and the next generation of leaders at Lincoln and to support the communities across America that the company serves.
Click here to learn more about a Morgan State student’s experience with the LFD program.
Morgan State University, founded in 1867, is a Carnegie-ranked advanced research (R2) institution offering nearly 140 academic programs leading to degrees ranging from bachelor’s to doctoral degrees. As Maryland’s preeminent public urban research university and the only university to have its entire campus designated a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Morgan serves a multiethnic and multiracial student body and seeks to ensure that the doors of higher education are opened as wide as possible to as many people as possible. For more information about Morgan State University, visit www.morgan.edu.
Lincoln Financial Group provides advice and solutions that help people take charge of their financial lives with confidence and optimism. Today, more than 17 million customers trust our expertise in retirement, insurance and wealth protection to help them achieve their lifestyle, savings and income goals, and protect against long-term care expenses. Based in Radnor, Pennsylvania, Lincoln Financial Group is the trading name of Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE: LNC) and its subsidiaries. The company had $324 billion in account value at the end of the period on December 31, 2021. Lincoln Financial Group is a committed corporate citizen that is listed in major sustainability indices, including the Dow Jones Sustainability Index North America and FTSE4Good, and ranks among Newsweek’s Most Responsible Companies. . Dedicated to diversity, equity and inclusion, we are listed on transparency benchmarking tools such as the Corporate Equality Index, Disability Equality Index and the Bloomberg Gender Equality Index. Committed to providing our employees with flexible working arrangements, we have been named to the FlexJobs list of Top 100 Companies to Watch for Remote Jobs in 2022. Learn more at: www.LincolnFinancial.com. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. Sign up for email alerts at http://newsroom.lfg.com.
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