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Black Achievers Youth, Professional Programs Receive Support from Western & Southern Financial Fund


Mark Caner, president of W&S Financial Group Distributors, spoke at the Black Achievers event on June 30th. Over 200 people were gathered and had an opportunity to learn about Western & Southern’s commitment to hiring diverse talent.

Black Achievers recently received a $25,000 grant from the Western & Southern Financial Fund, Western & Southern Financial Group’s charitable foundation, to help fund programming that includes youth mentorship for local high school students ages 13-18 as well as a leadership academy to help young professionals ages 22-35 learn how to navigate their careers.


“Providing mentorship and guidance to young people is critically important to the health of Cincinnati and is a core value of Black Achievers,” said Michael Moore, President and CEO of Black Achievers concerning its mentorship programs.


“We are a company that believes in giving back,” said John F. Barrett, Chairman, President and CEO of Western & Southern and head of its foundation. “One way we do that is to help foster a strong workforce for tomorrow. This means forging new relationships with organizations like Black Achievers and leveraging existing ones to benefit the community and make a broader impact.”


Black Achievers is also focused on giving its members access to career opportunities in a variety of fields. “Black professionals represent a small percentage of employees in the insurance industry,” said Moore. “This makes our relationship with Western & Southern so powerful. It gives our members access to career opportunities in a field that can help them build generational wealth for their families.”

About Black Achievers

Black Achievers, Inc., a Cincinnati-based non-profit organization founded in 2018 by Michael R. Moore with a vision is to create a world where more African Americans achieve the American Dream. Black Achievers is now one of the largest Black Professionals organizations in Ohio, with over 5,000 members in Cincinnati and more than 30,000 members nationwide. The organization's mission is to connect, educate and economically empower its members. The organization also serves as a pipeline of diverse talent for nonprofits and corporations. For more information visit: www.blackachievers.com.

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About Western & Southern Financial Group

Founded in Cincinnati in 1888 as The Western and Southern Life Insurance Company, Western & Southern Financial Group, Inc., a Fortune 500 company, is the parent company of a group of diversified financial services businesses. Its assets owned ($66 billion) and managed ($35 billion) totaled $101 billion as of June 30, 2022. Western & Southern is one of the strongest life insurance groups in the world. Its seven life insurance subsidiaries (The Western and Southern Life Insurance Company, Western-Southern Life Assurance Company, Columbus Life Insurance Company, Gerber Life Insurance Company, Integrity Life Insurance Company, The Lafayette Life Insurance Company, and National Integrity Life Insurance Company) maintain very strong financial ratings. Other member companies include Eagle Realty Group, LLC; Fort Washington Investment Advisors, Inc.;1 Gerber Life Agency2; IFS Financial Services, Inc.; Touchstone Advisors, Inc.;1 Touchstone Securities, Inc.;3 W&S Brokerage Services, Inc.;1,3 and W&S Financial Group Distributors, Inc.4 Western & Southern is the title sponsor of seven major community events every year, including the Western & Southern Open, a premier event in the U.S. Open Series played each August by the world’s top-ranked professional male and female tennis players.

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2 Gerber Life is a registered trademark. Used under license from Société des Produits Nestlé S.A. and Gerber Products Company. In the State of California, Gerber Life Agency, LLC is known as and does business as Gerber Life Insurance Agency, LLC.

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