It’s Time for Change
June 11, 2020
Our nonprofit organization aims to provide equal access to important financial information and educational resources, because we know financial empowerment and education are essential for equality. But we acknowledge that access to that information is not always equal, and we can do a better job of Black financial empowerment. It’s time for change. We can and need to do better to listen, learn and act for a long-term change that prioritizes equality and inclusivity, both within our own walls and as an industry.
Here are our commitments to start driving change. We recognize that this is just the beginning. and we will continue to evolve this list:
- Expand the focus of our Life Lessons Scholarship Program to further support Black young adults who have lost their parents with little to no life insurance by awarding them scholarships to ensure that they receive the education they deserve. Our first step is awarding Mya Mercer a Life Lessons Scholarship so that she can pursue her dream of a college education. Watch her story.
- Establish a diverse advisory group that is inclusive of Black insurance and financial professionals to seek out their perspectives to advance the resources and information we provide on critical protection products and financial advice. If you are interested in participating in this advisory group, please email mleyes (at) lifehappens.org.
- Amplify the voices of Black financial leaders and Black-owned financial and insurance companies to make sure their knowledge and expertise reach a greater audience. This year, Life Happens will coordinate speaking panels dedicated to advancing the conversation within the industry on financial inclusion and driving equality for the Black community.
- Commit to increasing the Black representation we have at Life Happens on our staff and on our Board of Directors.
It’s time for change. It’s time to do better.
What we do.
Life Happens is focused on educating you about what life, disability and long-term care insurance are and how these financial tools, along with annuities, can help you put a strong financial foundation in place so that you and your loved ones, and even your business, can thrive financially. The next move—getting coverage—is up to you!
How we do it.
In our mission to educate, Life Happens employs a wide range of tactics including consumer-media outreach, public-service announcements, informational flyers and videos, this website, and a wide range of online and social-media communications.
In addition, Life Happens coordinates three national awareness campaigns: Insure Your Love (February) Life Insurance Awareness Month (September) and Disability Insurance Awareness Month (May). Our industry-focused Life Happens Pro tool helps us further our mission of educating the public by putting our educational resources directly into the hands of agents and advisors.
Why we do it.
You only have to watch one video from one of the young students, like Miranda Rivera, who have received a Life Lessons Scholarship to understand why we at Life Happens are passionate about what we do. If we can help one family—or many—avoid the financial devastation that can come in the wake of the death or disability of a breadwinner, then it is well worth all that we do each day.