MassMutual Named Working Mother Best Place to Work; Sarsynski Acknowledged as NAFE Woman of Excellence

Company's diverse group of women receive multiple awards

Jan 09, 2013, 09:00 ET from MassMutual

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Jan. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Working Mother Media has named Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) as a 2012 Working Mother 100 Best Company, and also recognized employee Ellen Rawson, Vice President and Senior Counsel at MassMutual, as one of this year's Working Mothers of the Year for representing the best in working motherhood.


This recognition was followed by an announcement last week by the National Association of Female Executives (NAFE), part of the Working Mother network, that Elaine Sarsynski, Executive Vice President of MassMutual's Retirement Services Division and Chairman and CEO of MassMutual International, was named a Woman of Excellence in International Achievement.

For the 12th year, MassMutual has been named one of Working Mother's Top 100 Best Companies, with 93 percent of employees working flexibly and 32 percent female managers and executives. Working Mother also lauded lawyer Rawson, a mother of two, who in addition to being mother of two school-aged daughters, was a MassMutual 2012 Leadership Excellence Award winner; Leadership Excellence Award recipients are chosen through a rigorous nomination and selection process and are honored for fostering personal achievement and excellence in employees while inspiring them to achieve the company's business goals.  

Sarsynski also was honored by Working Mother Media and NAFE as a Woman of Excellence on an international level for her achievements and accomplishments in her career, the business and her community, helping to improve the dialogues among women across the globe. Sarsynski received her award on Dec. 13, 2012.

Several women at MassMutual in addition to Rawson and Sarsynski have been recognized for their outstanding achievements over the past several months.

"We congratulate all of the women who are receiving these distinguished awards for their exceptional work. This recognition reflects our firm commitment to building a workplace that welcomes and includes diversity in all its forms so that we can better understand and meet the needs of all the markets we serve, as well as attract and retain the best talent," said Roger Crandall, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of MassMutual. "We believe this commitment to diversity and inclusion makes us a better and more innovative company."

The following female MassMutual employees have been recognized:

Betsy Ward, Chief Enterprise Risk Officer: Diversity Journal's 2012 Women Worth Watching

Diversity Journal celebrates the achievements and personalities of leading women executives in its Women Worth Watching® Issue for their initiative and success. Ward was honored for inclusion in the 2012 issue for her distinguished career in financial services.

Jae Junkunc, Vice President, Enterprise Risk Management: Banker & Tradesman Women of FIRE

In recognition that more and more women are rising to the top of the businesses and institutions in the finance, insurance and real estate (FIRE) sector, Banker & Tradesman shines a light on their achievements to inspire others. Junkunc was honored for achieving excellence and making a difference through innovation, hard work, team-building, philanthropy, mentoring and leadership.

Lorie Valle- Yanez, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer: Uptown Professional Top 100 and Tri-State Diversity Council Women of Power and Influence

The editors and publishers of Uptown Professional recognize the top 100 influential executives from innovators, influencers, trailblazers and pioneers across the country. Valle-Yanez was honored for spearheading an enterprise-wide diversity strategy and multi-year game plan for MassMutual to drive diversity and inclusion into the corporate culture and operations. Valle-Yanez also was selected by the Tri-State Diversity Council for the third year in a row as a Woman of Power and Influence for her sustained record of accomplishments and contributions to the field of Diversity & Inclusion throughout the scope of her career and exhibiting a commitment to the highest ethical standards and professional excellence.

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About MassMutual

Founded in 1851, MassMutual is a leading mutual life insurance company that is run for the benefit of its members and participating policyholders. The company has a long history of financial strength and strong performance, and although dividends are not guaranteed, MassMutual has paid dividends to eligible participating policyowners consistently since the 1860s. With whole life insurance as its foundation, MassMutual provides products to help meet the financial needs of clients, such as life insurance, disability income insurance, long term care insurance, retirement/401(k) plan services, and annuities. In addition, the company's strong and growing network of financial professionals helps clients make good financial decisions for the long-term.

MassMutual Financial Group is a marketing name for Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) and its affiliated companies and sales representatives. MassMutual is headquartered in Springfield, Massachusetts and its major affiliates include: Babson Capital Management LLC; Baring Asset Management Limited; Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers LLC; The First Mercantile Trust Company; MassMutual International LLC; MML Investors Services, LLC, Member FINRA and SIPC; OppenheimerFunds, Inc.; and The MassMutual Trust Company, FSB.

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Karen Lavariere-Sanchez

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