Securian Financial Makes a $3 Million Transformational Contribution to the American College Center for Economic Empowerment and Equality

Securian Financial Makes a $3 Million Transformational Contribution to the American College Center for Economic Empowerment and Equality

Investment to bolster recruiting and training programs for Black financial professionals

KING OF PRUSSIA, PA – February 28, 2022 – The American College of Financial Services is proud to announce an investment of $3 million through a combined commitment by Securian Financial and the Securian Financial Foundation in the American College Center for Economic Empowerment and Equality. This significant gift will serve as the foundation for the Center for Economic Empowerment and Equality’s new programs to recruit and train Black advisors. For its leadership, Securian Financial will be recognized as a Lead Funding Sponsor of the Center.

“The American College of Financial Services is grateful for the financial commitment from Securian Financial, which will allow the Center for Economic Empowerment and Equality to build upon existing programs and create new resources to recruit and retain more Black financial professionals,” said George Nichols III, president and CEO of The American College of Financial Services. “The critical support of Securian Financial and other industry leaders, with a strong commitment to close the racial wealth gap with lasting, collective community-focused solutions, allows us to collaborate with those seeking to change our history’s narrative around economic equity.”

Securian Financial’s important commitment will help with the expansion of the Center’s Four Steps Forward initiative, including expanding a scholarship program to prepare more Black Americans for careers in financial services and the implementation of a new approach to study group and mentorship programs to recruit, train, and retain more Black financial professionals.

“Securian Financial is committed to diversifying our company and the industries in which we do business, and this initiative will further our efforts,” said Dexter Davis, Securian Financial chief diversity officer and second vice president for talent development. “The financial advisor profession is not currently reflective of America, especially with Black Americans. Recruiting and developing more Black financial advisors will better the industry and society as a whole—bringing more people currently underrepresented and underserved into this important market.”   

Securian Financial has been a long-time sponsor of the Conference of African American Financial Professionals (CAAFP), and through their commitment they have renewed their sponsorship through 2026 and will support the build out of the CAAFP Community Network. The CAAFP is the largest conference of African American financial professionals, and will hold its 16th annual conference in Washington, D.C. from August 8-10, 2022. 

“The investments made by Securian go beyond financial. The company’s commitment includes important thought leadership that will amplify the impact of the Center’s recruiting and training programs,” says Steve Grourke, CAP®, CFRE, Vice President of Advancement and Alumni Relations at The American College of Financial Services. “The College and Securian Financial worked collaboratively to construct our relationship to ensure our efforts will have a tangible and lasting impact on Black financial professionals and Black communities across the country.”

Since launching the Center for Economic Empowerment and Equality in August 2020, over $10.5 million in corporate, foundation, and individual commitments have been made to support Four Steps Forward—the Center’s signature initiative to promote upward mobility and wealth building in Black communities. This funding has helped build the Center’s capacity and launch important programs, including:

  • Black Executive Leadership Program – An executive-level cohort program designed for the financial services industry, to cultivate and empower Black leaders and executive sponsors in financial services.

Learn more about the Center for Economic Empowerment and Equality and our committed partners at



The American College of Financial Services was founded in 1927 and is the nation’s largest nonprofit educational institution devoted to financial services. Holding the highest level of academic accreditation, The College has educated one in five financial advisors across the United States and offers two master’s degrees in management and financial services, along with prestigious financial planning designations such as the Retirement Income Certified Professional® (RICP®), Chartered Life Underwriter® (CLU®), Wealth Management Certified Professional® (WMCP®), Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® (CAP®), Chartered Special Needs Consultant® (ChSNC®), Chartered Financial Consultant® (ChFC®), and education leading to the Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) certification. The College’s faculty represents some of the foremost thought leaders in the financial services profession. Visit and connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.


At Securian Financial, we’re here for family. And we’re here because of it. We’re guided by our purpose: helping customers build secure tomorrows. Since 1880, we’ve been building a uniquely diversified company that has outlasted economic ups and downs while staying true to our customers. We’re committed to the markets we serve, providing insurance, investment and retirement solutions that give families the confidence to focus on what’s truly valuable: banking memories with those who matter most. Headquartered in St. Paul, Minn., Securian Financial is a Fortune 500 company1 and one of the nation’s largest life insurers. Securian Financial Services, a subsidiary of Securian Financial, is a broker-dealer and registered investment advisory firm offering a full range of financial services through a network of independent, locally owned firms and 1,100 affiliated financial professionals. 


1. 2021 Fortune 500 Companies List, June 2021. Based on 2020 total reported GAAP revenue. The rankings are limited to publicly traded companies, farmer-owned cooperatives and mutual insurers headquartered in the United States. 

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