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September 19, 2023
Salene Hitchcock-Gear was named this year’s winner for the Lang Dixon Leadership and Excellence in Achieving Diversity Award.
Please join us at The American College of Financial Services as we celebrate this year’s recipient of the Lang Dixon Leadership and Excellence in Achieving Diversity (LEAD) Award, Salene Hitchcock-Gear! Hitchcock-Gear, the president of Prudential Individual Life Insurance was awarded the title at the recent Conference for African American Financial Professionals (CAAFP) in recognition of her efforts to foster inclusivity in the financial services industry.
With over 30 years of industry experience, Hitchcock-Gear uses her platform to promote equal opportunities for underserved communities, speaking at events such as the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) Women and Diversity conference, Congressional Black Caucus events, the Deloitte CEO forum, and others. She was also a speaker at the CAAFP, paired with The College’s president, George Nichols, as the two discussed their advocacy for financial freedom in the African American community.
Hitchcock-Gear utilizes her unique position to promote thought leadership through her own research and writing in order to develop a more diverse customer base in the financial services industry and combat financial inequality. She discusses this subject in her article, Now is the Ideal Time to Court Black Investors, explaining the results of a recent Prudential study that analyzes industry trends. In this study and article, Hitchcock-Gear provides insight as to how the African-American community differs from other investors and why firms should be seeking them out as potential clients.
In her fight to foster equal opportunity for all, Hitchcock-Gear acts as the ultimate representation of what the Lang Dixon LEAD Award is meant to promote. She serves as a role model within the financial services industry, educating all of us on what it means to truly care about the well-being of others and give a voice to those who may not have the same opportunities as most. It is for these actions that The College is proud to award the distinction of the 2023 Lang Dixon LEAD Award to Salene Hitchcock-Gear!