Corporate Champions to Host Roundtable Discussions with Alumni and Kathleen Navarro, New York Life Chief Diversity Officer, To Speak About Developing Career Paths for Young Adults

The workshop will facilitate professional discussions between Year Up corporate partners and Year Up New York alumni about how they can continue advancing in their careers. Kathleen Navarro, New York Life Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer, will speak to attendees regarding the need to develop potential career paths for young adults.

New York Life recently announced Year Up as an exclusive partner for the #FirstJob Compact— a commitment from businesses to implement best practices for recruiting, hiring, and supporting Opportunity Youth – out-of-school, out-of-work young people.

“We are proud to host an event that brings together career-minded young adults with executives from companies who are seeking their skills and talent. It is a win-win for all involved.” said Kathleen Navarro, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, New York Life.

“We’re thrilled to host an event that will allow Year Up’s Empowered, Professional, In-Demand, Career Ready – what we call EPIC – talent to meet with executives from a number of top corporate partners including New York Life, JPMorgan Chase, Citi, Bank of America, and Northwell Health,” said Executive Director of New York, Jon Haseltine. “In addition, our current class of interns and graduates will have the chance to speak with companies like Mashable and organizations like York College that are also looking to tap into this skilled talent pipeline.”

Year Up provides low-income young adults, ages 18-24, with six months of technical and professional skills training followed by a six-month corporate internship at companies like New York Life. Eighty-five percent of graduates are employed or attending college fulltime within four months of completing the free program, with average starting salaries of $36,000/year.

Year Up New York’s Executive Alumni Board worked with the Year Up New York Leadership Council and Advisory Board to organize the Career Workshop as part of their mission to close the Opportunity Divide. Their goal is to foster a collaborative and active network that supports Year Up alumni, while providing an avenue for giving back to the organization.

Year Up New York currently over 320 young adults each year at campuses on Wall Street and at Borough of Manhattan Community College, where students also work towards completing an Associate’s Degree. Since 2006, Year Up New York has helped over 1,900 talented young adults gain professional and technical skills in areas such as Financial Operations, Business Operations, Information Technology, Risk Management and Compliance, and Sales and Customer Support. Learn more about Year Up New York by following us on Twitter @YearUpNewYork and on Facebook.

About Year Up Inc.

Year Up’s mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. Year Up achieves this mission through a high support, high expectation model that combines marketable job skills, stipends, internships and college credits. Its holistic approach focuses on students’ professional and personal development to place these young adults on a viable path to economic self-sufficiency. Year Up currently serves more than 3,000 students a year at sites in Arizona, Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, the National Capital Region, New York City, Philadelphia, Providence, Puget Sound, San Francisco Bay Area, and South Florida. To learn more, visit or

About New York Life

New York Life Insurance Company, a Fortune 100 company founded in 1845, is the largest mutual life insurance company in the United States* and one of the largest life insurers in the world. New York Life has the highest possible financial strength ratings currently awarded to any life insurer from all four of the major credit rating agencies: A.M. Best (A++), Fitch (AAA), Moody’s Investors Service (Aaa), Standard & Poor’s (AA+).** Headquartered in New York City, New York Life’s family of companies offers life insurance, retirement income, investments and long-term care insurance. New York Life Investments*** provides institutional asset management. Other New York Life affiliates provide an array of securities products and services, as well as retail mutual funds. Please visit New York Life’s website at for more information.

*Based on revenue as reported by “Fortune 500 ranked within Industries, Insurance: Life, Health (Mutual),” Fortune magazine, 6/17/16. For methodology, please see

**Individual independent rating agency commentary as of 8/9/16.

***New York Life Investments is a service mark used by New York Life Investment Management Holdings LLC and its subsidiary, New York Life Investment Management LLC.