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The Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Benchmarks

2021 GDEIB Expert Panellists

Lorie Valle- Yañez

Lorie Valle- Yañez


Lorie Valle-Yañez serves as Head of Diversity & Inclusion for MassMutual; a Fortune 100 financial services company based in Springfield, MA. Lorie helps MassMutual leverage its human capital, solve challenges, grow in new markets and innovate. Partnering with its executive team, Lorie designed MassMutual’s first diversity and inclusion (D&I) strategy, focused on Leadership, Marketplace & Distribution, and Workforce & Workplace, and five years later, led its refresh to accelerate results. Under her guidance, MassMutual’s D&I results are measured annually as part of company performance, creating shared accountability for improving workforce demographics and fostering inclusion. The company has increased the diversity of its customers, employees, and financial advisors. Lorie has over 25 years of experience in diversity, serving on several thought leadership groups including the Diversity Collegium. Prior to MassMutual, Lorie was the Senior Director for Diversity, Work/Life and Wellness at ESPN, Inc., where she designed its first D&I strategy and led initiatives to impact diversity, inclusion, engagement and wellness that garnered prestigious industry awards. Lorie led Diversity and Work/Life Programs at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. She holds a B.S. degree in Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco. Lorie is the recipient of several awards, including Latina Style Top 10 Latina Executives (2016), Black Enterprise Top 100 Executives in Corporate Diversity (2014 & 2016), Uptown Professional Top 100 Executives (2012 & 2014), and Top 15 Champion of Diversity by DiversityGlobal Magazine (2019).