Episode 23: Deanna Mulligan

Janice Ellig, CEO and founder of Ellig Group, sits down with real leaders in this series of game-changing conversations, bespoke to fellow champions of change. Heralded by Bloomberg Businessweek as one of “The World’s Most Influential Headhunters,” Janice is often consulted for her expertise and her commitment to gender parity, equity, inclusion, and diversity.

We are honored to present this month’s episode of Leadership Reimagined with Deanna Mulligan, Board Chair and former CEO of The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America. Prior to being named CEO of Guardian in July 2011, she joined in 2008 as Executive Vice President to lead the company’s Individual Life and Disability business.

Deanna recently authored a book, “Hire Purpose: How Companies Can Close the Skills Gap” available on pre-order and scheduled to be released on October 27th. She provides a significant message that many executives are dealing with today, ‘how to effectively reskill their workforce’ to meet the needs of the future. Deanna speaks about the social and moral obligations business leaders have to society to prioritize reskilling their workforce, rather than downsizing, costly in many ways. In this month’s episode Deanna shares some of these challenges, strategies, solutions and the importance of demonstrating organizational agility.

Tune in as Deanna addresses a shortsighted concern for the longer term benefit of reskilling, when executives raise the question: What if I train my employees and then they leave?

“We want to make sure that people can learn, and know how to learn, and we can teach them the skills that they need.”

Deanna is active across the industry and community serving on many boards serves on the Board of Directors for the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI), the New York Department of Financial Services State Insurance Advisory Board and the Economic Club of New York. She also serves as a trustee on the Board of Directors for The Vanguard Group, a position she has held since 2017. Committed to advancing communities she serves on the Board of Trustees for New York-Presbyterian Hospital, the Partnership for New York City, Catalyst, Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose (CECP) and the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT. Fortune named her one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” and  Crain’s New York Business  recognized her as one of “The 50 Most Powerful Women in New York,” five times each.

It is with great privilege we present to you this episode of Leadership Reimagined “Hire Purpose,” with Deanna Mulligan.

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