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Diverse Markets Initiative Making a Difference for Underserved Communities



This article was originally written by Bethany Eippert and published on nationwide.com.


Columbus, OH (December 5th, 2023) -- Proving its commitment to better meeting the needs of underserved communities, the Nationwide Retirement Institute® and its Diverse Markets Initiative were recognized with a 2023 Thought Leadership & Education Luminary Award from ThinkAdvisor. 


The awards highlight top-performing industry firms for producing meaningful results through efforts that are driving the retirement industry forward. Nationwide stood out from the competition for offering educational content, personalized insights and resources to help financial professionals advocate for underserved communities and address their unique challenges with practical solutions. 


“Earning this recognition affirms our ongoing dedication to fostering financial and retirement preparedness for all communities,” said Kristi Martin Rodriguez, leader of the Nationwide Retirement Institute. “We’re proud the program has started to make an impact and remain committed to advocating for a more equitable industry.” 


Nationwide’s Diverse Markets Initiative aims to help financial professionals better understand the unique needs of diverse clients to make more of an impact on underserved populations whose wealth continues to grow. The program is designed to drive retirement planning opportunities, education and awareness for diverse communities including Asian, Black, Hispanic, LGBTQ+, rural and women. 


All 2023 Luminaries Award winners were selected by a diverse panel of judges from the industry and the ThinkAdvisor editorial team. Winners were recognized at the 3rd annual ThinkAdivsor Luminaries Awards dinner in New York City on November 28.

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