Commitment to Establishing Gender Equality in the Workplace Results in Growth of Female Leaders at Pacific Advisors From Approximately 10 to 50 Percent

Pacific Advisors’ approach for measuring, tracking, and closing the
gender gap and creating an optimal work environment for both men and
women has been recently lauded by an industry watchdog

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Pacific
Advisors
, a member of The Guardian Network® and one
of California’s largest financial services firms
, is seeing the
results of its commitment to achieving gender balance and equality. Over
the last four years, management positions held by women at Pacific
Advisors has grown from 10 percent to nearly 50 percent. In addition, in
this traditionally male-dominated industry, more than 36 percent of the
agency’s workforce is female.

In recognition of the firm’s commitment and measurable actions in
achieving and sustaining gender equality in the workplace, Pacific
Advisors was also recently awarded the Economic
Dividends for Gender Equality (EDGE) certification
, the premier
standard and global assessment methodology for evaluating corporate
commitment to gender equality.

“When it comes to gender equality, the benefits have included increased
productivity, enhanced services and a greater connection to our clients.
There is no better time for women to join the financial services
industry,” said Travis J. Hart, Managing Partner for Pacific Advisors.
“As we act deliberately to transform our company culture to be more
receptive to women, we also realize that our gender-diverse teams
provide more thoughtful analysis, varied perspectives and increase the
likelihood of our clients viewing their financial representatives as
partners and trusted advisors.”

Pacific Advisors has honed its recruitment and promotion procedures,
company policies, leadership development opportunities, mentoring
programs, workplace flexibility and company
culture
to support gender equality. “We aim to be more inclusive.
When we learned that many of our staff had difficulty managing early
morning trainings due to school drop off routines we changed our
training start times. This is a small change but it speaks volumes, we
listened to their concerns and made changes to support their growth and
success,” said Hart.

The firm’s mission of having a minimum of 30 percent women in its sales
force will require
them to hire
15 or more women by the end of the year. This
represents an annual increase of approximately 10 percent. Rather than
simply hoping for gender balance, Pacific Advisors will pursue female
candidates in California, Oregon, and Nevada by leveraging the recent
EDGE certification, hosting women’s career events throughout the year,
and growing female study groups internally to provide the support women
need to help them grow their practice and build unity among them and
ultimately drive referrals and introductions.

“Financial services continues to be predominately male-dominated, so
it’s up to our local agencies within the Guardian network to highlight
why more women should consider this career. We proudly support their
efforts to create a gender balanced workplace with an inclusive talent
pipeline at all levels,” said Emily Viner, Vice President, Agency
Growth and Development at Guardian, “It’s a great time for women to
seize opportunities to advance their careers—and their lives—on their
own terms and work in the financial services industry. The financial
advisor role features workplace flexibility, equal pay for equal work,
and the ability to make a positive impact in the lives of the clients
they serve. It’s a fantastic job.”

About Pacific Advisors

Pacific Advisors is a financial and estate services firm, headquartered
in Newport Beach and San Jose, CA, with over a century of experience in
their senior partners alone, and centuries more in our dedicated team of
advisors. They specialize in in-depth knowledge and understanding of tax
laws, financial services, pension plans, insurance, and other tools
needed to build an effective financial foundation for their clients. For
decades, they have helped individuals, small businesses and corporations
navigate through all phases of their wealth-building journey. Their team
includes over 150 talented professional advisors throughout California,
Oregon and Nevada. For more information, visit Pacific Advisors’ website http://www.pacificadvisors.com/,
Facebook or LinkedIn.

About Guardian Life Insurance Company of America®

The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America® (Guardian) is one of the
largest mutual life insurers with $7.3 billion in capital and $1.5
billion in operating income (before taxes and dividends to
policyholders) in 2015. Founded in 1860, the company has paid dividends
to policyholders every year since 1868. Its offerings range from life
insurance, disability income insurance, annuities, and investments to
dental and vision insurance and employee benefits. The company has
approximately 8,000 employees and a network of over 2,750 financial
representatives in 57 agencies nationwide. For more information about
Guardian, please visit our website www.GuardianLife.com.
You can also follow Guardian on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.

Financial information concerning The Guardian Life Insurance Company of
America® as of 12/31/15 on a statutory basis: Admitted Assets = $48.1
Billion; Liabilities = $42 Billion (including $37 Billion of Reserves);
and Surplus = $6.1 Billion.

The Guardian Network® is a network of preferred providers authorized to
offer products of The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America
(Guardian), New York, NY and its subsidiaries. Pacific Advisors is an
independent agency and not an affiliate or subsidiary of Guardian.

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Contacts

Guardian:
Harden Communications Partners
Cindi
Goodsell, 510-409-3646
cgoodsell@hardenpartners.com