Nationwide Insurance Named Employer of Choice
By Minority Corporate Counsel Association




June 7, 2012


Diane Nowak-Waring
Court Blatchford

Nationwide Insurance Named Employer of Choice
By Minority Corporate Counsel Association

WASHINGTON – The Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) has named the law department of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company as its 2012 Employer of Choice Award winner for the Midwest Region. Nationwide was selected from law department applicants of corporations across the Midwest for demonstrating a commitment to diversity and creating and maintaining an inclusive workplace. The company will be recognized at MCCA’s Diversity Honors Gala in September.

MCCA’s selection committee notes that Nationwide’s commitment to diversity touches every aspect of its law department. The Diversity and Inclusion Council considers issues and makes recommendations that are implemented department-wide. The Diversity Coaching Program pairs “coaches” with senior leaders to help them apply diversity and inclusion to business issues. As a signatory of “A Call to Action – Diversity in the Legal Profession,” Nationwide supports diversity in the legal profession and selects and works with law firms that share this commitment.

“Nationwide’s legal department seeks to view its business through the lens of diversity and inclusion,” said Joseph K. West, MCCA’s President and CEO. “This mindset impacts the ways Nationwide recruits and mentors minority attorneys, how they conduct their daily work, and how they select outside law firms. By first ‘setting their own house in order,’ they now serve as a role model for the wider legal community. Nationwide has truly earned the title of Employer of Choice.”

“Nationwide’s Legal and Governance Office is pleased to accept this honor from the Minority Corporate Counsel Association,” commented Pat Hatler, chief legal officer. “Like the rest of Nationwide Insurance, our office strives to create an environment where associates’ voices are heard and valued. We embrace the unique skills, experiences and perspectives our associates bring with them and leverage their talents to serve our customers. Nationwide is a terrific place for people to pursue careers, and we are proud that diversity has been an anchor of our shared values.”

Nationwide and four other regional winners will be honored at MCCA’s Diversity Honors Gala at the Lincoln Center in New York City on September 11. The evening will begin with a red-carpet reception followed by the awards program in the Starr Theater that combines honors with entertainment, ending with an elegant VIP Reception in Alice Tully Hall. MCCA will also recognize Diversity Innovators, corporate legal departments, and law firms or legal associations that implement outstanding diversity programs. And one individual will be honored with MCCA’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.

Hosting the gala will be Sunny Hostin, attorney and multi-platform journalist. Hostin is CNN's legal analyst and a contributor for In Session on TruTV. She is also an anchor on ABC News' World News Now and America This Morning.

To learn more about MCCA’s Diversity Honors Gala and sponsorship opportunities, visit or contact Jennifer Chen, Vice President – External Relations, at or 202-739-5902.

About Nationwide

Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, based in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest and strongest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the U.S. and is rated A+ by both A.M. Best and Standard & Poor’s. The company provides customers a full range of insurance and financial services, including auto insurance, motorcycle, boat, homeowners, pet, life insurance, farm, commercial insurance, annuities, mortgages, mutual funds, public and private sector retirement plans, long-term savings plans and specialty health services. For more information, visit

About MCCA

The mission of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association is to advance the hiring, retention, and promotion of diverse attorneys in legal departments and the law firms that serve them. MCCA furthers its mission by publishing research on achieving diversity and best practices in the legal profession, honoring innovative diversity programs with its Employer of Choice and Thomas L. Sager awards, and assisting diverse law students through the Lloyd M. Johnson, Jr. Scholarship Program. MCCA’s work has been recognized with awards from the National Minority Business Council, Inc., the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Gay and Lesbian Law Association, and the Association of Corporate Counsel.

 Founded in 1997, MCCA is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and also has a Southeast regional office in Atlanta, Ga. For more information, go to


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