MassMutual Illinois CEO, Jennifer des Groseilliers, Featured on List of Top LGBTQ Executives in Crain’s Chicago Business


Chicago – On Friday August 24, 2018 Jennifer des Groseilliers joined 87 other top Chicago business leaders in being recognized on Crain’s Chicago Business’s first ever list of Notable LGBTQ Executives. The honorees came from a wide selection of enterprises in finance to technology, academia to advertising, startups to Chicago’s hometown airline and its biggest bank. 

The notable executives were selected from nominations submitted by employees, employers, friends and acquaintances. To qualify, honorees met strict guidelines that included being based in the Chicago area, serving in a senior role, holding a leadership position in their industry outside their own organization, creating a significant contribution to advancing workplace equality at their own workplace or beyond and acting as a role model or mentor. 

When speaking about why she nominated Jen for the list, Director of Business Development, Jennifer Yeaton said, “When I saw the nomination form, I immediately knew Jen was the perfect fit. She not only met but exceeded each criterion and we are thrilled that others will now have insight into the importance and prominence of her work.” 

In a short editorial, Crain’s explained why their decision to highlight these individuals is exceedingly important, stating that companies who openly champion LGBTQ rights reap the benefits in several ways. For example, LGBTQ customers are some of the most loyal consumers in the market and reward companies that advocate for their rights with sizable spending power. Additionally, research shows that companies with LGBTQ-supportive management policies enhance their firm's value, productivity and profitability. Overall, these companies tend do a better job of attracting and retaining top talent. 

In talking about her spot of the list, Jen said, “The recognition of notable LGBTQ executives in Chicago is something that has gone unsubstantiated for far too long. I am thrilled to be featured on this historic list from Crain’s Chicago Business, and I look forward to watching the celebration of these executives continue to grow in the future.”  

If you want to read Jen’s feature and check out the other executives that made this year’s list, click here


About MassMutual

Founded in 1851, MassMutual is a leading mutual life insurance company that is run for the benefit of its members and participating policyowners. The company has a long history of financial strength and strong performance, and although dividends are not guaranteed, MassMutual has paid dividends to eligible participating policyowners consistently since the 1860s. With whole life insurance as its foundation, MassMutual provides products to help meet the financial needs of clients, such as life insurance, disability income insurance, long term care insurance, retirement/401(k) plan services, and annuities. In addition, the company’s strong and growing network of financial professionals helps clients make good financial decisions for the long-term.

MassMutual Financial Group is a marketing name for Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) and its affiliated companies and sales representatives. MassMutual is headquartered in Springfield, Massachusetts and its major affiliates include: Babson Capital Management LLC; Baring Asset Management Limited; Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers LLC; The First Mercantile Trust Company; MassMutual International LLC; MML Investors Services, LLC, Member FINRA and SIPC; OppenheimerFunds, Inc.; and The MassMutual Trust Company, FSB.