TIAA Named One of the Top 100 Companies for Working Mothers for 10th Year in Row

Company recognized by Working Mother magazine for progressive programs and an inclusive culture that helps working parents succeed

NEW YORK, September 15, 2020 – TIAA, a leading financial services provider, has been named one of the 100 Best Companies for working mothers by Working Mother magazine. This year marks the 10th consecutive recognition for TIAA and the company's 14th time receiving the award. The list recognizes employers for outstanding leadership in establishing policies, programs and a corporate culture that supports working moms, including child care, flexible work arrangements, paid parental leave for all new parents and women's advancement.

"We are honored to be on the Working Mother list for 2020. It is indeed a meaningful recognition, one that we have received with gratitude for the last decade that importantly challenges us to focus on addressing areas where we can and will do better. This speaks to our continued commitment to raising the bar for ourselves and in our industry, particularly in light of the challenges faced by parents in this difficult year," said Corie Pauling, Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at TIAA. "Offering an inclusive culture that propels and supports diverse talent helps make TIAA a great place to work, where women and mothers grow and succeed. This is key to strengthening our diverse customer and supplier base globally."

In addition to TIAA being recognized, Cynthia Qualls, Director of Client & Business Services at Nuveen, an owned subsidiary of TIAA, has been chosen as a 2020 "Working Mother of the Year"Opens in a new window.

"I am honored to be named a Working Mother of the Year. Most mothers struggle to find balance, reduce working mother guilt, and find quality family time outside of work. As a single mother with two children, I really found my groove when I started working for extremely progressive and supportive female managers at TIAA, whose support enabled me to show up for my kids, while exceling in my career," said Qualls. "TIAA promotes inclusion and diversity within the workplace, and understands the demands parents encounter daily. I appreciate TIAA's commitment to provide resources that allow associates to be present professionally and personally."

Working Parent Award

For the second year in a row, TIAA expanded its annual acknowledgement of a Working Mother of the Year with an internal Working Parent Award, which recognizes a parent of any gender at TIAA who models a deep commitment to family, work and community. This year, two associates received the TIAA Working Parent Award:

  • Azeneth Holloway, Senior Customer Advocate of the National Contact Center at TIAA in Lewisville, TX, is known as a great mother, wife, daughter and friend. She enjoys giving back to her community, including starting community groups with her neighbors, volunteering with her family at her local animal shelter, and created a video website and virtual library to help children read.
  • Hassan King, Senior Customer Advocate of the National Contact Center at TIAA in Betsill, NC, is a single father who advocates for education. His peers say King is a role model for single parents as he effectively balances putting his daughter first, while also showing up to work to provide exceptional service to TIAA's clients.

For more information about TIAA's commitment to a diverse and inclusive workplace, click hereOpens in a new window.

The full list of honorable Working Mother Award recipients can be found hereOpens in a new window.

About TIAA

With an award-winning1 track record for consistent investment performance, TIAA ( is the leading provider of financial services in the academic, research, medical, cultural and government fields. TIAA has $1.1 trillion in assets under management (as of 6/30/20202) and offers a wide range of financial solutions, including investing, banking, advice and education, and retirement services.

About Working Mother Media

Working Mother Media (WMM), a division of Bonnier Corp., publishes Working Mother magazine and its companion website, The Working Mother Research Institute, the National Association for Female Executives, Diversity Best Practices and Culture@Work are also units within WMM. WMM's mission is to serve as a champion of culture change, and Working Mother magazine is the only national magazine for career-committed mothers. 

Press contact

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1The Refinitiv Lipper Fund Awards are based on the Lipper Leader for Consistent Return rating, which is a risk-adjusted performance measure calculated over 36, 60 and 120 months. Lipper Leaders fund ratings do not constitute and are not intended to constitute investment advice or an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any security of any entity in any jurisdiction. For more information, see Lipper Fund Awards from Refinitiv, ©2020 Refinitiv. All rights reserved. Used under license. The Award is based on a review of risk-adjusted performance of 39 companies for 2016, 36 for 2017, 35 for 2018 & 2019, and 30 for 2020. The award pertains only to the TIAA-CREF mutual funds in the mixed-asset category. Without such waivers ratings could be lower. Past performance does not guarantee future results. For current performance, rankings and prospectuses, please visit

2Based on $1.1 trillion of assets under management across Nuveen affiliates and TIAA investment management teams as of 6/30/20.