Girls Inc. Honors Voya Financial with Corporate Vision Award

NEW YORK, March 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Voya Financial, Inc. (NYSE: VOYA), announced today that the company was recognized with the Corporate Vision Award by long-standing partner Girls Inc. during a luncheon on March 7 in New York City.

The award recognizes Voya for its commitment to the advancement of women and girls, the promotion of women in key leadership roles and a commitment to diversity across the company. Trish Walsh, Voya executive vice president and chief legal officer, accepted the award on the company's behalf.

Voya's partnership with Girls Inc. began in 2009 through its philanthropic arm — Voya Foundation. The foundation, which focuses on children's education and financial literacy, launched an "Investment Challenge" program with Girls Inc. With the help and guidance of trained Girls Inc. staff and Voya volunteers, the challenge provided girls, between the ages of 12 and 18, the opportunity to build and manage diversified, real-time portfolios as part of an investment- and economic-literacy curriculum. Two-thirds of the participating girls' portfolio gains are awarded to them in the form of college scholarships.

"Helping girls to be financially literate is a key part of the Girls Inc. mission," said Judy Vredenburgh, president and CEO of Girls Inc. "Voya has played a tremendous role in helping us educate girls on how money, saving and investing work. Through the Investment Challenge, we see girls become savvy investors, gaining the confidence and skills to manage their finances and reap the rewards of their smart decisions."

"Voya is committed to investing in the communities in which we live and work," added Angela Harrell, head of Voya Foundation and Voya Financial's Office of Corporate Responsibility. "The Investment Challenge provided the participating girls the confidence and skills needed to understand the importance of controlling their finances. Voya is proud of the young women involved, and we hope they feel empowered to make educated financial decisions that lead to a secure financial future."

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Jeanne LaCour    
Voya Financial    
Office:  (212) 309-8949 
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Tieler Giles 
Girls Inc. 
Office:  (212) 509-2000, ext. 237 
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About Voya Foundation  
Voya Foundation's mission is to improve the quality of life in communities where Voya Financial® operates and its employees and customers live. Voya Foundation provides grants and establishes signature partnerships in the areas of financial literacy and children's education and fosters employee engagement to deepen our positive impact on the community. For more information, visit

About Voya Financial® 
Voya Financial, Inc. (NYSE: VOYA), helps Americans plan, invest and protect their savings — to get ready to retire better. Serving the financial needs of approximately 13 million individual and institutional customers in the United States, Voya is a Fortune 500 company that had $11 billion in revenue in 2015. The company had $452 billion in total assets under management and administration as of Dec. 31, 2015. With a clear mission to make a secure financial future possible — one person, one family, one institution at a time — Voya's vision is to be America's Retirement Company™. The company is equally committed to conducting business in a way that is socially, environmentally, economically and ethically responsible — Voya has been recognized as one of the 2016 World's Most Ethical Companies® by the Ethisphere Institute, and as one of the Top Green Companies in the U.S., by Newsweek magazine. For more information, visit or view the company's 2014 annual report. Follow Voya Financial on Facebook and Twitter @Voya.

About Girls Inc.  
Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart and bold, providing more than 140,000 girls across the U.S. and Canada with life-changing experiences and solutions to the unique challenges girls face. The Girls Inc. experience consists of people, an environment and programming that, together, empower girls to succeed. Trained staff and volunteers build lasting, mentoring relationships in girls-only spaces that are physically and emotionally safe and where girls find a sisterhood of support with shared drive, mutual respect and high expectations. Hands-on, research-based programs provide girls with the skills and knowledge to set goals, overcome obstacles, and improve academic performance. Informed by girls and their families, Girls Inc. also works with policymakers to advocate for legislation and initiatives that increase opportunities for girls. For more information, visit

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