Unum employees have a passion for helping others in their communities, and a lot of their efforts support public education and programs that help students achieve success in life. Michelle Latino, legal operations manager at Unum’s Worcester, Mass., location, shares how she guides others to great futures through a mentoring program focused on helping teen mothers succeed.
“Unum’s community involvement has helped me connect personal experience and volunteer service in a very meaningful way. When I was a teen mother, formal mentoring programs didn’t exist, but I still understood the importance of continuing my education and pursuing a career for both myself and my son. I became a legal secretary and joined Unum’s law department 14 years ago. The professional development and mentoring I’ve received since then have helped me build a successful career at Unum, and I now manage a team of six and help lead the operations support of the law department across all sites.
Now, through Unum’s relationship with South High, I’m able to give back by serving as a mentor to teen mothers who may not otherwise have the support they need. As part of the school’s Teen Care program, I work with the girls on life skills, career planning, interviewing and communication skills. We also take field trips to other organizations to help them understand the resources available to them. The girls listen to me because of my own experience — and they know I’m there to help them create successful futures for themselves.
It’s a testament to our company that when we recognize a way to contribute to something greater than ourselves, we’re part of a culture that encourages us to act on that opportunity.
It means a lot that I have the opportunity to build these relationships as part of my job. I work with the girls once a week during the school year, so it’s an investment Unum is making in the program and in me, too.”