The Exit Interview: Aflac's Long-Time President Talks Her Retirement & What She Wants Gen-Z To Know About Working

After More Than Two Decades as a Leader in Finance, Teresa White Officially Retired As of March 31, 2023. She Shared Lessons Learned and What New Careerists Should Know About Creating a Life To Love.
Apr 6, 2023 9:00 AM ET
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Originally published in Essence Magazine

By Jasmine Browley 

Growing up, many of us were taught that hard work would beget great fortune. That being a good steward would lay the groundwork for a beautiful life. Teresa White is a living example of that formula and after more than 20 years, she’s reaping the fruits of her labor.

A labor of love to be exact.

She’s the first woman and first African-American to serve as president of Aflac U.S., the supplemental insurance firm worth nearly $40 billion.

She’d first joined the company in 1998 as a vice president leading payroll administration, policyholder administration, and overseeing new business operations. By the end of her tenure, left an imprint that led to 65 percent of Aflac’s 5,700 employees being women, and nearly 50 percent people of color. 

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