Vice President, Workplace Diversity & Counsel Named to Highly Competitive List

18 May 2022

RADNOR, Pa., May 18, 2022 – Lincoln Financial Group (NYSE: LNC) announced today that Brandy Smith, vice president, Workplace Diversity & Counsel, is among Philadelphia Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list for 2022. This list aims to recognize 40 remarkable individuals who are making a mark on their region. Smith stood out in a pool of 340 nominees for her impressive accomplishments in her career and in the region.

“I’m honored to be included on this list with such an exceptional class of industry peers from across the region,” said Smith. “Over the past few decades, I have worked tirelessly to not only push myself in my career, but to also make an impact in my community. I’m excited and optimistic about where my professional and personal work will continue to take me.”

Smith joined Lincoln in 2012 as an hourly contract employee. In just 10 years, she’s held a variety of roles with increased responsibility. In her current role, as Lincoln’s first-ever vice president, Workplace Diversity & Counsel, Smith provides strategic leadership and legal counsel to drive the implementation and execution of enterprise-wide workplace diversity and inclusion initiatives. She partners with leaders across the organization to drive Lincoln’s work in support of its 8 Actions toward racial justice and equity within the company, the country and the communities Lincoln serves. Prior to her current role, she served on the Legal and Compliance team as assistant vice president, Chief Compliance Officer & Counsel for its group benefits division.

Additionally, Smith served as the leader of the African American Business Resource Group for more than seven years. Smith also spearheaded Lincoln’s Legal Department’s involvement in Diversity Lab’s Mansfield Rule, a program that measures diversity and inclusion for the Legal Department’s top roles, high visibility projects and outside counsel representation. 

Smith has received several recognitions including National Black Lawyers’ Top 40 Under 40, the Philadelphia Tribune’s Women Achieving award and the Rising Leader Collective (formerly known as Women Worth Watching). 

“Brandy is a strategic and collaborative leader, with drive and commitment for her work and community, and she is more than deserving of this recognition,” said Allison Green Johnson, senior vice president, Chief Diversity Officer. “Brandy has made a tremendous impact at Lincoln. Most recently, her efforts to enhance diversity, equity and inclusion and our employee’s engagement have been nothing short of inspiring and I am honored to have her on my team.”

Smith graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education, as well as Creighton University School of Law with a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree. Smith is a Board Member for multiple organizations including the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House and Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO).

About Lincoln Financial Group

Lincoln Financial Group provides advice and solutions that help people take charge of their financial lives with confidence and optimism. Today, approximately 16 million customers trust our retirement, insurance and wealth protection expertise to help address their lifestyle, savings and income goals, and guard against long-term care expenses. Headquartered in Radnor, Pennsylvania, Lincoln Financial Group is the marketing name for Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE:LNC) and its affiliates. The company had $308 billion in end-of-period account values as of March 31, 2022. Lincoln Financial Group is a committed corporate citizen included on major sustainability indices including the Dow Jones Sustainability Index North America and FTSE4Good and ranks among Newsweek’s Most Responsible Companies. Dedicated to diversity, equity and inclusion, we are included on transparency benchmarking tools such as the Corporate Equality Index, the Disability Equality Index and the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index. Committed to providing our employees with flexible work arrangements, we were named to FlexJobs’ list of the Top 100 Companies to Watch for Remote Jobs in 2022. With a long and rich legacy of acting ethically, telling the truth and speaking up for what is right, Lincoln was recognized as one of Ethisphere’s 2022 World’s Most Ethical Companies®. Learn more at: Follow us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Instagram. Sign up for email alerts at

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