Virtual program offering corporate access and financial education to West Philadelphia high school students

12 August 2021

PHILADELPHIA, Aug.12, 2021 – Lincoln Financial Network (LFN), the retail wealth management affiliate of Lincoln Financial Group (NYSE:LNC), and the Urban League of Philadelphia recently concluded a year of a paid internship program focused on mentorship, financial education and career development for Black and African American high school students in greater Philadelphia.

The Lincoln Accelerating Business Leadership Experiences (LincABLE) program included ten high school seniors from the Science Leadership Academy at Beeber (SLA Beeber), a special-admissions public school that focuses on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) located in West Philadelphia.

"LFN was excited to participate in the LincABLE program to learn more about how we can enhance our strategy on embracing and developing young people as our next generation of professionals and leaders," said David Berkowitz, president of Lincoln Financial Network. “Working with the SLA Beeber students was an invaluable experience for me and my team, and we look forward to watching them continue to develop as they head off to college."

The LincABLE program was designed to demystify capital markets and the financial services industry by offering real-time market education, insights into career paths, leadership skill building and networking, one-on-one mentorship and a student-led podcast series, enhancing the students’ future employment competitiveness and personal economic success.

"The LincABLE Program gave an invaluable experience to our students,” said SLA Beeber principal Chris Johnson. “At SLA Beeber, we pride ourselves on teaching students how to think, not what to think!  This program provided our students the opportunity to exercise their divergent thinking and learn the financial field in order to manifest their learning in the future." 

LFN’s LincABLE program is one of the latest initiatives launched by Lincoln Financial Group to advance diversity and inclusion objectives and foster community partnerships that support Black communities. The Urban League of Philadelphia managed elements of the LincABLE program, such as the administration of weekly professional development sessions for program participants and issuance of a report of the program’s results.

“At Lincoln, we are focused on driving long-term, sustained actions to support racial equity and drive meaningful, measurable change,” said Allison Green Johnson, chief diversity officer at Lincoln Financial Group. “We are proud to sponsor the LincABLE program, in partnership with the Urban League of Philadelphia and School District of Philadelphia to help build a talent pipeline of high-achieving Black students to the industry.”

Student interns participated in the internship for 10 hours per week throughout the 16-week paid program, followed by a 7-week intensive summer internship program. They were assigned work to support building workforce development skills, team-building skills, communications and research skills, digital literacy and career exposure.


About Lincoln Financial Network

Lincoln Financial Network is the marketing name for the retail sales and financial planning affiliates of Lincoln Financial Group and includes Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp. and Lincoln Financial Securities Corp., both members of FINRA and SIPC. Consisting of approximately 14,000 representatives, agents, and full-service financial planners throughout the United States, Lincoln Financial Network professionals can offer financial planning and advisory services, retirement services, life products, annuities, investments, and trust services to affluent individuals, business owners, and families. Lincoln Financial Group is the marketing name for Lincoln National Corporation (LNC) and its affiliates. Find us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.


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, more than 17 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 $324 billion in end-of-period account values as of June 30, 2021. Lincoln Financial Group is a committed corporate citizen included on major sustainability indices including the Dow Jones Sustainability Index North America and FTSE4Good. Dedicated to diversity and inclusion, we earned perfect 100 percent scores on the Corporate Equality Index and the Disability Equality Index, and rank among Forbes’ Best Large Employers and Best Employers for Women, and Newsweek’s Most Responsible Companies. Learn more at: Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram. Sign up for email alerts at


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