National Guardian Life sets diversity statement in stone
National Guardian Life Insurance Company on Tuesday unveiled Text Tiles, a massive stone mural that represents the company’s diversity statement in hieroglyphic-style tiles designed by Madison architect Michael Ford.

NGL leadership approached Ford after sponsoring his Hip Hip Architecture Camp, where he teaches principles of design and architecture to middle school youth through the lens of hip-hop music and culture.

“My idea was that hopefully people will ask, ‘what’s the story behind this art piece?’ And this will give NGL staff and leadership an opportunity to talk about that commitment, that statement,” Ford said at the unveiling event. “It was one idea to literally write the words or the statement on a piece of stone. But that doesn’t open up this dialog. The idea was to abstract it and create a piece similar to hieroglyphics. Something that makes you question, makes you look, makes you wonder.”

Each tile represents a letter in the company’s diversity, equity and inclusion statement, adopted last year, which reads, “Valuing diversity of thought, background and beliefs are key to living our cultural values of integrity, dependability, collaboration, compassion, and growth. It’s vital to our promise of helping customers face life’s challenges with confidence, dignity and grace. We strive to create an environment free of racism, discrimination, and intolerance – fostering equal opportunities and promoting belonging and inclusion.”...


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Ken Notes: WOW that is so impressive! Read this article and maybe send Knut Olson, President & Chief Executive Officer a thank you note % ngl@nglic.com...



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