USAA continues to focus more on diversity, equity, inclusion and employee development



SAN ANTONIO, July 29, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Diversity, equity, inclusion and the overall well-being of employees continue to grow as an area of ​​strategic focus for the USAA organization. The company recently announced Bryan gingrich as Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I), a new role for USAA, to continue the company’s commitment to building a workforce that can grow build on a variety of strengths to better serve its diverse members.

Gingrich will lead the DE&I program and accelerate USAA’s DE&I strategy to create an environment where all employees can perform at their best. Gingrich brings over 20 years of diversity and inclusion experience to the USAA. Previously, he led national diversity efforts at Wells Fargo, AG Edwards, Sodexo and Nextel Communications. He holds a doctorate in cognitive social psychology with a specialty in stereotypes, prejudices and prejudices of the University of Memphis, and served on the Executive Committee of the Conference Board’s Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Council, Cultural Leadership and Saint-Louis Community College. Gingrich reports to Harriet dominique, USAA Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Corporate Responsibility.

“As the son of a military man, I am honored to serve the military community as part of the noble mission of the USAA,” said Gingrich. “We know the military community includes diverse voices, and by recognizing and empowering the diversity of our USAA employees, we can better serve our members and contribute to the communities where we live and work.”

In addition to new leadership within the diversity space, USAA also announced the recent promotions of two leaders in human resources (HR). Leslie Dowling, was appointed Senior Vice President of HR Strategy and Shared Services, and Wendy Salmon was appointed Senior Vice President of Total Rewards.

Dowling joined USAA in 2013. Prior to her current role, she oversaw the Organizational Health and Effectiveness teams that support USAA’s cultural initiatives. She has also led teams in the areas of business planning, enterprise architecture and business process management. Prior to joining USAA, Dowling had a 23 year career in process improvement, learning and development and customer experience for several companies. She is currently preparing her doctorate at the University of North Dakota.

Salmon has been with the USAA since 2019, initially as Vice President of Total Rewards. In her new role, she sets strategy and oversees USAA’s benefits, wellness and compensation programs. She has 25 years of total rewards experience, including nearly 15 years leading total rewards functions in various industries. Before joining USAA, she worked for Marathon Petroleum Corporation (formerly Andeavor). Salmon holds a bachelor’s degree in corporate finance from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

“We are proud to promote Leslie and Wendy in their roles at USAA,” said Pat teague, executive vice-president and director of human resources. “Their leadership will be essential as we focus on developing all employees so they can grow professionally in their careers while fulfilling the goal-oriented mission of USAA. ”

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Founded in 1922 by a group of military officers, USAA is a leading provider of insurance, banking, and investment and retirement solutions to more than 13 million U.S. military personnel, former fighters who served honorably and to their families. Based at San Antonio, Texas, USAA has offices in seven US cities and three overseas locations and employs more than 36,000 people worldwide. Each year, the company contributes to national and local nonprofit organizations to support military families and the communities where employees live and work. For more information on USAA, follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@USAA), or visit

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