Cecilia Stanton Adams

Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America

Focused on:

  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Diversity recruitment
  • POC, race, women, LGBTQ
  • Diversity strategy
  • Race relations/conflict 
Cecilia Stanton bio


As a leader in the diversity and inclusion space, Stanton Adams is responsible for helping Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America (Allianz Life) create a holistic diversity and inclusion strategy. This includes helping drive equity initiatives at all levels of the organization. She also oversees corporate giving and community relations efforts for the company.


  • Leads strategy development and implementation for diversity and inclusion at Allianz Life – both internally for employees and externally for customers, partners, vendors, and community relations.
  • Over 15 years of experience in strategic diversity positions, focused on developing programs and services that increase diversity throughout organizations, from frontline workers to the highest levels of leadership.
  • Experience advising organizations on recruitment, retention, training, supplier diversity, and community relations.
  • Administrative leadership experience in inspiring teamwork and staff commitment to the organization's diversity goals by modeling the way, developing the next generation of leaders, and setting standards of accountability.
  • Broad experience across corporate, education, and nonprofit environments that has contributed to her sound business acumen, effective communication skills, and coaching and mentoring at all levels.

Education, certifications, and memberships:

  • Pre-doctoral fellowship in Unconscious Bias and Cognitive Psychology from Lehigh University (Pennsylvania)
  • B.A. in Psychology from Bloomfield College (New Jersey)
  • M.A. in Sociology from Lehigh University (Pennsylvania)
  • M.A. in Industrial Psychology from Capella University
  • Board member of TeamWomen

Featured in:

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, Star Tribune