Alera Group, a top independent, national insurance and wealth management firm, today announced a cohort of six employees achieved the Diversity & Inclusion training and certification through Cornell University’s Diversity & Inclusion virtual program.

This initiative was sponsored by Alera Group’s Inclusion and Diversity committee, an internal program established to foster a culture of respect and belonging that values the uniqueness of the individual to grow, innovate and strategically advance Alera Group. The six members of the learning cohort include:

  • Andrea Dunn, Agency Administrator, Benefit Advisors Network
  • Alisa Phanthao, Account Executive, GCG Financial
  • Brooke Dedmon, Human Capital Executive, Alera Group Texas
  • Danielle Capilla, VP of Compliance, Employee Benefits, Alera Group
  • Hope Henderson, Communications Specialist, Alera Group
  • Miracle Gladney, Senior Client Coordinator, TRUEbenefits

“We are immensely proud of this learning cohort and look forward to seeing the impact of their knowledge across the organization. Inclusion and diversity drive better decision making, inspire innovation and increase organizational efficiency, all of which positively impact our clients, industry and communities,” said Debra Martinez, CHRO of Alera Group.

Martinez continued, “Across the country at Alera Group, we strive to foster a culture where everyone is included and valued—which results in best-in-class solutions for our clients and a positive working environment for our employees.”

The four-month program included courses on improving engagement, counteracting unconscious bias, fostering an inclusive climate, and diversity and inclusion at work.


About Alera Group

Alera Group is an independent, national insurance and wealth management firm with more than $500 million in annual revenue, offering comprehensive employee benefits, property and casualty, retirement services and wealth management solutions to clients nationwide. By working collaboratively across specialties and geographies, Alera Group’s team of more than 2,000 professionals in more than 100 offices provides creative, competitive services that help ensure a client’s business and personal success. For more information, visit, or follow us on LinkedIn or Twitter.