Angela AllenAngela Allen currently serves as the Diversity and Inclusion Program Manager for COUNTRY Financial where she is responsible for working collaboratively at all levels within the organization to develop and implement strategies to increase workforce diversity and create an inclusive workplace. Prior to her current position, Angela served for 10 years as the Coordinator for Diversity Advocacy at Illinois State University overseeing the university’s diversity initiatives for over 20,000 students.

Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Angela Allen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Master’s of Science degree in Education from Eastern Illinois University.

Angela has focused her career on advocacy, diversity, education, women’s and youth empowerment and inclusion. She is passionate about the positive impact inclusiveness can have on individuals, businesses and communities. Her leadership, commitment to service and diversity have earned her recognition as a YWCA McLean County Woman of Distinction in Education (2010), a four time winner of Illinois State University’s STAR award for Promotion of Diversity and a distinguished member of Leadership Illinois’ Class of 2015. She is actively engaged with her community through her involvement with the YWCA McLean County, the Central Illinois Chapter – The Links, Incorporated and as a board member for Leadership Illinois.