Headshot of Phyllis Higgins, President of Allstate Veterans Engagement Team & Supporters (AVETS) Employee Resource Group

Making a Real Difference for Allstate Veterans

“Veterans bring a unique skillset to this company, with the training and skills we’ve acquired in service to our country.” –Phyllis, Management Consultant at Allstate

Every day, this passion drives Phyllis, a Veteran of the US Army Reserve, to innovate new ways to lead, grow, and develop the Allstate Veterans Engagement Team & Supporters (AVETS) Employee Resource Group. Her dedication to serving Allstate’s Veterans springs from her own experience, being deployed to Saudi Arabia in support of Desert Storm for six months. There, she made sure supplies, food, and weapons were delivered where they were needed most.

Shortly after AVETS was founded in 2012, Phyllis learned of their mission to provide employees, spouses, children, and supporters of veterans with a forum to share common interests, identities, and Veteran’s issues, she was inspired to learn more, join the organization and get involved in any way she could.

As a perfect example of “leading from every seat,” she worked her way up from nonprofit liaison to Vice President. Now in her second year as the President of AVETS, she loves “having the opportunity to network with people throughout the company who support Veterans’ perspectives, helping us collaborate effectively and align with company objectives. I take pride in helping my fellow Allstate Veterans develop.”

“AVETS is almost five years old, and just in the last year, we’ve collaborated with HR and Claims to let our voices be heard about the importance of valuing Veterans working here and extending our hands to welcome more Veterans at Allstate.”

Allstate’s commitment to inclusive diversity means a lot to Phyllis, who tells us, “It’s been very fulfilling to work for a company where they value Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)! I’m passionate about leading AVETS, and it has allowed me to personally grow and utilize different skill sets.”

Phyllis proudly spreads the word about AVETS’ long list of impressive accomplishments. Her favorite highlights include the group’s membership doubling to more than 503 members in 2016, and the joint launch with HR of the PHQ (Military Status identification within MyHR).

AVETS is also dedicated to volunteering and community outreach. Last year alone, AVETS members participated in 862 volunteer projects, logging an impressive 7,237 total volunteer hours!

Congratulations, Phyllis, and best of luck as your team continues to expand AVETS presence in Allstate offices across the country and proudly lead Veterans here at Allstate!

Learn more about our support of Veterans and our variety of Employee Resource Groups at Allstate.