CNO Financial Community Spirit Awards


Annually CNO Financial honors seven associates who make an extraordinary social impact in their communities, demonstrate strategic involvement and dedication to getting results and maintain a compelling and enduring commitment to the agencies they support.

Since 2010, we have awarded $180,000 to organizations where our employees volunteer their time and talent.

Each winner receives a Jefferson Award for Public Service, and a donation is made on their behalf by CNO Financial to their charity. One associate is selected to represent our company at the annual Jefferson Awards Foundation National Ceremony held in Washington, D.C.

CNO Financial proudly sponsors the Jefferson Awards Foundation locally in Indianapolis.

Pictured from left to right: Gerardo Monroy, Jason Rudd, Joseph Jackson, Nancy Sweet, Dave Dennie, Kathleen Ward and Letitia Koch. Sandra Williams was unable to attend.


The Award of Excellence was given to Joseph Jackson, Chicago, for his work with the Chicagoland Autism Connection. A $10,000 donation was made to the organization and Jackson will represent CNO at the 46th annual National Jefferson Award Ceremony held in Washington, D.C. in June 2018.

The Award of High Achievement was given to Nancy Sweet, Carmel, for her work with I.W.I.N. (Indiana Women In Need). A $5,000 donation was made to the charity.

Awards of Merit were given to the following associates. $1,000 was donated to each of their charities.

- David Dennie, Carmel, Joseph Maley Foundation
- Letitia Koch, Carmel, Special Olympics of Hancock County, Indiana
- Jason Rudd, Carmel, Kiwanis Club of Carmel
- Kathleen Ward, Chicago, Humane Society (Scott County, Indiana)
- Sandra Williams, Carmel, Gleaner’s Food Bank