Executive Vice President & General Counsel, MetLife, Inc.

Stephen Gauster became General Counsel of MetLife in 2018, after serving as Interim General Counsel and Chief Counsel for General Corporate. He previously held similar roles with Assurant, Inc. and Prudential Financial.  

As part of LCLD's Leaders at the Front initiative, Stephen created a Leader's Pledge detailing his personal and organizational commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Read Stephen's pledge here

MetLife is one of only 40 Fortune 500 companies where women fill at least 30 percent of board seats. The company's diversity initiatives include a variety of work-life programs, including childcare and eldercare resources, many diverse business resource networks, a supplier diversity program, and a Global Women's Initiative.

Joined LCLD 2015  

Highlights of LCLD Participation

Fellows Program
Fellows nominated: 
2022: Angela Sanchez, Patricia Woo, Shaila Parvin, Terry Tabbs, Angela Lee; 2021: Shabbir ChaudhuryLeslie Swain, Raven Mackey, Raghav Ahuja; 2020: Halima Sow, Latoya Williams; 2019: Roberta McMurtrie, Sarita Pillai; 2018: Alyssa Kolber, Frederique Beky; 2017: Vivek Nayar, Claudia Perla; 2016: Brittlynn Hall, Bryan Cho; 2015: Ronald Ragin 

Pathfinder Program
Pathfinders nominated: 
2022: Venese Rhodes, Aakansha Rana Thakuri

Success in Law School Mentoring Program
Mentors provided: 2021, 2020, 2019, 2016 

Annual Meeting (2021, 2020, 2017, 2016)

Member: Stephen Gauster

Diversity Professional: Chad Fisher, Blossom Kan

Communications: Brian Blaser