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Wanda Dryman’s dedication to giving

Everyone is defined by something. Most people identify themselves by their achievements, career or family.

At Aflac, however, the focus is different. Through Aflac’s culture of care, employees are encouraged to be difference-makers while working for a company that has an unwavering commitment to balancing purpose and profit.

Wanda Dryman, director of Client Solutions at Aflac in Columbia, South Carolina, lives this philosophy daily.

When Wanda relocated to Columbia nine years ago, Aflac’s vibrant employee culture, particularly its involvement in Midlands Gives and community initiatives, helped her feel welcome.

This commitment is shaped by Aflac’s impactful philanthropic efforts, which encompass not only donations and volunteer time, but also dedicated programs that positively impact quality of life and enrich our communities.

Over the years, Aflac has made a significant difference by supporting programs and services that promote health and well-being, advance education and build upon its commitment to children and families facing cancer and blood disorders.

In recent years, Aflac has donated $293,000 to 229 nonprofit organizations across the Midlands through Central Carolina Community Foundation’s Midlands Gives Day initiative.

“Midlands Gives provides Aflac the opportunity to support those in need within the very communities where our employees live and work,” said Wanda.

The Aflac Way: more than a mission statement

“Our mission statement is what we call The Aflac Way,” explained Wanda. “It is about making a tangible difference in people’s lives.”

The Aflac Way is not just a company slogan, but a culture deeply ingrained in all Aflac employees.

“As a mother of three and a leader at Aflac, giving back is a cornerstone of who I am,” she says. “I want to inspire others to do the same.”

Through Midlands Gives, Wanda has discovered nonprofit organizations that resonate with her family’s interests or align with their experiences. This passion has fueled her drive to raise awareness about giving, which she believes is nearly as important as the act itself.

“I want people to know what organization can help them, as I would want to know if I were in their shoes,” explained Wanda.

Celebrating the power of giving

Celebrating the stories of others brings Wanda immense joy. She wants people to not only understand the impact of philanthropy, but also feel its power and pay it forward, hopefully becoming inspired themselves.

“It is not just about monetary donations but how we give, where we give and how we engage with organizations and people,” said Wanda.

Wanda has a special place in her heart for women’s professional organizations. She’s passionate about empowering local women to thrive in their chosen fields by providing tools for success. These organizations offer resources like resume building, career skills development, interview preparation and mentorship programs.

“There’s a significant need for organizations that empower women professionally,” Wanda says. “Through my work at Aflac, I’ve witnessed firsthand how much of a difference they make.”

A lifelong commitment to making a difference

“Above all, I understand that philanthropy is something I can be involved in that is much greater than myself,” said Wanda. “Therefore, I plan to continue inspiring, helping and giving to others for the rest of my life.”