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Celebrating Milestones During Black History Month

by Elonda M. Crockett, Vice President Operations Shared Services

Elonda CrockettThis year marks two significant milestones for our country: the centennial of the 19th Amendment, the culmination of the women's suffrage movement; and the sesquicentennial (150-year anniversary) of the 15th Amendment, granting black men the right to vote after the Civil War.

One hundred and fifty short years. Milestones like this deserve acknowledgement and celebration.

On a personal note, I'm also celebrating a milestone this year – 22 years at Fannie Mae. As an African American woman whose family roots are in the South, I know firsthand the importance of our progress in every area concerning voting rights for women and people of color. It is one way our voices can be heard. Starting my career over 20 years ago at Fannie Mae as a technician and navigating my way to serve as an Officer, is truly a testament to a company that values diverse perspectives which in turn has resulted in positive business outcomes for the company and personal development for me.

At Fannie Mae we are committed to supporting fair housing for Americans of all ages and ethnicities. In my role as VP of Shared Services, my team supports that commitment by supporting the: running of the business effectively, enhancement of our customer service and by driving continuous improvement and innovation throughout the firm. Fannie Mae believes in the power of diversity and inclusion - that makes our work impactful on every level internally and in the marketplace.

Throughout the month of February, we are finding ways to celebrate and honor Black History Month at Fannie Mae. The African Ancestry Business Leaders for Excellence (ABLE) Employee Resource Group (ERG) is shining a light on African American history and culture. During the month, we've hosted activities for all employees that spotlights trailblazers, innovators, and the many contributions of our community in business, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), and civil rights.

Some of the activities include:

  • Conducting a virtual Black History Month trivia challenge
  • Completing community service events across our office locations
  • Visiting the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.
  • Hosting Black cultural fairs at our office locations 

Images from virtual Black History Month trivia challenge

I'm proud of the work of ABLE – how the group works to promote career leadership development among our members and creates an environment of support for Fannie Mae employees of African ancestry. I received amazing mentorship and support throughout my career. I'm grateful for the opportunity to pay it forward with our members in my role as ABLE's Executive Sponsor. Our members truly embrace the group's mission to harness each other's inner brilliance and propel one another forward to our greatest potential.​

ABLE volunteers at DC Central Kitchen and Minnie's Food Pantry

We are privileged to have a workforce at Fannie Mae that reflects the communities we serve across America. Innovation, creativity, and problem-solving are enhanced by diversity, and we leverage our talent to create products that serve diverse markets. If you're seeking a company that values diverse backgrounds and perspectives, I encourage you to search our open opportunities and learn more about Fannie Mae.