Fannie Mae Spotlights Inclusive Practices
by Bill Loeffert, Vice President – Securitization Technology
It is important to continually reinforce a culture of diversity and inclusion (D&I) and lend a voice to support others. Throughout the month of October, we are finding many ways to celebrate and advance the mission of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (#NDEAM). I am proud that we acknowledge the talent and contributions of those with disabilities at Fannie Mae.
Success starts with our people and a diverse team. A diverse team forms by developing thoughtful strategies for recruitment and engaging our processes to provide access to resources that enable employees to perform their jobs. Our process for identifying reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities advances this access; advancements in assistive technology may contribute as well.
At Fannie Mae, we're partnering with Getting Hired, an organization dedicated to helping inclusive employers connect with and expand our recruitment of professional individuals and veterans with disabilities. Through this partnership, we been able to network with many people in the disability community, introducing them to our strong culture of D&I and sharing job opportunities.
I hope you will take a few minutes to watch this video titled "Embracing Diversity and Inclusion at Fannie Mae." It demonstrates our commitment to not only finding new talent but retaining that talent, too. Our In-Visible Inclusion (I2) Employee Resource Group (ERG) helps advance this strategy, which is led by Fannie Mae's Office of Minority and Women Inclusion, in partnership with several internal key stakeholders.
The I2 ERG provides awareness and resources for employees, including training opportunities. Recently we invited Aetna to highlight offerings for employees with disabilities and supporting loved ones with mental health issues; hosted our first Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 101 class and American Sign Language workshop; and celebrated autism awareness through our safe space community, "IN-Networking." Throughout the month of October, we also found other ways to celebrate and advance the mission of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Some of the activities we've completed and have upcoming include:
- Participating in the Autism Speaks Walk in both Plano, TX and Washington, D.C.,
- Completing an employee volunteer project at the Therapeutic Riding Center in Glenwood, MD,
- Conducting a virtual panel discussion about the journey of becoming a "Disabilities Ally"
We are privileged to have a workforce 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 highly encourage you to search our open opportunities at Fannie Mae.