Fannie Mae in Action for Diversity & Inclusion
by Tujuanna Williams, Vice President and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
Last summer, Fannie Mae joined more than 150 of the world's leading companies that are committing to increase and advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We did so by signing on to CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion, a coalition comprised of more than 270 CEOs, representing nearly 70 industries across the U.S. In joining this worldwide coalition to further best D&I practices, our CEO, Tim Mayopoulos said:
"Fannie Mae is making this pledge because we always strive towards greater inclusiveness. We are committed to our people and our communities, and want to be a place where all our people can find their voices and fully realize their talents. This makes our company stronger and helps us to better see, serve, and listen to our diverse range of customers and partners across America." – Tim M.
CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion is led by a steering committee of leaders from Accenture, BCG, Deloitte US, The Executive Leadership Council, Ernst and Young, General Atlantic, KPMG, New York Life, Proctor & Gamble, and PwC. Participating in the coalition will give Tim and Fannie Mae the unique opportunity to help industry leaders cultivate workplaces where diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected; where employees feel encouraged to discuss diversity and inclusion; and where promising actions – and lessons learned from unsuccessful attempts – can be shared across organizations.
Fannie Mae is committed to diversity and inclusion and we recognize that this commitment is important now more than ever. Tim's pledge shines a spotlight on our new D&I initiative, Courageous Conversations. We launched Courageous Conversations in 2016, in light of the violence and tragedies impacting our communities, to create a forum where all employees can address difficult issues, hear diverse perspectives, and say what needs to be said. Many of you hopefully have had an opportunity to attend a session.
These conversations have helped us come a long way in building and developing a workplace rich in cultural awareness and competency; so much so, that our Courageous Conversations series has become the cornerstone of our enterprise-wide D&I best practice. Since the launch, we have hosted four Courageous Conversations – two on race in the workplace, one on myths and stereotypes that plague the Muslim and LGBTQ communities, and the most recent on workplace strategies for disclosing identities. Each conversation has drawn over 100 employees, and we continue to receive positive feedback about them.
In partnership with Metro DC PFLAG & C5, our Office of Diversity and Inclusion led a discussion on courageous conversations. Our Live Openly & Invisible-Inclusion (I²) ERGs hosted the event, which focused on workplace strategies for disclosing identities.
As we continue to make strides in furthering D&I across our enterprise, I'm honored to work for a company that sees the value prop in cultivating a rich and diverse culture. At Fannie Mae we are putting actions behind our commitment, and we are walking the walk to ensure that all of our employees feel safe and comfortable bringing their whole selves to work.
Want to join our call to action around impacting diversity and inclusion in the workplace? Check out our open positions! Then, follow @FannieMaeJobs on Twitter to learn more about working at the #HeartofHousing!