Recognizing the financial service industry’s challenge in attracting and retaining diverse talent, the Bank started a local cooperative initiative in 2016. Joined by eight other like-minded, similar-sized financial service companies, the initiative, now called Diversify DSM, is poised to improve diverse representation across the financial services industry in Central Iowa. Together, the group is creating change as a cooperative – combining efforts to collectively make a greater difference.
FHLB Des Moines is actively recruiting partner organizations – educational institutions and non-profit organizations – that support our initiative mission and more importantly, our focus on career development to further our initiative efforts.
Signing the CEO pledge to diversity and inclusion is an important step for me. The Bank is making progress on several fronts including increasing the diversity of our workforce, ensuring all voices are heard and respected, and shifting the mindset of people about why diversity is integral to our success. I want to leverage our learning with other companies in Central Iowa and beyond, but I also want to learn from others who are further along in their journeys. Being part of the CEO pledge makes all that possible.