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Diversity and Inclusion Task Force

 

Rich Martinez
Young American Bank  Colorado  
Mbiyu Chisholm
JP Morgan Chase 
Patrick Sobers
Community Banks of Colorado 
Matthew Hanson
Alpine Bank 
Shelley Marquez
Wells Fargo 
John Montoya
Sturm Financial Group and ANB Bank 
Josie Huelskamp
FirstBank – South Jefferson County
Marci Sparkman
Vectra Bank 
Thomas Ogaard
Native American Bank 
Hawzien Gebremedhim
FirstBank
Malcolm Evans
UMB
The Colorado Bankers Association’s newly formed Diversity and Inclusion Task Force is working toward developing new resources for Colorado banks to better diversify the state’s industry workforce and promote economic inclusion.

“We are working to ensure the ranks of Colorado bankers appropriately represents and reflects Colorado’s population,” CBA President Jenifer Waller said.

The task force is composed of bankers representing every size of institution serving customers in Colorado and is being led by Mbiyu Chisholm, a branch manager with Chase.

“This task force is looking to bring about change beginning with our Colorado community. Diversity and inclusion are done through empathy, education and engagement, and reinforced through tangible actions and consistency of message,” Chisholm said.

Waller said work to create the task force began more than two months ago at the urging of the organization’s membership toward additional resources for them to employ in their work to improve recruitment, retainment and promotion of a more diverse pool of bankers in the state.

She noted, however, this is just the first step in an overall effort by the industry to effect meaningful change in ranks of employees.

“Banks are looking at both short-term and long-term steps to promote economic inclusion,” Waller said. Already, banks are diversifying their boards of directors and ranks of bankers in leadership roles, she continued.

Banks are adding positions to directly focus on improving institutions’ diversity and inclusion proficiencies.

“Our banks and our customers can only benefit from a broader range of perspectives and ideas,” Waller said.

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