2021-06-18 09:00:00 - United States, Texas, Dallas - (PR Distribution™)

Awards presentation to be held as part of the 2021 FinServ Expo this June 22-23

DALLAS (JUNE 17, 2021) — The 2021 Council for Inclusion in Financial Services (CIFS) Diversity & Inclusion Awards will be presented to eight cross-specialty executive leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to changing the landscape of the financial services industry by cultivating diversity, creating an inclusive culture and/or championing underrepresented groups. 

These change-makers will be recognized at an awards ceremony during the virtual 2021 FinServ Expo— The Annual Conference for Financial Services (FinServ) Professionals to Think, Innovate and Grow. Held June 22 – June 23, this year’s event theme is SHIFT.

“Now, more than ever, champions of positive industry change are needed,” says Cheryl Travis-Johnson, co-founder and board co-chair of CIFS “Our honorees have impacted both the Financial Services Industry and their communities by exemplifying Power in Inclusion.”

The 2021 Awardees And Award Categories Are: 

Catalyst Award – For excellence in accelerating positive impact in D&I through philanthropic efforts and/or initiatives in support of underrepresented groups

  • Cade Holleman (Padgett Law Group)

Fusion Award – For excellence in implementing inclusive practices that produced a culture that embraces a collage of thought, race, gender, generations and preferences

  • Karyne Nguyen (Mr. Cooper)

Prism Award – For excellence in promoting D&I initiatives by educating others on the benefits of expansive thought and embracing differences

  • LJ Jennings (Pyramid Real Estate & Investments)
  • Tamara King (Mortgage Bankers Association)
  • Bob McCranie (Texas Pride Realty Group)
  • John Wong (Asian Real Estate Association of America)

Trailblazer Award – For excellence in establishing new and creative D&I initiatives that are currently transforming the industry and/or community 

  • Hiq Lee (Experian North America)
  • Shunda Robinson (GM Financial)

The goal of the 2021 expo is to equip FinServ professionals to immediately implement measurable shifts in their lives and businesses in an environment (and industry) that demands agility.

Attendees will experience business shifting content and tools from change makers and leaders of globally recognized brands in the key areas of: Diversity & Inclusion with an exploration of Social Issues, Business Best Practices and Pivots, and Innovative Technology. 

A unique gathering, this event brings together all the players in the financial services industry — from housing and insurance to banking and wealth management.

Globally lauded motivational speaker, Dr. Eric Thomas, or “ET”, will keynote.

For more information about the 2021 FINSERV EXPO or to nominate a D&I influencer for next year’s award, visit www.FinServExpo.com 

Pre-Event and Post-Event Interviews Are Available.


About The Council for Inclusion in Financial Services (CIFS)An industry initiative created to help the financial services industry develop and sustain an inclusive workforce and bridge the gap between the varied industry-wide diversity and inclusion initiatives. Initially formed to address the requirements of Section 342 of The Dodd-Frank Act relating to utilization of women and minorities suppliers as well as their inclusion in senior leadership roles, CIFS now addresses the fundamental challenges that inadvertently create exclusionary practices which limit all groups. The CIFS develops tools, training, certifications and sourcing vehicles for organizations across the financial services industry. www.councilforinclusion.org.

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