The award recognizes a regional business that embraces diversity in their workplace, vendor partnerships, and the community. The Bank was selected from 20 corporate applicants as this year’s winner because the organization has demonstrated that diversity is core to its people, practices and partnerships.

"At the Bank, we are focused on ensuring everyone feels like it is their job to promote diversity and inclusion,” said Kansas City Fed President Esther George in a video that was shown before the Bank accepted the honor.

Senior Vice President and Director of the Bank’s Office of Women and Minority Inclusion Donna Ward and Assistant Vice President and Deputy Director of Diversity Andrea Hendricks accepted the award on behalf of the Bank. 

The event included a panel discussion among representatives of local companies who spoke about challenges and best practices related to diversity and inclusion at their workplaces. Three individuals from the Kansas City area were recognized for their outstanding commitment to diversity.