National Business Inclusion Consortium Awards Top Honors for Cross-Segment Diversity Practices in Financial Services Industry

| By Laura Berry
New York, New York, (02/04/14) – Last night the National Business Inclusion Consortium (NBIC) presented the 2014 Financial Services Diversity Leadership Awards at the New York Stock Exchange. Awards were given to BNY Mellon, Fidelity Investments, and Bank of America for dedication and significant strides to support and sustain diversity best practices.
 
Hosted by the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) for the past seven years, this event brings together a premier forum of top financial services companies, diverse business advocacy organizations, and government officials. In addition to NGLCC, collaborating partners in the NBIC include the Women's Business Enterprise National Council, the National Black Justice Coalition, the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, US Business Leadership Network: Disability at Work, the United States Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce, and WEConnect International.
 
 > Watch the NBIC and SBA Acting Administrator Jeanne Hulit ring the closing bell at the NYSE on Monday, Februry 3. 
 
"The organizations that make up the NBIC account for more than nearly 9 trillion dollars in consumer spending power,” said Justin Nelson, NGLCC President and Co-Founder. "This event calls attention to those leaders and companies who recognize the valuable contribution diverse communities make to the marketplace and the workplace."
 
Program or Initiative of the Year
  • In a continued effort to expand Bank of America’s diversity and inclusion initiatives, the company launched the LGBT Pride Ally program in June 2013. By focusing on the day-to-day interactions and dialogues between colleagues across the bank, they foster a more inclusive workplace enabling LGBT colleagues to be more comfortable, effective, and committed to Bank of America.
Corporate Leader of the Year 
  • As the first Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion at Fidelity Investments, John Basile uses his skills to include diversity in all aspects of the workplace environment. He is a founding member of Fidelity Pride, the inaugural employee resource group at Fidelity Investments, and he drives cross-segment diversity initiatives, including programs to attract, retain, and develop women in the IT field. 
Financial Services Diversity Corporation of the Year
  • BNY Mellon’s approach to global diversity and inclusion is driven through an integrated framework of strategic forces: workforce, workplace, marketplace and leadership. All 50,000 BNY Mellon employees around the world bring the company’s diversity strategy to life through engagement, participation, leadership, training and advocacy of diversity and inclusion initiatives and programs at global, regional and local levels. Exceeding $900 million over the past five years, the company’s supplier development program has helped diverse suppliers build capacity to grow their businesses.
 
For a complete list of finalists and for previous years honorees, please contact Laura Berry, Communications Director, at 1-202-234-9181 or [email protected].
 
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About the NGLCC
The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) is the only global not-for-profit advocacy organization dedicated to expanding the economic opportunities and advancements of LGBT business community. As the national certifying body for LGBT-owned businesses, with 140 corporate partners and 52 local, state, and international affiliate chambers, NGLCC is the largest LGBT business development and economic advocacy organization in the world. Learn more at www.nglcc.org!