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SAN DIEGO—The Mortgage Bankers Association recently revealed that its 2019 Commercial Real Estate Finance/Multifamily Housing Convention & Expo that PNC Bank has been awarded the 2019 Commercial/Multifamily Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Award. PNC was selected as this year’s winner for making significant strides in gender equality through its Men as Allies program, according to a prepared release.
“This year’s award submissions from member companies were nothing short of spectacular, but PNC stood out for its purposeful efforts to ensure that men are recognizing and overcoming their own unconscious biases and actively operating as allies for women in the workplace,” said Christopher M. George, 2019 MBA Chairman, and founder, President and CEO of CMG Financial. “By helping male employees make a difference and realize the impact their voice has on gender inequality, the Men as Allies program is creating an equal playing field for women through increased mentorship, professional development and most notably, hiring and promoting women at all levels, including the senior level.”
“PNC is pleased to be recognized for our efforts in strengthening an enterprise-wide culture of gender equality through all organizational levels and geographies,” said Greg Jordan, PNC Financial Services Group general counsel and chief administrative officer, and Men As Allies executive sponsor. “Our Men as Allies program, with participants from all areas of our business and significant leadership from PNC Real Estate, underscores the importance of men advocating for women and all diverse employees. The program reinforces our commitment to creating an inclusive organization that empowers, celebrates, connects and inspires women, and we’re proud that the MBA agrees that Men As Allies is a differentiator.”
The award was accepted by PNC Executive Vice President Diana Reid and Tim Steward, co-head of Midland Loan Services.
Now in its third year of recognizing member companies in commercial real estate finance, MBA’s Commercial/Multifamily Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Award was developed to celebrate company initiatives that were specifically developed and designed to increase internal diversity and inclusion within a company’s leadership and employee base, according to a release. The award commends the hard work, dedication and creativity in the creation of exemplary programs that focus on achieving organizational diversity and inclusion.
The release points out that company initiatives were scored by a group of judges consisting of MBA staff and a member company. The companies were scored based on: the quality of their overall submission; identification of a target audience and annual goals; demonstration of a tangible benefit to participants and the overall enterprise; replicability of the program; innovative program approaches; and program success in broadening the culture of the organization through the values of diversity and inclusion.