Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion

We support a diverse and inclusive work environment where employees are respected, treated fairly, and given equal opportunities to perform to their fullest potential. By valuing diverse experiences, styles, approaches and ideas, we can achieve our goals, serve our stakeholders and become a higher-performing organization.

Diversity & Inclusion Framework

The District’s Diversity and Inclusion Framework focuses on three strategic areas: culture, talent pipeline and community and branding. These areas center on: improving employee engagement; reducing parity gaps in hiring, promoting and retaining talent; and attracting minority & female talent, influencing minority representation in financial services industry and supporting M/WBEs. Our Office of Diversity and Inclusion supports these efforts through:

  • Strategic consulting within the Bank
  • Providing guidance to our Employee Support Network Groups
  • Building community partnerships
  • Participating in the Financial Services Pipeline Initiative
  • Fulfilling the mission of the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion

Professional and Diversity Network Groups

The Bank's professional and diversity network groups provide opportunities for leadership and networking, share and promote common interests, and help our organization address the emerging cultural and societal issues impacting us all.

Diversity Network Groups

  • Black Impact Group
  • Asian-American Affinity Group
  • Generation Empowerment Network
  • Latino Resource Association
  • Spectrum (LGBTQ Association)
  • Veterans Support Group
  • Women's Impact Network

Professional Network Groups

  • Learning Leaders
  • Toastmasters Club

Expanding Diverse Talent in Chicago’s Financial Services Industry

Recruiting and retention efforts are essential as the Bank continues to make significant gains to address minority representation in the financial services industry. The Bank participates in a collaborative of Chicago-based financial services firms to address the lack of diversity in the financial sector, particularly the relatively low representation of African-American and Latinos.   

The Bank, along with its 19 Chicago-based financial services industry partners, is committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion and has long focused on efforts meant to increase the racial and gender diversity of the sector.  

For more information about this important work and the Bank’s commitment to leading these efforts, visit FSPChicago.org.

Office of Minority & Women Inclusion

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago's  Annual Report to Congress offers a comprehensive summary of the Bank's accomplishments, challenges and opportunities as they relate to minority and women employment, supplier diversity and financial literary and community outreach. The Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI) was established by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which was signed into law in 2010.

The Chicago Fed’s People & Culture department executes the responsibilities of OMWI under the leadership of Senior Vice President, Kathryn Medina.

photo of Kathryn Medina

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Women Impact Network
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Chicago staff assemble to create a human pride flag
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The Human Rights Campaign's 2019 Corporate Equality Index seal, denoting the Chicago Fed as on the bets places to work for LGBTQ equality.
Human Rights Campaign Foundation Best Places to work 2019
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Law enforcement officers take part in the Polar Bear Plunge to benefit the Special Olympics
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