Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council
Thank You to Our DEI Council Underwriter

The mission of the NJBankers Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council is to cultivate a more inclusive banking community by providing our members with resources and programming on issues with respect to race, gender, gender identities, sexual orientation and disabilities. We are committed to promoting values that achieve more equitable outcomes.

Banking on DEI – Webinar Series
The “Banking on DEI” webinar series features different topics that support the DEI Council’s mission.  The webinars include speaker presentations followed by a roundtable discussion.

Upcoming Banking on DEI Webinars
Friday, February 5th,10:00 am – 11:00 am - Diversity Recruiting: Attracting and Hiring Diverse Talent

Friday, March 5th, 10:00 am – 11:00 am -  Retaining Diverse Talent 

DEI Council Members
Alycia Banks, Training & Development Officer, Columbia Bank
Alethea Batts, SVP Learning and Organization Development, Chief Diversity Officer, Lakeland Bank
Emilio A Cooper, Executive Vice President &, Chief Deposit Officer, First Bank
Michelle Foster, Human Resources Director, Magyar Bank
Damien Ghee, Regional Vice President, SVP, TD Bank
Tammy G Mata, SVP, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Valley National Bank
Silvia Merino-Topley, VP Senior Lending Compliance Analyst, Kearny Bank

Ex-Officio Members
Michael P. Affuso, Esq., Executive Vice President/Director of Government Relations, New Jersey Bankers Association
Matthew Cooney, CEO, Bankers Cooperative Group
John E. McWeeney, Jr. President & CEO, New Jersey Bankers Association

NJBankers Liaison
Jessica Jakobson, Vice President/Manager of Member Experiences, New Jersey Bankers Association

Diversity Calendar – coming soon!

Inclusive Leadership with Carla Harris: 

Diversity Programs that Get Results, Harvard Business Review:  

Six DEI Resolutions Your Company Should Commit To, Forbes:  

How to Strengthen Inclusive Leadership in Times of Crisis, EY: