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, April 9, 2021:  Diversity & Inclusion as a Competitive Advantage; 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 

Register here:  https://njbankers.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ADjXyIf0S1i9s3vR0Et5LQ

NJBankers Diversity Calendar

DEI Council Members
Alycia Banks, Training & Development Officer, Columbia Bank
Alethea Batts, SVP Learning and Organization Development, Chief Diversity Officer, Lakeland Bank
Lavette Bobbitt, AVP, HR Business Partner, Talent Development Team Lead, Northfield Bank
Erica A. Connor, AVP, Human Resources Manager, Manasquan Bank
Emilio A Cooper, EVP & Chief Deposit Officer, First Bank
Brydget Falk-Drigan, EVP, Chief Human Resources Officer, Peapack-Gladstone Bank
Michelle Foster, Human Resources Director, Magyar Bank
Damien Ghee, Regional Vice President, SVP, TD Bank
Karen Hackes, VP, HR Assistant Director, Blue Foundry Bank 
Tammy G Mata, SVP, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Valley National Bank
Silvia Merino-Topley, VP Senior Lending Compliance Analyst, Kearny Bank
Donna Redmond, 1st VP, Employee Relations Executive Senior, New York Community Bancorp, Inc.
Elaine Rizzo, EVP, Human Resources and Learning Officer, Investors Bank
Anthony Santiago, Corporate Recruiter, Cross River Bank
Chevonese Wilson, VP, M&T 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


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: