Equality is an integrated principle of the Michigan Bankers Association (MBA). The MBA promotes a culture of respect for all individuals, believing the keys to empowerment for our members and the communities they serve are:

  • Celebrating diversity
  • Promoting inclusiveness
  • Advancing access to financial services

Send a Question

Do you or your team have a question on diversity, equity, or inclusion? We are here to help find the resources you need. All webinars, articles, and information we release regularly will take in to account any questions we receive. Please contact Natisha Jorae at njorae@mibankers.com or 517-243-4274

Events & Webinars

ABA DEI Open Forum
March 16, 2021 3:30 pm EST
 a forum for bankers to discuss and share current trends, challenges, and leading practices. This group also offers feedback on DEI policy and advocacy efforts and provide input on ABA resources related to diversity and inclusion.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resources



FDIC Publishes Strategic Plan to Enhance DEI Efforts. Read more.

MBA Continues Work With FDIC Southeast Michigan Alliance For Economic Inclusion
- The MBA advocacy team joined the FDIC and a myriad of community partners yesterday morning to discuss products and services to promote financial inclusion. Financial Literacy programs such as Great Lakes Saves, Show Me the Money Day and America Saves were discussed. MSHDA & FHLBI presented new down payment assistance programs to encourage homeownership and stakeholders from the City of Detroit and HUD also shared their efforts in this space. Financial education and inclusion remain a top priority for the MBA and our industry at large.

Podcast: The Changing Faces of Wealth Management - From the ongoing generational wealth transfer to new “wealthtech” solutions and investor demands for sustainability and diversity, big changes are happening in the wealth management sector.
Illusory Level Playing Fields - “Yes, there is a pay gap, yes there is a pay difference. But there’s far more to it than just comparing numbers.”
Women in the Boardroom - Women represent more than half of the population, more than half of degree-holding employees and they control the majority of the buying power in American households. Yet, they are consistently under-represented on corporate boards and in C-suites.


Comcast Corp. is making $1 million in grants available to minority-owned businesses in Detroit, part of its Comcast RISE Investment Fund.
13 Inspiring Women to Celebrate
 - #1 is the first woman bank president!
Key Money Milestones in Black History - African Americans have long been an integral part of the financial services and banking industry. In honor of Black History Month, we wanted to highlight a few of those money milestones. 


'Double standard': Black lawmakers and activists decry police response to attack on US Capitol
CFPB Task Force Releases Report on Improving Consumer Protection in Financial Marketplace

Let's Discuss

Everyone is welcome! We’re always growing our network of participants, programs and tools all designed to help bankers manage their careers. We know through experience that different ideas, perspectives and backgrounds create a stronger and more creative learning and work environment that delivers better results. Our programs have grown to meet the educational needs of our membership, as they strive to serve their diverse customer base, whether in an urban environment or a rural community.  From women in banking to emerging leaders – we have a commitment to help our members learn, grow, collaborate and connect. - Stephanie Fisher, SVP Education

The framing of a DEI conversation around the concept of processes and outcomes was particularly striking. The example of equity and inclusion as a process that can be implemented organization wide for the stated goal/outcome of achieving robust diversity provides a concrete starting point for intentional changes. - Alex Morris, AVP Advocacy

Fear.  Fear drives
so much.  When we consider conversations and actions surrounding diversity, equity and inclusion, conquering our fear, as individuals, as well as collective groups is essential.  We must have difficult discussions.  We must address deficiencies.  We must provide safe forums for open, candid conversations of sharing and learning. - Rann Paynter, President & CEO

Previous Discussions

New York Fed Web Series on Culture: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Diversity... It's Personal: Becoming a Champion for Change.

Breaking Money Silence® on Equity and Inclusion
ABA DEI Open Forum - February CareerWorks
Building a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategy That Works
Race Matters - Don't Talk, Do  - On Demand
ABA DEI Open Forum January - Discussion on Neurodiversity
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summit
MBA Service Corporation Endorsed Partner DE&I Roundtable
Agenda Managing the Stress & Discord of 2020 - Webinar
Why Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Matter Now Webinar - 

Staff Picks
MBA staff have enjoyed the following media and would like to share with you.

📽️ The Banker - In the 1960s two African-American entrepreneurs hire a working-class white man to pretend to be the head of their business empire while they pose as a janitor and chauffeur.
🕮 The Kindest Lie - Powerful and revealing, The Kindest Lie captures the heartbreaking divide between Black and white communities and offers both an unflinching view of motherhood in contemporary America and the never-ending quest to achieve the American Dream.
🕮 Conscious Capitalism - At once a bold defense and reimagining of capitalism and a blueprint for a new system for doing business grounded in a more evolved ethical consciousness, this book provides a new lens for individuals and companies looking to build a more cooperative, humane, and positive future.


New York Fed Web Series on Culture: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion