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Committing to Equality

diversityThe American Mortgage Diversity Council (AMDC) has formulated a statement of support for industry organizations to sign on, to affirm their commitment to gender equality in the workplace. Through this Statement of Support, the organization is strengthening its commitment to fostering a culture of equality and respect within the mortgage industry.

The statement was formulated by AMDC's member organizations and includes issues of pay, advancement and cultivating respectful work cultures. It is driven by four key affirmations:

  • Valuing the contributions of all people equally regardless of gender identification or presentation and encouraging equal pay for equal work performed
  • Conducting periodic reviews across organizations to evaluate possible areas of bias and implement solutions to remove bias if it exists.
  • Supporting gender equality as a strategic objective by promoting opportunities to elevate the female executive population and thereby increasing the rate of retention, recruitment, and advancement of female employees
  • Supporting the empowering of emerging female leaders by offering development, training, and mentorship programs in strategic operational functions for future opportunities.

"The Gender Equality Statement of Support is the product of AMDC member organizations standing as one to affirm the fundamental rights of women in the workplace," said Derek Templeton, Executive Director of the AMDC. "Organizational initiatives in 2019 will focus on continued opportunities to leverage the collective voice of the membership in furtherance of our efforts to foster a culture of diversity and inclusiveness within the mortgage industry."

The statement is already gaining the support of organizations within the mortgage industry, which include, Aspen Grove Solutions, Beers Housing, Continental Real Estate Services, Doonan, Graves & Longoria, LLC, First Allegiance, Five Brothers, The Five Star Institute, JGM Property Group, Landmark, Laudan Properties, National Tax Search, Strategic Venture Partners, and SVN Auction Works.

To read the Statement of Support click here.

About Author: Radhika Ojha

Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and editor. A former Online Editor and currently a reporter for MReport, she is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her master’s degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas.
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