Hear from Kevin Chavers of Blackrock and Val Kay of Lending Club, the SFA Executive Committee Sponsors of SFA’s DEI initiative
We (Kevin and Val) enthusiastically welcomed the chance to work together and launch the SFA DEI Initiative . We are both passionate advocates for promoting diversity and belonging in our industry and feel a duty to act, to not only enhance the experience of underrepresented minorities in our industry, but also, to strengthen our organizations. Moreover, we are excited and honored to work together on this vital issue and leverage our long, close and respectful friendship. We are also thrilled that SFA will serve as the fulcrum for our the industry to come together to make meaningful changes, establish aspirational goals and metrics to measure and engage a vibrant, energetic and welcoming community of diverse professionals. So come join us with this important initiative. Add your leadership help effect meaningful change. We NEED YOU!
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All our best,
SFA Executive Committee
Chief Capital Officer
SFA Executive Committee
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Join the SFA DEI Steering Committee
The Steering Committee will work closely with SFA leadership and will serve an active role in shaping the goals, objectives, and priorities of SFA’s DEI initiative. Key focus areas will include aggregating best practices, conceptualizing engagement opportunities, and ultimately designing our industry’s “network of networks.”
Email [email protected] to learn more.
Join SFA’s DEI Membership
SFA’s DEI membership is open to all industry participants, regardless of SFA membership status, and is complimentary to join. By signing up, you will be notified of the latest news, developments, and networking opportunities in conjunction with the initiative.
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- Foster a deep appreciation among participants in the structured finance industry around the value of tangible, visible, and demonstrable diversity at our firms – at all levels, and particularly at the senior levels – and promote understanding of how such diversity increases the industry’s ability to serve the real economy.
- Enhance access and long-term success in the structured finance industry for people of color, women, and LGBTQ+.
- Establish and hold ourselves as an organization accountable for real change, including instituting key performance metrics and sharing these results broadly.
- Create a community where industry participants share best practices, ideas, and challenges so that we can all learn from one another and make progress together.
- Conduct regular research analyzing our industry’s impact on communities of color, and work to ensure that progress is made to close the inequality gap in credit access to these communities across the country.
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SFA’s DEI initiative is a collaborative effort between SFA’s Board of Directors, membership, executive leadership, and the broader industry. Associated programming is funded through annual SFA membership dues, and the DEI Steering Committee works with SFA to create and curate educational content and networking opportunities.
If you are interested in getting involved, please email [email protected].