The GBC spoke with several Bridging the Gap committee members about their thoughts on the GBC’s first annual Bridging the Gap: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit, which takes place on October 21, 2019.
Deborah L. Matz, Director of Treasury Management Services, Howard Bank, shared her views about the upcoming event.
GBC: Why do you think this is an important conversation to have in the Baltimore region?
Deborah Matz: I think Baltimore is really a melting pot for many ethnic groups and with that, we in the region can leverage perspectives and ideas that come from these diverse groups in our businesses. When businesses foster that diversity and are successful, then the whole region prospers.
What type of people should attend the summit?
The summit is really open to any leader, at any level, at any business or organization. It’s not just designed for the C-Suite executive or even just the HR Director. I think any leader in an organization should attend.
What can attendees expect from the event?
Attendees can expect that they are going to be quite challenged in their thoughts, but I think they are also going to find the summit to be really insightful. Our goal is that they are going to leave the summit with tangible, actionable items to take back to their organization that are going to be meaningful and really help those organizations grow.
In the banking industry, what’s the landscape in terms of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion?
I think in the banking industry, like many industries, you run the gamut of where companies are relative to fostering an environment of diversity and inclusion. But, I think that is why we also find holding the summit right now is so relevant and so timely. It’s going to help all businesses, regardless of industry, get better.
Are you interested in learning more about making the workplace and community more inclusive? Register to attend the inaugural Bridging the Gap: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit on October 21.
Story by Zoe Adams