WASHINGTON, D.C. — (RealEstateRama) — Lisa Haynes, Chief Financial and Diversity and Inclusion Officer of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), was presented with a 2019 Diversity & Inclusion Award by the Council for Inclusion in Financial Services (CIFS), at CIFS’ third Annual National FinServ Expo in Irving, Texas.
The CIFS Diversity & Inclusion Awards recognizes individuals and organizations who promote inclusion through education, technology, advocacy, industry outreach, and philanthropy. Haynes was honored for her leadership and tireless efforts on diversity and inclusion, both at MBA and across the housing finance industry.
“Under Lisa’s leadership, MBA has made strides to ensure our industry’s workforce reflects and understands the increasingly diverse consumers we serve in communities across America,” said Marcia Davies, MBA Chief Operating Officer and founder of mPower. “I want to personally congratulate her on being recognized by CIFS for spearheading initiatives that have positively impacted real estate finance professionals and our members’ workplace culture.”
With Haynes at the forefront, MBA has started several alliance agreements, strategic partnerships, and outreach efforts to promote an inclusive environment for mortgage industry professionals. This includes a partnership with the National Association of Minority Mortgage Bankers of America (NAMMBA), allowing for collaboration on industry conferences and meetings, with a focus on professional development scholarship opportunities, and strong recruitment efforts.
Haynes is also a leading voice on MBA’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, formed in 2013 to help the real estate finance industry gain a competitive advantage by increasing diversity in leadership, workforce, and suppliers. Through MBA’s Path to Diversity Scholarship Program, its vibrant women (mPower) and young professional (mPact) networking groups, and ongoing professional development seminars, the Committee focuses on best practices, tackles issues and potential barriers, and creates networking opportunities that advance overall diversity and inclusion within the industry.
“I am thrilled to receive a Diversity and Inclusion Award from CIFS, and look forward to building off past successes and creating a better tomorrow for professionals in our industry,” said Haynes. “Pushing the mortgage industry forward and helping ensure tomorrow’s leaders represent all backgrounds is important. The future success of MBA and our members depends on embracing this goal.”
For more information on MBA’s Diversity and Inclusion commitment, visit the Diversity and Inclusion Resource Center at https://www.mba.org/news-research-and-resources/diversity-and-inclusion.
Rob Van Raaphorst