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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

  • ROUNDTABLE: Cultivating a Culture of Inclusion in Divisive Times (Closed to Media)

    Location: Congressional Room,
    Second Floor


    Speaker(s)

    Bill Fahey, Vice President, Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI), Fannie Mae

    Christopher D. Bell, Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP

    Loreli Wilson, Director, Diversity & Inclusion Programs, Veterans United Home Loans

    Tujuanna B. Williams, Principal, Tujuanna Williams Consulting

    Breakout Session,

    Roundtable

    Divisive rhetoric has spread beyond private conversations and into public discourse, putting companies in the cross-hairs of politics. Discuss how company leaders walk the line of political neutrality while cultivating a culture of workplace inclusion.

    Speaker(s)

    Bill Fahey, Vice President, Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI), Fannie Mae

    Bill Fahey is Vice President, Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI) at Fannie Mae. In this role, he leads the day-to-day operations of OMWI. Together with the SVP & Chief Compliance/OMWI Officer, Bill promotes non-discrimination, diversity, and inclusion, and develops and implements strategies to ensure diversity and inclusion are embedded in the company’s initiatives, programs, and practices.  Prior to his current position, Bill was Vice President, Human Capital Planning in Human Resources at Fannie Mae. In this capacity, he was responsible for ensuring the development and execution of multi-year divisional human capital plans for the Single-Family business that aligned with the company’s overall strategic plan. Bill also served in other positions in Human Resources, including Vice President, HR Shared Services and Director, HR Business Partners. Prior to joining Fannie Mae in 2010, Bill was Vice President, Technology and Operations, Human Resources, at BNY Mellon. Before that, he held several HR leadership positions within the financial services industry, including at Thomson Reuters and Merrill Lynch. Earlier in his career, Bill held operational positions at Heller Financial and Chemical Bank

    Christopher D. Bell, Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP

    Christopher D. Bell leads the firm's FHA and GSE Financing Team and advises and represents real estate lenders, borrowers, and developers on transactional and regulatory issues, with a concentration on financing transactions involving government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) such as Fannie Mae.  Prior to joining Ballard Spahr, Chris practiced for more than 10 years at Fannie Mae, a GSE chartered by Congress to support the secondary mortgage market. As the agency's Associate General Counsel of Housing and Community Development, he served as Fannie Mae's lead attorney for affordable housing transactions and secondary market construction loan participations and syndications. His experience includes a variety complex real estate finance transactions, including those involving mortgage-backed securities, bond credit enhancement, mezzanine debt, senior housing, and pool purchases.  In addition, Chris served as lead counsel for Fannie Mae's corporate charitable arm, the Office of Community Investment and Engagement, where he provided legal counsel regarding grant documentation, intellectual property rights, procurement, audit, and compliance matters.  Chris has years of experience with form loan documents, requirements for Delegated Underwriting and Servicing (DUS) lenders, and product enhancement review and design.  Additionally, Chris has represented clients, both as in-house corporate counsel and as outside counsel, in the full range of real estate matters, including sales, acquisitions, foreclosures, zoning, land use, development cooperation agreements, retail and office leasing, bond purchase agreements, easement agreements, development conditions, and proffers.

    Loreli Wilson, Director, Diversity & Inclusion Programs, Veterans United Home Loans

    Loreli Wilson serves as the director of Diversity & Inclusion Programs at Veterans United Home Loans, directing the diversity and inclusion initiative, including diversity recruitment, programming and college relations. She is dedicated to promoting an inclusive workforce conducive to Veterans United’s unique culture, and ultimately strives for each employee to feel comfortable in their own skin. She was acknowledged in Columbia Business Times’ 20 under 40 class of 2017, and has contributed to Veterans United Home Loans diversity initiative being recognized in 2018 with the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Residential Leadership Award for Diversity and Inclusion, the 2017 Corporate Leader of Inclusion + Innovation nationally by the Society of Diversity and locally by the City of Columbia with the Columbia Values Diversity 2018 award. With a background in Human Resources and Recruiting, she has volunteered her skills to such organizations as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Missouri as a board member, Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) MO as Director of Diversity and currently serves as the president of the Inclusive Impact Institute and as a board member of the Boone County Historical Society.

    Tujuanna B. Williams, Principal, Tujuanna Williams Consulting

    Tujuanna B. Williams is the founder and Principal of Tujuanna Williams Consulting LLC, a multi-faceted management consulting and coaching firm specializing in diversity, inclusion, access and equity. Tujuanna Williams Consulting LLC helps corporations, non-profits, professionals and entrepreneurs maximize talent and achieve enhanced business results with strategy implementation, talent optimization and inclusive leadership behaviors resulting in more inclusive work environments.  Ms. Williams is recognized as a highly accomplished leader, strategist, facilitator and sought-after speaker on topics driving inclusion, diversity and courageous conversations in the workplace. She most recently held the position of Vice President & Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Fannie Mae. In her role she conceptualized, created and executed a multi-pronged diversity and inclusion strategy. Under her guidance, a culture of inclusion enterprise-wide was introduced. Ms. Willams also focused on creating an inclusive workplace by providing training and education to increase the level of cultural competence of all people managers. One of Fannie Mae’s successful initiatives is “Let’s Talk About It: Courageous Conversations,” created and facilitated by Ms. Williams. This enterprise wide initiative was launched in 2015 to address the multitude of social issues impacting various communities such as the Charleston Nine shootings, the Pulse nightclub shootings, Muslim travel ban, the Black Lives Matter Movement and other ongoing violence. Ms. Williams recognizes the most diversity that anyone ever experiences is in the workplace, so it is vitally important to address societal issues where they exist. Silence is not an option!  Prior to joining Fannie Mae, Ms. Williams had high profile success at Verizon, US Airways and the only person to have lead Diversity and Inclusion at both Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae the two GSE’s. Her collaborative partnership style has won her recognition and acclaim from such publications as Black Enterprise Magazine, Top Fifty Chief Diversity Officers, DiversityInc. Savoy Magazine, 100 Top Executives in America, Profiles in Diversity, Women Worth Watching, Women in Housing Leading Lady by MReport and the Washington Business Journal.

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