Diversity & Inclusion

Open discussions

The Richmond Fed has a long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion in our workplace and business practices. We believe it takes each of us to make diversity and inclusion happen, and the result is an environment where people feel respected, valued, engaged and appreciated. This environment is supported throughout our organization, and is reinforced through education, employee resource networks, mentoring and diversity recruiting.

We look for people with diverse skills and experience — coupled with a commitment to excellence — to help us achieve our mission. We embrace diversity by recognizing, valuing and leveraging our differences for the good of our employees, customers, stakeholders and constituents.

Diversity Recruiting

We seek and employ qualified people and provide all our employees with equal treatment and equal opportunities. To ensure we have the broadest, most diverse pool of applicants for all of our job openings, we build relationships with historically black colleges and universities, civic and community groups, professional organizations and events that focus on minority and women students and professionals. 

Employee Resource Networks

Employee Resource Networks  

Our employee resource networks (ERNs) recognize the value of our differences and bring together people with common interests and affinities — including ethnicity, generational differences, sexual orientation, disability, gender and professional interests — to provide diverse perspectives that impact our workplace and community.

Our Bank currently has eight ERNs. Membership is open to all employees.

  • Ability Beyond the Label (ABLe)
  • First to Serve (veterans and first responders)
  • Generations United
  • Generating the Recognition of Women (GROW)
  • Leading in Project Management (LiPM)
  • Pride, Respect, Inclusion, Support, Mutual (PRISM) — gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees and allies
  • Supporting the Advancement of Asian American Recognition and Talent (STAAART)
  • Valuing the Inclusion of Talented African Americans and Latinos (VITAL) 

Our ERNs benefit employees and our Bank by:

  • Providing professional development opportunities
  • Increasing employee engagement through networking and exposure opportunities
  • Enhancing our community outreach and civic engagement efforts
  • Increasing cross-cultural awareness and understanding
  • Attracting diverse talent
  • Supporting our Bank’s diversity and inclusion efforts and other strategic initiatives

Let’s Connect

We believe open and honest dialogue leads to the best outcomes, so our Bank provides opportunities for employees to talk about whatever is on their minds. Employee forums include question-and-answer sessions with senior leaders and employee panelists. In addition, our senior leaders regularly host “Let’s Connect” sessions where employees can connect with their colleagues around topics important to having an inclusive workplace. “Let’s Connect” sessions aren’t presentations, lectures or Q&A sessions — rather, they’re facilitated conversations where employees across the organization can openly discuss topics and learn from each other.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond provides equal opportunity to all individuals without regard to race, sex, color, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information.

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Annual Report to Congress

Our Office of Diversity & Inclusion produces an Annual Report to Congress outlining our successes, challenges and next steps in the areas of workforce diversity, supplier diversity and financial education activities.

Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality 2018
LGBTQ Equality

The Richmond Fed is honored to once again be named a “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign.

Champions of Disability Employment

The Richmond Fed received the 2016 Capital District Champions of Disability Employment Award for our dedication to hiring and supporting individuals with disabilities.Read more.