Below are a variety of resources that banks can utilize in their efforts surrounding diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). These resources have been curated by WBA and our DEI Advisory Group of members. To find out more, please contact one of the DEI Advisory Group's WBA staff liaisons: Rose Oswald Poels, president and CEO; Lori Kalscheuer, director of education; or Cassandra Krause, communications manager.

Get Involved with the WBA Connect DEI Peer Group

WBA Connect is a collection of peer communities, designed to be a safe space to keep bankers connected and help one another grow. Membership in the WBA Connect DEI group comes with access to the group’s exclusive online peer-to-peer listserv, and four peer connection meetings per year.   

Download a DEI Sample Policy For Banks

A customizable DEI Sample Policy is available for banks to use when implementing and/or revising their institution's policy. The sample policy is designed to serve as a template or a discussion prompt to help banks develop and maintain policies that fit their organization's specific mission, values, strategy, and policies.

WBA's DEI Statement

View WBA's statement on DEI as an integral part of our mission and service to our members.

Diverse Voices in Banking

WBA's Diverse Voices in Banking video series celebrates and helps viewers get to know bankers across Wisconsin from a wide variety of backgrounds. In the interviews, WBA President and CEO Rose Oswald Poels speaks with bankers about their careers and perspectives on the banking industry.

Financial Inclusion Resources

  • Bank On Greater Milwaukee is a collaboration between financial institutions, community-based organizations, and local government to ensure that all residents have the opportunity to be financially healthy. Together, we are working to connect people to safe, affordable, and certified banking accounts. Many Wisconsin banks already offer products that would qualify for certification or could qualify with small changes. Find out more and get certified.
  • Wisconsin Saves encourages automatic savings by splitting payroll deposits into two separate accounts (one for saving, one for spending). When employers sign up to provide this employee benefit, they receive a toolkit to help them communicate about the program and its advantages to employees.
  • BankWork$® is Employ Milwaukee’s occupational skill development program, which provides eight weeks of retail banking career training. Banks can sign up to become an employer partner to be connected to talented candidates for positions including bank teller, customer service representative, relationship banker, and personal banker.