Key Wins Sam H. Jones Award

Key wins prestigious 'Sam H. Jones' Indiana diversity award

Last month, KeyBank in Indiana received top honors for its commitment and leadership to foster diversity -- in the community and in the workplace.

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard recently hosted the 12th Annual Mayor's Celebration of Diversity Awards honoring businesses, including Key, and organizations for their contributions to diversity on Jan. 8.

The Mayor's Celebration of Diversity Awards recognizes local businesses that encourage, embrace, and celebrate differences that foster a culture of diversity and inclusiveness.

Gary Hentschel, Indiana District President, accepted the Best of the Best Mayor's Celebration of Diversity Award --"The Sam H. Jones Award" on behalf of Key. This top award is given for exemplary performance in four categories: Community Relations, Development in Diversity, Leadership in Diversity and Workplace Diversity.

"KeyBank embraces inclusion and prioritizes diversity in our workplace, our community and with our suppliers and clients," said Hentschel. "Our Central Indiana leadership and employees understand that prioritizing diversity is not only the right thing to do, it is a conscious strategy that makes good economic and business sense."

Key was recognized as a company that defines diversity as understanding and valuing differences, while drawing on similarities to achieve a common goal. "They do this by recruiting and developing top talent that blends participation of minorities and women into the management of their business," said Ballard.

"KeyBank continually develops a workforce and ways of doing business that reflect the diversity of its customers and communities," the award citation read.

Economic inclusion also is a part of KeyBank's overall diversity strategy, said Ballard. "They are expanding mutually beneficial business relationships with minority and women-owned suppliers, which enables KeyBank to deliver exceptional accounts and services to our clients. It also builds the economic wealth of the communities they serve by providing open opportunities and fair competition." (Source: Inside Indiana Business)