FNBO Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Statement
Authors: Alec Gorynski, Vice President, Community Development & Corporate Philanthropy and Amelis Long, Director, Inclusion & Diversity
As we reflect on the challenges facing our world today, we have the opportunity and responsibility as an employer, bank, and community partner to advance the spirit of inclusion and belonging. We are motivated by our longstanding belief in corporate social responsibility, where our actions influence the success of our employees, customers, and communities. Until all are confident in the knowledge that they belong at our great big, small bank, our work is unfinished.
FNBO is committed to belonging, inclusion, diversity and equity. This is demonstrated by Impact by FNBO, our community and social responsibility program, working in tandem with our internal inclusion and diversity efforts to foster social and economic success for all of our stakeholders.
We are committed to intentionally and proactively creating pathways to success for historically underrepresented populations, regardless of but not limited to their age, race, color, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, religion or military status. To accomplish this:
We Support by partnering with and empowering nonprofit organizations that break down barriers to economic and social opportunities; making impact investments in programs that target historically underrepresented communities; and working closely with our Belonging and Inclusion employee group to make contributions in programs that proactively advance belonging, inclusion and equity.
We Bank and We Finance by increasing access to the financial tools, advice and guidance, and community experiences that will help individuals improve their financial futures, especially those often left out of the financial system.
We Employ, fostering a culture of belonging and inclusion so that every employee is valued, and has opportunity and the ability to make an impact. FNBO strives to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve in the makeup of our workforce.
We Buy, actively supporting small businesses in our communities by purchasing from them, in particular those owned by underrepresented populations.
About the Authors:
Alec serves as Vice President of Community Development and Corporate Philanthropy for FNBO and President of the First National Community Development Corporation. In his role he heads the bank’s efforts to be an agent of positive change in its communities through philanthropy, investing, leadership, and the use other bank tools across its seven-state footprint. Complementing his professional experience, Alec is a co-founder and board member of Spark – a community development intermediary; past-president and Treasurer of Omaha 100 – a nonprofit CDFI; and holds board and sub-committee positions with Lending Link, the Nebraska Arts Council, the Omaha Community Foundation, and InCommon Community Development. He holds a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and Bachelor of Science degrees in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Peru State College.
Amelis Long joined FNBO in 2016 and has performed various roles including specialty product education and sales for the Wealth Management Group and recruiting and talent consulting for the Human Resources team. Currently, Amelis serves as the Director of Inclusion & Diversity. In her role, she leads the design and implementation of FNBO’s strategy to foster an environment of belonging with a focus on inclusion, workforce diversity and cross-cultural understanding. She also serves as primary consultant for the employee-led Belonging & Inclusion Group (BIG). Amelis serves as a board member at Madonna School and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication and Master’s Degree in Counseling from Creighton University.