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Wells Fargo Implements DEI Hiring + Retention Efforts to Advance Opportunities

Wells Fargo Inclusion Award

Wells Fargo has been recognized as a 2021 Inclusion Award winner by the Greater Des Moines Partnership for championing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) throughout their business. Inclusion Award winners were selected by a committee of Inclusion Council members and Partnership team members.

Wells Fargo won in the Large Organization category (more than 500 employees) at the 9th Annual Inclusion Summit, held Wednesday, Nov. 10 at the FFA Enrichment Center at the Des Moines Area Community College Ankeny Campus. The Summit’s theme — Equity in Action — gave attendees the opportunity to learn more about what equity means, discover tools and resources to build equity-centered practices and honor the four Inclusion Award winners of 2021.

Diverse Hiring + Retention Efforts

Wells Fargo has spent time crafting intentional efforts to add to their hiring and retention process and create a diverse workforce at all levels. These efforts include advancement opportunities into leadership positions, growth opportunities and making a difference in the community.

For over 20 years, Marta Codina, region bank president, Midwest central region, has seen DEI come to the forefront. Wells Fargo currently offers Employee Resource Networks. These groups are connected by a shared background or experience and include the following:

  • Asian Connection
  • Black & African American Connection
  • Disability Connection
  • Generation Connection
  • Hispanic & Latino Connection
  • Middle East Connection
  • Native Peoples Connection
  • Pride Connection
  • Veterans’ Connection
  • Women’s Connection

Through the networks, team members can become more engaged, and this helps to serve Wells Fargo’s customers. Codina said they are not just focused on internal DEI, but also what that looks like for the customers as well.

To qualify for the Inclusion Award, businesses must be a Partnership Member or Investor.

See the full list of 2021 Inclusion Award winners here. Watch the Inclusion Award celebration below:


Greater Des Moines (DSM) welcomes diverse talent to the region. As one of the fastest growing business communities, inclusion and attracting diverse talent in the workplace is a key strategy of the Greater Des Moines Partnership. Learn more here.

Greater Des Moines Partnership

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is the economic and community development organization that serves Greater Des Moines (DSM), Iowa. Together with 23 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce, more than 6,500 Regional Business Members and more than 400 Investors, The Partnership drives economic growth with one voice, one mission and as one region. Through innovation, strategic planning and global collaboration, The Partnership grows opportunity, helps create jobs and promotes DSM as the best place to build a business, a career and a future. Learn more at DSMpartnership.com.