LEAP Continues Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Annual Diversity & Equity Statement Signed & 2019 Regional Diversity Star Award Presented

With an eye toward highlighting exemplary diversity, equity and inclusion business practices, the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) presented its fifth annual Regional Diversity Star Award to CASE Credit Union during its Feb. 11, 2020, board of director’s meeting at Dean Transportation Center in Lansing, Michigan.

LEAP’s Regional Diversity Star Award is presented annually to a LEAP member business demonstrating commitment and taking action to create a diverse and welcoming workplace culture where top talent wants to work and succeed. Past awardees include:

  • AF Group (2015)
  • Sparrow Hospital (2016)
  • Foster Swift (2017)
  • MSUFCU (2018)

CASE Credit Union is LEAP’s 2019 Regional Diversity Star awardee. CASE was selected based on a history of demonstrating diverse and inclusive hiring practices and services including:

  • Recruiting and supporting a diverse employee group that represents the community CASE is dedicated to serving, 43 percent of which is nonwhite and 66.7 percent female.
  • Commitment to a broadly defined diversity and inclusion statement focused on providing a safe, healthy, harassment free environment for all employees and members; and annual diversity and inclusion training for all employees.
  • Fulfilling their mission as a Community Development Credit Union (CDCU), which is focused on serving and increasing the financial success of clients who may be struggling with imperfect, limited or no credit history, so they are able to acquire fairly priced loans.
  • Providing financial education counseling and other debt reduction and management services to members.

“CASE Credit Union is elated to receive LEAP’s 2019 regional diversity star award. Diversity and inclusion, both internally with our staff, as well as within the diverse community we serve, is at the heart of CASE’s mission. It’s an honor to be recognized for putting our values into action, and to serve as an example for businesses wishing to do the same,” said Jeff Benson, president and CEO of CASE.

In addition to presenting the 2019 regional diversity star award, the LEAP board of directors signed its annual diversity and equity statement, which serves as a symbol of LEAP’s commitment to providing economic development services and programs that contribute to a diverse, inclusive and welcoming Lansing region.

“Valuing diversity and inclusion is a vitally important first step, but even more critical is putting those values into practice. This nuance is a key differentiator of successful businesses and communities,” said Bob Trezise, president and CEO of LEAP. “LEAP’s annual re-commitment to diversity and equity and our diversity star award are meant to highlight local organizations who have successfully embedded diversity, equity and inclusion into their cultures. Thank you to Jeff Benson and CASE Credit Union, all of our past Diversity Star Award recipients and the LEAP board of directors for serving as models for businesses across the region.”

To learn more about the LEAP diversity initiative, please visit purelansing.com/diversity