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Embracing the diversity of thought

Employee: Steve

Job Title: Manager – Payment Services, Enablement Marketing & Communications

I graduated from Roosevelt Universitywith a bachelor’s degree in Business Management. I also have a Master’s Degree in Information Systems from DePaul University. Being the first in my family to graduate from college and obtain a master’s degree, I’m proud to say I’ve been in the financial services industry for over 13 years, most of that with Discover.

One reason I like working for Discover and have stayed with the company for over a decade is because of its commitment to diversity and inclusion. Discover has a variety of Employee Resource Groups to participate in, and I personally am part of a group called HOLA!, which stands for Helping Organize Latino Efforts.

HOLA!’s mission is to be at the center of the Latino community to be able to share insights and information that will help Discover harness the full potential of its employees, partners and customers. I’ve served as a co-chair of my location’s chapter for 3 year, helping provide a community atmosphere to currently Latino employees as well as awareness to employees and business units regarding the importance of diversity in both hiring and marketing.

How have you seen the Diversity & Inclusion evolve during your 11 years here at Discover?

Over the years I’ve seen Discover not only embrace the openness of culture, community, and lifestyle, but also a diversity of thought. With such a diverse workforce, it’s great to see the company embrace groups and communities into the Discover Values; from participating in Pride parades across the nation, to serving military veterans and working to empower people living with disabilities. I think having a diverse employee base provides a diverse set of thoughts and experiences, and it’s through these experiences that we are able to make business decisions that are inclusive of individuals of all different backgrounds.

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