Diversity and Inclusion
"When all of our people feel included, they feel empowered to make good decisions, share their opinions and to innovate. If everyone feels like part of the family, we all win."
- Abby Wendel, EVP/Chief Strategy Officer & Diversity & Inclusion Executive Champion
We see diversity as more than a statement on our website.
It is the diversity of our associates and our clients that brings energy to our business and determines our future. The only way we can create an inclusive workplace is by hiring a team that is rich in diversity of culture, talent, interests and thought. We know that embracing differences requires each of us to acknowledge our own biases and to spend time with people who are different than us.
UMB is committed to providing equal employment and advancement opportunities to all qualified associates and applicants without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender (including pregnancy), gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, age, ancestry, national origin, disability, veteran status, genetic information or any other legally protected status.
Business Resource Groups
Through the feedback and thoughtfulness of our associates, our diversity practices are frequently evolving. Associates have the opportunity to participate in Business Resource Groups (BRGs), each of which focus on a unique internal audience, such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, veteran status, disabilities and more.
BRGs promote inclusion among all associates and provide a talent resource, volunteer and development opportunities, and contribute to the company's strategic business objectives. These groups play an important role at UMB by shedding light on what makes our associates unique, helping UMB hire diverse talent, and cultivating an environment where each person feels able to contribute.
UMB operates in many communities. We know that we can only best serve our clients and associates by understanding the unique needs of these communities.
Here are a few of our diverse partnerships:
- Asian Chamber
- Black Chamber
- Black Healthcare Coalition
- Business Leadership Network
- Heartland Chamber
- Human Rights Campaign
- Mattie Rhodes
- Mid-American Gay and Lesbian Chamber
- National Association of Asian American Professionals
- National Black MBA Association
- Native American Chamber of Commerce/American Indian Assoc.
- Prospanica (formerly National Society of Hispanic MBA)
- Urban Financial Services Coalition
- Urban League
- Women's Employment Network
- 100 Black Men
- Kansas City Veterans Coalition
- Kansas City Hispanic Chamber
- American Corporate Partners
Meet Our People
"In the military, we always had a simple definition of integrity: do what's right, even when no one is looking. I sleep well at night knowing my company is sincere in doing what's right by all."
- James Carlile, Investment Officer
"I don't feel like a number. I feel like an asset who has been strategically placed here to provide excellent service not only to clients, but to other associates as well."
- Bridget Pauley, Customer Care Manager
"I have been at UMB for 19 years and it's hard to imagine being somewhere else. I am most proud of the people and the atmosphere at UMB. There isn't a day that I don't appreciate the amazing, hard-working, fellow associates I interact with on a daily basis. This place really is my second home and it feels like I have a second family."
- Robin Pitman, Executive Assistant
"Though our personalities may differ, I feel like my team always respects one another's opinions. Our work environment supports and encourages having fun while we work. I always have the opportunity to build internal relationships across the footprint, which has allowed me to grow and feel a sense of empowerment."
- Sylvester Pearl III, VP Investor Solutions