MReport July 2017

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16 | TH E M R EP O RT COVER STORY I t's hard to be what you can't see," a Harvard Business School student told NPR recently during a class on African-American business leaders and entrepreneurship. With work - place diversity, seeing is indeed believing, but perhaps true success regarding inclusive mortgage business practices will come when believing is seeing. "We're starting to understand that we need to match the diversity within our industry to [better] serve the market," said Dwight Robinson, SVP of Freddie Mac's Human Resources, Diversity and Inclusion division and its Chief Diversity Officer, who emphasizes that millennials, which last year made up the largest group of first- time homebuyers, are much more diverse than baby boomers. "By leveraging our differences, we will best serve the needs of an increasingly di - verse population," added Stephanie Roemer, Freddie Mac Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. In late April, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a report that highlights the business advantages DEVOTED TO DIVERSITY Freddie Mac's Dwight Robinson and other top diversity professionals talk homeownership—and how building a more diverse mortgage workforce can help Americans better achieve it. By Brian Lee MREPORT'S DIVERSITY ISSUE * * *

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