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20 | TH E M R EP O RT FEATURE D iversity and in- clusion is not a destination—its a journey that Fannie Mae began over two decades ago with a commit - ment from the top. The journey has been met with many twists and turns, successes, and lessons learned along the way. One thing that remains constant, however, is that we continue our travels. We check our GPS and ensure that our roadmap aligns with the vision and strategy of the orga - nization. Fannie Mae is a leader in the mortgage industry, with a strong vision to be America's most-valued housing partner and lead the market in everything that we do. Taking this position comes with challenges, such as establishing objectives for others to follow, addressing the chang - ing housing market and potential changes to the economic envi- ronment, creating a new model, and changing the game. We have faced these challenges with resil- ience and focus to stay steadfast on our journey to diversity and inclusion. When Fannie Mae established the Office of Diversity and Inclusion in 1992, we were one of a few companies of any kind to create a dedicated office and staff to focus solely on building an inclusive culture. Even today, we find ourselves leading the market as one of the most diverse organizations in the financial services sector, recently earning several awards and recognition from the Human Rights Campaign, the Corporate Equality Index for three consecutive years, National Business Inclusion Consortium's (NBIC) "Best of the Best for Diversity and Inclusion," Black Enterprise's 50 Best Companies for Diversity, Top 20 Companies for Best Practices in Diversity and Inclusion, and Top 50 companies for Women of Color in Mid-Level Management by Diversity MBA magazine, and Mortgage Women's Magazine's 50 Best Companies for Mortgage Women, to name a few. It's a Journey, Not a Destination Fannie Mae has come a long way since it began its diversity and inclusion journey more than two decades ago, but while the company may be one of the leaders in diversity, it is not complacent, knowing the destination still lies ahead. By Tujuanna B. Williams MREPORT'S DIVERSITY ISSUE * * *

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