PNC hires first accessibility officer, among its diverse workforce priorities

Craig Friedman is PNC vice president of regional media relations.

One of the largest banks in the Dayton region is making a diverse workforce a priority.

PNC's efforts to diversify its workforce include the recent hiring of an accessibility officer and resource groups for employees who "share a common dimension of diversity," according to PNC Vice President of Regional Media Relations Craig Friedman.

And for PNC, recruiting employees from a range of backgrounds and experiences is crucial.

"PNC really does aim to attract, recruit and attain a diverse workforce," he said.

Additionally, PNC was one of the companies named among the Disability Equality Index's Best Places to Work in 2018.

Around 14,000 PNC employees across the country participate in Employee Business Resource Groups (EBRGs) with around 68 chapters overall. The EBRG chapters include groups for women, people of color, people with disabilities, and people in the LGBTQ community.

In Dayton, Friedman said there is a military/veteran EBRG chapter; the groups serve as a place where employees can come together to network and communicate, as well as work with senior executives to help implement initiatives for diversity and inclusion.

"These groups welcome all PNC employees in their efforts to share their backgrounds and experiences," Friedman said.

The Pittsburgh-based banking and financial services company hired Greg Pollock in May as its first-ever accessibility officer. Pollock also serves as vice president of human resources for PNC. In his new role, Pollock's duties include developing the organization's disability inclusion strategy and evaluating the company's disability services and programming.

"We thought it was a great idea," Friedman said. "He's partnering with colleagues across PNC’s footprint to develop our accessibility."

Friedman said the company aims to recruit talent from diverse market segments.

"It provides PNC with a wealth of skills and ideas, and ties us closer to the communities in which we serve," Friedman said.

PNC ranks as the third-largest bank in the Dayton region, with $2.65 million in local deposits and 45 Dayton-area offices.