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Our Bank

Diversity, equity & inclusion

Diversity of background, experience and perspective adds value and depth to our teams and creates better business results.

Our DEI Commitment

We build teams and grow talent that reflects the diversity of the clients and the communities we serve. Here, everyone is valued. We are committed to creating a culture of inclusion where differences are both appreciated and respected. Diversity of background, experience and perspective adds value and depth to our teams and creates better business results.


Pacific Western Bank's diversity, equity and leadership council

Our DEI employee council-PRISM

We believe that bringing together a broad set of perspectives makes us a stronger and more inclusive bank. Our commitment to those voices is present through the work of our volunteer DEI employee council, PRISM. Members embody our employees’ diverse backgrounds. Together the group cultivates an inclusive workplace driving an ongoing dialogue on DEI issues. The council expands educational training across the bank and shares DEI best practices.

We take a strategic approach to DEI

It is right thing to do for our clients, employees, communities and shareholders, and it is critical to our company’s success.

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Financial inclusion

We promote DEI as a valued business imperative.

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We sustain a skilled and diverse workforce at all levels of the bank.

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We cultivate an equitable and an inclusive environment at work.

We believe in our people

We have amazing people throughout our organization who voluntarily give of their time and talents to create safe and productive spaces for dialogue. We discuss our culture and how to improve it, we explore ways to give back and look for opportunities to make the communities we serve better. Here are their thoughts on why it is important to be involved in DEI initiatives at PWB.

Our DEI at work

A sample of our diversity statistics from our 2022 ESG Report

  • 53%

    of our employees are racially diverse

  • 83%

    of employees who completed engagement and inclusion survey perceive DEI favorably

  • 57%

    of our employees are female

“Our diverse workforce is at the core of our success. There is a tangible benefit from varied employee perspectives, which results in innovation and growth. We recognize that diversity, equity and inclusion are essential to our social responsibility, but also impact our ability to maintain a competitive advantage.”

Paul W. Taylor President
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For women, minority-owned and underrepresented

We lend with purpose

To advance economic equity, we collaborate with our business functions to promote financial inclusion. We have worked to increase access to capital for women and minority-owned businesses and support CRA initiatives, which contribute to minority communities’ economic sustainability.

  • Made $2.1 billion in average loan commitments to 53 companies that fit the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals
  • Invested $125,000 to promote access to capital for businesses owned or led by women and minorities
  • Sponsor Women’s Association of Venture & Equity, the Kayo Conference Series’ Women’s Private Equity Conference and Falk Marques’ Women’s Private Equity Summit
  • Provided consultation for emerging fund managers through a partnership with Recast Capital and Revere VC

Let's connect

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Nadia Sawaya-Gauckler

SVP, Diversity Equity Inclusion
Denver, Colorado

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