Pathward Joins more than 2,400 CEOs in Signing Commitment to Advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace

NewsBrett PharrDEI
Published: 01 March 2023
CEO Action Pledge

In line with its purpose, Pathward’s DEI program aims to support diverse perspectives across the organization to promote financial inclusion

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – March 2, 2023 – Pathward®, N.A., an industry leading financial empowerment company, today announced that its CEO, Brett Pharr, has joined with more than 2,400 CEOs in signing the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ pledge, signaling the company’s commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace.

Signing the pledge is in line with Pathward’s purpose to power financial inclusion. Pathward is committed to cultivating a workplace that welcomes and respects diverse perspectives and experiences where employees feel encouraged to discuss diversity and inclusion openly.

“A diverse and inclusive workforce is a strong workforce, and it makes all of us better employees, colleagues and community members,” said Brett Pharr, Pathward’s CEO. “As a purpose-driven company, it is critical that our workforce reflects the communities we serve. We rely every day on the diversity of thought, viewpoint and experience of our employees to help create solutions for individuals and businesses to help them reach the next stage of their financial journey.”

Pathward, a leader in Banking as a Service, has found that purpose is a powerful business tool. Highlighted in the company’s recent study, “The Role of Purpose in the Fintech Industry,” Pathward’s survey revealed that commitment to purpose is the No. 1 consideration for fintech executives when evaluating a BaaS partner’s trustworthiness. The survey also shows that most fintech executives believe that a purpose-led bank partner will be a more committed and reliable partner.

Improved innovation, better business performance and bottom lines, broader access to talent and higher employee retention are among the benefits noted by Tanya Ileto Diaz in “The Lasting Benefits of DEI in the Workplace.” As a result, Pathward has implemented DEI curriculum for employees, and it has expanded its internal DEI steering committee to incorporate leaders from across the organization, including Anthony Sharett, the president of Pathward. Learn more about Pathward’s focus on DEI at

The CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ was formed by CEOs and leaders from Accenture, BCG, Deloitte US, The Executive Leadership Council, EY, General Atlantic, KPMG, New York Life, Procter & Gamble, and PwC. The coalition represents over 21 million employees globally from companies of various sizes and industries.

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About Pathward® 

Pathward®, N.A., a national bank, is a subsidiary of Pathward Financial, Inc. (Nasdaq: CASH). Pathward is a U.S.-based financial empowerment company driven by its purpose to power financial inclusion. Pathward strives to increase financial availability, choice and opportunity across our Banking as a Service and Commercial Finance business lines. The strategic business lines provide end-to-end support to individuals and businesses. Learn more at


Please click here to review Pathward’s Affirmative Action Policy Statement. Pathward is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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