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Peiffer Wolf: As Holiday Home DNA Kit Bombshells Loom, Here Are the 6 Things Every Potential Victim of “Baby God”-like Fertility Fraud Needs to Know

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With the holiday gift-giving season just weeks away, families should be prepared for potentially major shock waves if there are home DNA test kits under the Christmas tree, according to Peiffer Wolf Carr Kane & Conways Adam Wolf, a leading U.S. lawyer handling fertility, IVF, and related genetic material lawsuits. Wolf said the new HBO documentary Baby God out this week illustrates what could be right around the corner for hundreds or even thousands of American families.

In September, Peiffer Wolf filed fertility fraud cases on behalf of multiple families against doctors in California and Virginia/West Virginia. At the time, Wolf warned the United States is on the brink of uncovering thousands of fertility fraud cases, in which IVF/Ob Gyn doctors have abused their position of trust and authority by secretly using their own sperm in carrying out fertility treatments.

The new HBO documentary outlines the case of one fertility doctors abuses and notes that many more medical professionals have committed such transgressions around the nation.

In the last six years, attorney Adam Wolf has handled hundreds of cases regarding IVF/genetic material that have involved well over 1,000 victims. He said: HBO deserves credit for helping to bring to light the abuses and shocking violations of trust that have occurred during the Wild West days of the fertility industry. ˜Baby God documents what we see and hear every day in our office from the victims of fertility fraud. Sadly, the coming holiday season will bring home DNA results with unpleasant surprises and life-changing consequences for families across America.

What should you do if you think you might be the victim of fertility fraud? Wolf outlined these six key questions and answers:

Question 1: Who is at greatest risk of fertility fraud? Is this still going on today? Answer: Most instances of fertility fraud happened between the late 1970s and 1990. This was the period when inseminations became more common, but before at-home DNA testing was on the horizon. Thus, some unscrupulous fertility doctors thought that they could insert their own sperm into their patients without being caught. That is why most child victims who discover fertility fraud are 30 years of age or older today.

Question 2: If I get home DNA test results back, how would I know if I had a problem like this? What should I look for? Answer: In the typical fertility fraud case, an adult learns that he or she has different paternal genetic relations and/or unexpected half-genetic siblings. In some cases, their half-siblings have the fertility doctors last name; in others, half-genetic siblings discover that their parents all sought treatment from the same physician.

Question 3: What if I need help interpreting the DNA test results? Answer: Some of our clients used a genealogist to reveal a genetic relationship to the physician. Do your research and make sure you hire a reputable expert.

Question 4: What can victims of fertility fraud do? Answer: Doctor-conceived individuals and their parents have sought accountability through a number of routes, often with the assistance of an attorney. The options can include pursuing a private legal settlement, filing a civil tort suit, speaking with journalists and other media personalities, seeking legislative reform, filing a complaint with a state medical board, and reporting the physician to a prosecutors office.

Question 5: At what point do I talk to an attorney? What is involved in that process? Answer: If you discover concerning results from a home DNA test kit, you should immediately contact an attorney who is experienced with fertility fraud matters. An experienced fertility fraud attorney can help you understand the implications of your test kit results and navigate your legal options.

Question 6: Isnt the fertility industry highly regulated? Answer: No. The US fertility industry has fewer regulations than barber shops or nail salons. Without common-sense regulation, the Wild West nature of the multibillion-dollar fertility industry leaves the door open for instances of fertility fraud and other fertility clinic disasters, like those recently experienced in Cleveland and San Francisco. However, doctors who inserted their own sperm into their patientswithout their consentviolated their patients. And they violated the law. Patients can file civil lawsuits against their physicians for this misconduct. Some states have criminalized the act of a doctor using his own sperm to impregnate his patients without their explicit consent. But theres no federal law that prohibits fertility fraud.

In August 2019, Peiffer Wolf published The Fertility Center Regulation Crisis in the U.S., a report calling on Congress to impose a system of tight and highly transparent IVF clinic oversight. In addition to identifying several glaring weaknesses and the general lack of regulatory oversight of the IVF/fertility centers in the U.S., the Peiffer Wolf report identified the much tougher government standards in the United Kingdom as an excellent model for this nation.

ABOUT PEIFFER WOLF CARR KANE & CONWAY

The law firm Peiffer Wolf Carr Kane & Conway maintains offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Cleveland, St. Louis, Austin, and New Orleans. In addition to handling numerous fertility fraud cases, Peiffer Wolf has handled a multitude of cases in which medical professionals and facilities were accused of either destroying or losing eggs, embryos and other genetic material.

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Whitney Dunlap, (703) 229-1489 or [email protected]

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Bank of Botetourt Surpasses 2020 Budget Expectations; Board Votes To Increase Dividend

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BUCHANAN, Va., Jan. 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Buchanan-based Bank of Botetourt (OTCPK: BORT) announced today that it has filed its Call Report with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and reports the following unaudited financial results for year ended December 31, 2020. Net income for the fiscal year ended 2020 amounted to $4,631,000, exceeding budget expectations. This amount compares to $4,979,000 for the same period of 2019, representing a decrease of $348,000 or 7.0%. The decrease in annual earnings is primarily attributed to a larger contribution to the allowance loan losses necessitated by loan growth and the economic uncertainty related to the COVID-19 health pandemic. Both basic and diluted earnings per share amounted to $2.68 at December 31, 2020 compared to $2.90 one year prior. Book value was $30.17 at December 31, 2020 as compared to $28.12 at December 31, 2019. As a result of the solid financial performance, the Board of Directors voted to increase the quarterly dividend payment from $0.175 to $0.18 per share, or $0.72 per share annualized which is payable on February 18, 2021 to shareholders of record February 11, 2021.  This represents an increase in dividend payment of 2.8%.

For the three months ended December 31, 2020, the Bank reported net income amounting to $1,326,000 or $0.77 per basic share in the fourth quarter. This amount compares to a net income of $1,238,000 or $0.72 per basic share, for the same period last year.

At December 31, 2020, select financial highlights include:

  • Return on average assets of 0.83%
  • Return on average equity of 8.89%
  • Net loan growth of 8.1%
  • Total deposit growth of 23.7%
  • Total asset growth of 21.5%
  • Community Bank Leverage Ratio of 9.26%
  • Strong liquidity position
  • Net interest margin of 3.10% at December 31, 2020, up from 3.07% at September 30, 2020, and down from 3.57% one year prior
  • Outstanding Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loans of $26.2 million at December 31, 2020 compared to $30.1 million at September 30, 2020
  • Deferred PPP loan servicing fees balance of $744,000 at December 31, 2020 compared to $1,000,000 at September 30, 2020
  • Eight consecutive years of increased dividend payments

President & CEO, G. Lyn Hayth, III stated “Given the unprecedented circumstances of 2020 along with the significant economic consequences of the global health pandemic, we are thrilled with the solid financial performance of 2020. Although earnings are down 7% from 2019, it was a conscious and prudent decision by our Bank to reserve $1,150,000 more in our allowance for loan loss in 2020 over 2019 due to the uncertainty surrounding the economic impact on our borrowers. Yet, strong loan demand and historic deposit growth allowed our Bank to surpass earnings expectations. As a result, the Board of Directors voted to increase the dividend payment to our shareholders.”

Management Discussion & Analysis

Results of Operations

The Bank realized strong loan demand in 2020 as gross loans increased 8.3%.  The generation of new loans during a pandemic, including the participation in the Small Business Administration's PPP program, was a positive contributor to the Bank's net income. Total interest income increased by $1,126,000 in 2020 as compared to 2019 due primarily to an increase in loan interest income as a result of loan growth and to a lesser extent an increase in interest earned on taxable investment securities.  Interest expense increased by $43,000 during the period due to the increase in interest expense related to an advance on borrowed funds, partially offset by a decrease in interest paid on deposit accounts. As a result, net interest income increased by $1,083,000 for the year ended December 31, 2020 compared to the same time period in 2019.

Net income for the three months ended December 31, 2020 was $1,326,000 compared to $1,238,000 for the same period last year, representing an increase of $88,000 or 7.1%.  Basic and diluted earnings per share increased $0.05 from $0.72 at December 31, 2019 to $0.77 at December 31, 2020.  The increase in net income is primarily due to $136,000 higher interest income, $280,000 less total interest expense, resulting in an increase in net interest income for the three-month period of $416,000.

The provision for loan losses was $1,980,000 for the year ended December 31, 2020 and $830,000 for the year ended December 31, 2019.  The three-month contribution to the allowance for loan losses was $370,000 compared to $210,000 for the same three-month time period one year prior.  While asset quality remains stable, the increase in the provision is primarily due to the growth of the portfolio and the economic uncertainty after government stimulus programs are exhausted. Net charge-offs increased by $468,000 from $248,000 for year ended December 31, 2019 to $716,000 for 2020. 

Noninterest income increased by $160,000, or 4.1%, to $4,030,000 for the year ended December 31, 2020 compared to $3,870,000 for the year ended December 31, 2019.  The increase is attributable primarily to ATM and debit card revenue and mortgage origination fees.  For the three-month period, noninterest income increased $37,000 primarily due to an increase in ATM and debit card revenue and partially offset by a decrease in service charges on deposit accounts.

For the year ended December 31, 2020, noninterest expense increased by $532,000, or 3.9%, from $13,497,000 at December 31, 2019 to $14,029,000 at December 31, 2020.  The increase is primarily a result of increases in expenses related to outside services for cloud storage, marketing expense, franchise tax assessment, FDIC insurance premiums, ATM and debit card related expenses, and equipment expense. These expenses were partially offset by a decrease in occupancy expense, net foreclosed asset expense, other professional fees, and salaries and benefits.  For the three-months ended December 31, 2020 noninterest expense increased $167,000 primarily due to an increase in salaries and employee benefits and the FDIC insurance assessment.

Income tax expense for the year ended December 31, 2020 was $1,143,000 compared to $1,234,000 one year prior. The 7.4% decrease in income tax expense correlates with the decrease in net income for the year.  For the three-months ended December 31, 2020, income tax expense was $297,000 compared to $259,000 at December 31, 2019.

Financial Condition

At December 31, 2020 total consolidated assets amounted to $597,280,000, an increase of 21.5% above total assets at December 31, 2019 of $491,660,000, an increase of $105,620,000. Loan demand and growth exceeded 2020 budget expectations.  Total net loans increased $33,992,000 or 8.1% from $421,417,000 at December 31, 2019 to $455,409,000 at December 31, 2020. Total deposits at December 31, 2020 amounted to $535,547,000, compared to $433,111,000 at December 31, 2019, an increase of 23.7% or $102,436,000. Loan demand was funded by the increase in deposits. At December 31, 2020, total cash and cash equivalents amounted to $98,907,000 compared to $26,761,000 at December 31, 2019, thereby significantly improving the Bank's liquidity position.  Management places daily excess deposits at the Federal Reserve Bank and earns interest on excess reserves. Total liabilities increased by $102,072,000 from $441,391,000 at December 31, 2019 to $543,463,000 at December 31, 2020 primarily attributed to the deposit growth described.

Stockholders' equity totaled $53,817,000 at December 31, 2020 compared to $50,269,000 at December 31, 2019. The $3,548,000 increase during the period is primarily the result net income from 2020, net proceeds from the issuance of common stock from the Dividend Reinvestment and Stock Purchase Plan, partially offset by accumulated other comprehensive loss and dividends paid.

Non-Performing Assets

Non-performing assets, which consist of nonaccrual loans and foreclosed properties remained unchanged at $3,200,000 at December 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively.

Nonaccrual loans were $1,286,000 at December 31, 2020 compared to $656,000 at December 31, 2019. There were eight new additions to nonaccrual loans during 2020.  These additions were spread among various categories such as residential installment, residential construction, commercial, land and development, spec construction and consumer. One residential installment loan exited nonaccrual status after being charged-off.  The net result was an increase of $630,000 in nonaccrual loans.

A loan is considered impaired if it is probable that the Bank will be unable to collect all amounts due under the contractual terms of the loan agreement. Impaired loans amounted to $2,300,000 at December 31, 2020, compared to $1,500,000 at December 31, 2019.  The $800,000 increase is related to eight new loans identified as impaired, spread among the same various loan categories described above. Loss exposure on impaired loans at December 31, 2020 decreased to $98,000, compared to $310,000 at December 31, 2019 after obtaining current appraisals on collateral securing a significant number of impaired loans in the portfolio and estimating selling costs based on historical experience.

Foreclosed assets consisted of twelve properties totaling $2,000,000 at December 31, 2020 compared to $2,500,000 at December 31, 2019.  The decrease in foreclosed assets included nine sales with carrying values totaling $575,000, loss of sales of $99,000, and partially offset by two additions totaling $162,000.  Each quarter, management evaluates the carrying value of these properties to determine if a write-down to lower of cost of market value is warranted.  During 2020, the Bank recorded total write-downs on foreclosed properties in the amount of $76,000. All foreclosed properties are currently being marketed for sale. No additional material loss is anticipated.  The Bank had one loan secured by 1-4 family residential property in the process of formal foreclosure at December 31, 2020 totaling $48,000.

The Bank historically makes a conscious effort to attempt work-out loan scenarios with past due customers.  In some cases, loan restructuring is appropriate.  Bank management has procedures and processes in place to identify, monitor, and report troubled debt restructurings. At December 31, 2020, troubled debt restructurings totaled $1,250,000 and were spread among various loan categories.  Interest rates on a majority of these loans were at prevailing market rates, with only minor concessions given on interest rate reductions from the original terms.  At December 31, 2020, $265,000 of troubled debt restructurings were on nonaccrual status.  One new TDR was identified in 2020 compared to none in 2019.  In addition, one TDR for $152,000 qualified to exit TRD status in 2020 and is performing within contractual terms.  Bank management supports a philosophy of working with its customers to pursue plausible options. We have had some general success with these efforts in the past, although these efforts typically produce mixed results.

Capital Ratio

The federal banking agencies jointly issued a final rule, effective January 1, 2020, that provided for an optional, simplified measure of capital adequacy, the community bank leverage ratio framework, for qualifying community banking organizations, consistent with Section 201 of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act. A qualifying community banking organization is defined as having less than $10 billion in total consolidated assets, a leverage ratio greater than 9%, off-balance sheet exposures of 25% or less of total consolidated assets, and trading assets and liabilities of 5% or less of total consolidated assets. It also cannot be an advanced approaches institution. Bank of Botetourt qualified to opt-in to the Community Bank Leverage Ratio (“CBLR”).  At December 31, 2020 Bank of Botetourt reported its CBLR ratio at 9.26% which exceeds the required regulatory minimum ratio. The CARES Act temporarily reduced the CBLR minimum ratio from 9.0% to 8.0% through December 31, 2020.

Paycheck Protection Program

Bank of Botetourt is participating in the PPP Program initiated by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.  During 2020, the Bank has processed and received approval from the U.S. Small Business Administration on 488 applications for $30.1 million.  Bank of Botetourt funded these loans using its on-balance sheet liquidity. The Bank completed the requirements to borrow from the Payroll Protection Program Lending Facility (“PPPLF”), if needed, at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. At December 31, 2020 the Bank did not borrow any funds from the PPPL facility.  The Bank earned and received $1,232,000 from the SBA for generating the PPP loans.  This revenue will be recognized over the life of the PPP loans. At December 31, 2020, the Bank recognized $488,000 of the PPP revenue. The remaining deferred PPP fees at December 31, 2020 was $744,000.  The forgiveness application process began in the fourth quarter of 2020 when 67 loans for $3.9 million were approved for forgiveness by the SBA.  As of December 31, 2020, the Bank had 421 PPP loans totaling $26.2 million remaining in its loan portfolio.

COVID-19 Customer & Employee Care

Bank of Botetourt continues to take numerous steps to assist our customers and employees during the pandemic.  For loan customers impacted by COVID-19, the Bank has granted extensions, skip-a-payment, and modifications consistent with regulatory guidance.  During the fourth quarter, additional requests for assistance slowed to only 6 requests bringing the total requests for 2020 to 257 loans.  Loan balances for all 257 customers requesting assistance during the year decreased from $57.1 million at September 30, 2020 to $55.0 million at December 31, 2020, indicating that timely payments and payoffs were made in the fourth quarter. For depositing customers, the Bank is permitting unlimited withdrawals from savings accounts without additional fee or penalty as announced and permitted by banking regulators. All of our offices remain open, although our lobbies are under controlled access. Facemasks are required for all parties consistent with the Governor's Executive Order 72.  Plexiglass shields and floor markers assist in complying with social distancing. The Bank had no layoffs as a result of COVID-19. Non-essential work travel is not permitted.  Bank employees must abide by travel restrictions set by President Biden and follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control when returning to work. Approximately 20% of our workforce works remotely as we continue to use online meeting platforms for social distancing. The Bank's Human Resources department is working with local health departments in our various markets to enroll eligible employees for the COVID-19 vaccine in the appropriate essential worker group.

Strategic Initiatives

On December 16, 2020, the Bank's Board of Directors amended the Dividend Reinvestment and Stock Purchase Plan to make participation even more advantageous to its shareholders.  Beginning in 2021, systematic and one-time purchases of shares will be offered at a 3% discounted price.  The discount will be applied to the volume weighted average price for the three-week period before the purchase in February, May, August, and November. Shareholders can purchase up to $50,000 each quarter until the 159,000 remaining shares in the reserve for this program are exhausted. 

About Bank of Botetourt

Bank of Botetourt was chartered in 1899 and operates twelve retail offices in Botetourt, Rockbridge, Roanoke, and Franklin counties and the City of Salem, all in Virginia.  Bank of Botetourt also operates a mortgage division, Virginia Mountain Mortgage and a financial services division, Botetourt Wealth Management.

 

Bank of Botetourt
Consolidated Balance Sheets
December 31, 2020 (unaudited) and December 31, 2019 (unaudited)

(unaudited)

(audited)

December 31

December 31

2020

2019

Assets

Cash and due from banks

$        7,979,000

$        6,914,000

Interest-bearing deposits with banks

90,541,000

19,545,000

Federal funds sold

387,000

302,000

                  Total cash and cash equivalents

98,907,000

26,761,000

Time deposits with banks

250,000

250,000

Investment securities available for sale

16,802,000

17,703,000

Restricted equity securities

757,000

745,000

Loans held for sale

686,000

Loans, net of allowance for loan losses of $5,239,000 at

455,409,000

421,417,000

     December 31, 2020 and $3,975,000 at December 31, 2019

Property and equipment, net

13,417,000

13,419,000

Accrued income

1,335,000

1,314,000

Foreclosed assets

1,961,000

2,536,000

Other assets

7,756,000

7,515,000

                  Total assets

597,280,000

491,660,000

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

Liabilities  

Noninterest-bearing deposits

$      64,707,000

$      44,090,000

Interest-bearing deposits

470,840,000

389,021,000

                  Total deposits

535,547,000

433,111,000

Other Borrowings

4,000,000

5,000,000

Accrued interest payable

430,000

572,000

Other liabilities

3,486,000

2,708,000

                  Total liabilities

543,463,000

441,391,000

Commitments and contingencies

Stockholders' Equity

Common stock, $1.50 par value; 2,500,000 shares

     authorized; 1,729,880 and 1,720,900 issued and 

     outstanding at December 31, 2020 and at December 31, 2019

     respectively

2,595,000

2,581,000

Additional paid-in capital

11,570,000

11,365,000

Retained earnings

40,681,000

37,257,000

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(1,029,000)

(934,000)

                  Total stockholders' equity

53,817,000

50,269,000

                  Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

597,280,000

491,660,000

 

Bank of Botetourt
Income Statement
For the Twelve and Three Months ended December 31, 2020 (unaudited) and 2019 (unaudited)

Twelve Months Ended
December 31,

Three Months Ended
December 31,

2020

2019

2020

2019

Interest income

     Loans and fees on loans

$      21,913,000

$      20,641,000

$        5,598,000

$        5,373,000

     Federal Funds Sold

1,000

6,000

1,000

     Investment securities:

          Taxable

333,000

326,000

77,000

87,000

          Exempt from federal income tax

4,000

14,000

2,000

          Dividend income

38,000

27,000

8,000

7,000

     Deposits with banks

129,000

278,000

17,000

94,000

                    Total Interest income

22,418,000

21,292,000

5,700,000

5,564,000

Interest expense

     Deposits

4,563,000

4,593,000

989,000

1,258,000

     Other borrowings

102,000

29,000

18,000

29,000

                    Total Interest expense

4,665,000

4,622,000

1,007,000

1,287,000

                    Net Interest Income

17,753,000

16,670,000

4,693,000

4,277,000

Provision for loan losses

1,980,000

830,000

370,000

210,000

                    Net Interest Income after provision for loan losses

15,773,000

15,840,000

4,323,000

4,067,000

Noninterest income

     Service charges on deposit accounts

675,000

831,000

174,000

239,000

     ATM and debit card

1,254,000

1,066,000

357,000

275,000

     Other service charges and fees

381,000

388,000

109,000

86,000

     Mortgage origination fees

1,015,000

849,000

291,000

299,000

     Other income

705,000

736,000

157,000

152,000

                    Total noninterest income

4,030,000

3,870,000

1,088,000

1,051,000

Noninterest expense

     Salaries and employee benefits

6,423,000

6,478,000

1,905,000

1,803,000

     Occupancy

789,000

805,000

157,000

141,000

     Equipment

774,000

669,000

196,000

175,000

     Foreclosed assets, net

223,000

306,000

143,000

98,000

     Outside services

1,613,000

1,350,000

385,000

329,000

     FDIC insurance premiums and assment

306,000

97,000

98,000

11,000

     ATM and debit card

810,000

733,000

230,000

194,000

     Franchise tax

392,000

330,000

102,000

86,000

     Telephone and communication

278,000

261,000

71,000

71,000

     Other professional fees

211,000

242,000

13,000

74,000

     Marketing

547,000

487,000

139,000

154,000

     Other operating expenses

1,663,000

1,739,000

349,000

485,000

                    Total noninterest expense

14,029,000

13,497,000

3,788,000

3,621,000

                    Income before income taxes

5,774,000

6,213,000

1,623,000

1,497,000

Income tax expense

1,143,000

1,234,000

297,000

259,000

                    Net income

$        4,631,000

$        4,979,000

$        1,326,000

$        1,238,000

Basic earnings per share

$                   2.68

$                   2.90

$                   0.77

$                   0.72

Diluted earnings per share

$                   2.68

$                   2.90

$                   0.77

$                   0.72

Dividends declared per share

$                   0.70

$                   0.64

$                0.175

$                   0.16

Basic weighted average shares outstanding

1,725,084

1,717,218

1,728,670

1,720,049

Diluted weighted average shares outstanding

1,725,084

1,717,218

1,728,670

1,720,049

 

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Fannie Mae Recognized as a 'Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality' by Human Rights Campaign Foundation

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WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Fannie Mae (OTCQB: FNMA) today announced it has been designated a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, earning a 100 percent score on its 2021 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) for the seventh consecutive year. The annual benchmarking survey and report measures corporate policies, practices, and benefits related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) workplace equality for more than 1,000 U.S. companies.

“We're honored to again be recognized by the HRC Foundation as stalwart advocates for LGBTQ equality,” said Hugh R. Frater, Chief Executive Officer, Fannie Mae. “Fannie Mae's social mission is rooted in equal opportunity, respect, diversity, and inclusion. We will continue to cultivate these values as cornerstones of Fannie Mae's culture not only for our valuable employees but also our vendors, business partners, and customers as we continue to promote a more diverse and inclusive U.S. housing sector.” 

Fannie Mae's Office of Minority and Women Inclusion advance the company's longstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and industry. Fannie Mae's ongoing internal and external initiatives include:

  • Attracting, engaging, and retaining a diverse workforce.
  • Supporting employee resource groups—including the LGBTQ Live Openly group—as they encourage professional development, cultural awareness, and community service, and give employees of all backgrounds and interests a chance to connect, learn, and grow while furthering the company's mission and business objectives.
  • Expanding opportunities for employees and diverse suppliers, vendors, and business partners, as outlined in the company's Equal Opportunity in Employment and Contracting Statement.
  • Sponsoring the Future Housing Leaders program, which connects college students with diverse backgrounds to paid internship and entry-level job opportunities in the housing industry offered by top employers who are actively engaged in promoting diversity in their workforce.
  • Diversity and inclusion oversight, programming, engagement, strategic planning, metrics, and reporting.
  • Influencing and affecting corporate policies, practices, programs, and solutions to advance systemic racial equity within the housing industry.

The CEI rates companies on detailed criteria falling under four central pillars: non-discrimination policies across business entities; equitable benefits for LGBTQ workers and their families; supporting an inclusive culture; and, corporate social responsibility.

The complete 2021 CEI report is available online at www.hrc.org/cei.

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Fannie Mae helps make the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage and affordable rental housing possible for millions of people in America. We partner with lenders to create housing opportunities for families across the country. We are driving positive changes in housing finance to make the home buying process easier, while reducing costs and risk. To learn more, visit: fanniemae.com | Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn | Instagram | YouTube | Blog

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Massive “Failure to Launch” College Graduate Problem Addressed by New 6×6 Program

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DENVER, Jan. 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — With millions of recent college graduates idle, the hiring economy stalled and the COVID crisis still raging, parents are worried for grads and fear college investments are not paying off. To address these factors, a team of executives today launched 6×6 Careers: an accelerated six-week virtual expedition to teach recent college graduates how to make sense of the job market maze and launch dynamic careers. 

Massive “Failure to Launch” College Graduate Problem Addressed by New 6×6 Program Apply at: www.6×6.work

An ongoing survey of parents of recent college graduates identifies common concerns:  Graduates are largely unemployed or underemployed, few have had success interviewing in their chosen fields, most have moved home and few have a plan for their next steps. 6×6 relies on a robust framework that enables participants to strategically launch their careers in six weeks. The approach includes understanding talents; learning about opportunities in the marketplace; building skills and designing an Activation Plan™ with input from the 6×6 bench of executives, guides and mentors.

“Parents are worried their kids are stalled after investing a substantial amount of time and money in education – this 'failure to launch' problem has long-term financial and emotional consequences,” said Anne M. McCarthy, founder of 6×6 Careers, LLC. “We help graduates understand how to translate their talents and knowledge into roles and careers that are meaningful and rewarding.”

The 6×6 curriculum is built around the competency gaps identified by prospective employers and the 6×6 framework: from resilience and accountability to relationship building and planning and organizing. Like a bootcamp, each 6er completes a battery of assignments, exercises and skill-building workshops with the goal of building and executing a unique go-to-market strategy. Each 6er must also complete a Johnson O'Connor predictive aptitude assessment.

“The 'COVID curse' is the driver for launching 6×6 now. The Class of 2020 was unceremoniously set adrift and now the Class of 2021 is on their heels,” said McCarthy. “We've created an immersive curriculum that focuses on discovery, discipline and deployment.”

Applications accepted at 6×6.work (inaugural Trek: March 16, 2021). Seats are limited. 1:1 Sprints are also available.

About 6×6 Careers, LLC
6×6 Careers, LLC, a consulting firm with deep roots in strategy, messaging, content and positioning, is devoted to making job hunting a disciplined adventure – not a dreaded chore.

 

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