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Cadence Bank Hosts Day of Understanding, Illustrating Our Commitment to CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™

HOUSTON, April 27, 2021Cadence Bank, a subsidiary of Cadence Bancorporation (NYSE: CADE) on April 26 hosted its inaugural Day of Understanding, joining organizations across the United States with CEOs who have committed to the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ pledge.   

While CEO Action signatories facilitate conversations on diversity, equity and inclusion year-round, the Day of Understanding provides leaders across the coalition’s 2,000 businesses with a collective opportunity to lead open dialogue and inspire change. It is the business community’s largest movement to host candid conversations and advance the value of varying perspectives in the workplace. 

Cadence Bank focused its Day of Understanding on the struggles confronting the African American minority group, exploring personal experiences, blind spots and unconscious biases to foster a more inclusive environment. Conversations were held with four African American associates and two allies of the minority group to open dialogue and meaningful discussions that promote empathy, raise awareness and improve our understanding of differences.   

Plans are now underway to host additional events throughout the year dedicated to other minorities with the goal of addressing all seven historically underserved and marginalized groups. 

“This event marked the beginning of a new chapter in strengthening the foundation of our diversity, equity and inclusion program,” said Myra Caldwell, Chief Diversity Officer of Cadence Bank. “Over the past year, we’ve done an incredible amount of work to expand this important aspect of our business, putting together the key components to enable sustainable change. Now, we’re walking with intentionality to effect the change that we believe is necessary.

“By addressing the struggles our minority groups are confronting, we can have the complex and difficult conversations that lead to learning, healing, and greater awareness and respect for others. At times, our journey may not be easy. However, the path will certainly be rewarding, and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish together as more events are hosted to highlight other minority groups in the year.”   

In addition to the Day of Understanding event, Cadence Bank is continuing to work hand-in-hand with the leaders of CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion™ to drive change, leveraging opportunities for greater collaboration and sharing new tips on leading practices. By working together through the coalition, the bank has the power to change how millions of people talk to their colleagues about tough topics, fostering an inclusive culture, and moving the needle toward a more just and equitable future.

For more information on the CEO Action pledge and the Day of Understanding, visit ceoaction.com

To learn more about Cadence Bank’s commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion, visit cadencebank.com

About Cadence Bank 

Cadence Bank is a leading regional banking franchise with $18.8 billion in assets as of March 31, 2021, and 98 branch locations in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas. Backed by 133 years of financial expertise, Cadence provides corporations, middle-market companies, small businesses and consumers with a full range of innovative banking and financial solutions. Services and products include commercial and business banking, treasury management, specialized lending, asset-based lending, commercial real estate, SBA lending, foreign exchange, wealth management, investment and trust services, financial planning, retirement plan management, personal and business insurance, consumer banking, consumer loans, mortgages, home equity lines and loans, and credit cards. Clients have access to leading-edge online and mobile solutions, interactive teller machines, and more than 55,000 ATMs. The Cadence team of 1,900 associates is committed to exceeding customer expectations and helping their clients succeed financially. Cadence Bank, N.A. is a subsidiary of Cadence Bancorporation (NYSE: CADE). For additional information, visit cadencebank.com. Cadence Bank, N.A. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender. NMLS#525022.

About CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ 

CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ is the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion within the workplace. This commitment is driven by a realization that addressing diversity and inclusion is not a competitive issue, but a societal issue. Recognizing that change starts at the executive level, more than 2,000 CEOs of the world’s leading companies and business organizations, are leveraging their individual and collective voices to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace.



Media contact: 

Danielle Kernell
713-871-4051 
danielle.kernell@cadencebank.com 

Investor relations contact:
Valerie Toalson
713-871-4103 or 800-698-7878 
vtoalson@cadencebancorporation.com 
 



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