Mid Penn Bank launches DEI program partnership

Mid Penn Bank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mid Penn Bancorp Inc. has announced a partnership with WITF — a non-commercial, FM radio station serving the Harrisburg-area — to inform and educate Mid Penn’s employees and communities about diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives within Mid Penn.

Rory Ritrievi, president and CEO of Mid Penn Bank hosted a kickoff event this week at the bank’s training and education facility in Harrisburg to discuss the partnership and explain the educational opportunities it will offer. Ritrievi was joined at the event by Blake Lynch, chief impact officer of WITF.

“We are delighted to team up with WITF in its efforts to educate viewers on the experiences of diverse communities,” Ritrievi said in a statement following the Thursday, Aug. 25 event. “Moreover, our partnership with WITF will be a phenomenal resource for our employees and our communities to promote further understanding of, and engagement with, our DEI initiatives,”

Mid Penn employees will receive DEI training from industry leaders through quarterly lunch and learn discussions and participate in community outreach events throughout its footprint, according to a press release.

The partnership will also provide resources to further develop and enhance the bank’s corporate DEI practices. Mid Penn and WITF will work together to provide opportunities for Mid Penn’s employees to learn and understand the challenges faced by diverse groups and how the organization can provide the best customer experiences to members of underserved communities.

In addition, WITF will help develop awareness and ways for employees to engage in discussions and learning opportunities surrounding the increasingly diverse communities where they work and live.

WITF airs DEI programs “that bring to life stories of diverse people through documentary programs that explore their histories, cultures, experiences, and contributions,” the release stated.

The Millersburg-based Mid Penn operates retail locations in 16 counties throughout Pennsylvania, including three branch locations in Berks, one in Montgomery and one in Chester counties.

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