Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Our commitment

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We believe that diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) is critical to our growth and success as a leading regional bank. This commitment starts with Webster's senior leadership team, who work to ensure that our commitment to DEI is integrated with the way we do business. Meeting the increasingly diverse needs of our customers is a key to our long-term success, and having a workforce with diverse backgrounds and experiences better helps our customers and the communities we serve achieve their financial goals.

Our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council is co-chaired by John Ciulla, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, and John Guy, Executive Vice President, Business Banking. The Council serves as the platform where senior leaders and representatives of our various employee resource groups shape the strategy and actions of our DEI efforts. The Council makes recommendations on ways to integrate DEI in the areas of education and awareness, talent development, employee engagement and customer and community service.

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Bernard Garrigues

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion continues to be a top priority for Webster Bank, and a strong culture of DEI is an important factor for our organization. Together with our leadership team, we ensure we clearly articulate the business vision and strategy behind DEI, inspiring our people and showing them the promising future ahead.

Our goal is to have a strong focus on building human capital, creating diverse pipelines across the organization, providing cultural awareness and education to further build our foundation of DEI.

- Bernard Garrigues, Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer

Teshia Levy-Grant

Teshia Levy-Grant, Senior Vice President, is Webster’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion officer. She is committed to strengthening the Bank’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts with our employees, customers and community partners together to boost collaboration, encourage innovation and help Webster best reflect the communities we serve.

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Teshia Levy-Grant - Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

Webster Employee Resource Groups

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Webster proudly supports a host of Employee Resource Groups (ERG) that provides our bankers with an authentic experience of diversity, equity and inclusion. Based on mutual respect and acceptance, these groups recognize and explore our individuality in an environment that fosters personal and professional growth. Through a robust slate of activities and events, we celebrate the rich cultures and lifestyles that make up our workforce while embracing the unique contributions we bring to work each day. Our ERGs include Webster Women’s Initiative Network (WeWIN), PRIDE-LGBTIA+, Multicultural Groups including, African American Heritage, Hispanic Heritage, Asian Heritage, Dis/Ability Employee Network, Veterans Employee Network and Inter-Generational Employee Network.


Webster’s Women’s Initiative Network (WeWIN) aims to empower all women at Webster and provides support for personal and professional growth. This ERG has participants of all genders, including the “Men as Allies” sub-group that aims to promote the important role that men play in creating an environment where women succeed.

WeWIN Career Series  Board of Directors Panel Discussion – October 2019
WeWIN hosted the first in a Career Series featuring our Webster Financial Corporation’s women directors.


Other Webster ERGs include:

  • Dis/Ability Employee Network
  • Inter-Generational Employee Network
  • Multi-cultural Groups
    • African American Heritage
    • Hispanic Heritage
    • Asian Heritage
  • PRIDE Group ( LGBTIA+)
  • Veterans Employee Network

Webster Bankers Committed to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Fanita Borges - Hispanic Heritage / Latina event leader

Fanita Borges

Fanita Borges believes that to be successful, to improve quality and to effect change, we all have to see the value in each other’s differences and work together.

Howard Kelly - African American-Black History Month co-lead

Howard Kelly, Jr.

Howard Kelly proudly shares our culture of diversity, equity and inclusion with his clients so they know that Webster has an initiative dedicated to serving every customer and our community.

Craig Johnson - Banking Center Manager

Craig Johnson

For Craig Johnson, diversity, equity and inclusion are at the core of our Webster values. We use them to effortlessly breathe life into so much of what happens internally and externally all year long.

Environmental, Social and Governance

2020 ESG Report

Webster’s Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) report highlights our leadership on sustainability, corporate citizenship, and transparency. Consistent with our Webster values, we are committed to future improvements and innovation in our environmental, social and governance efforts. This report showcases how our culture of diversity, equity and inclusion serves our bankers, customers and communities.

Webster's commitment to EEO / Affirmative Action


Webster Financial Corporation and its subsidiaries ("Webster") are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers M/F/D/V. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, marital status, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.