Introducing Ascent: Freedom’s Women-Led and Female-Focused Employee Business Resource Group
Ascent intends to provide women with the support, inspiration, and camaraderie to fuel their confidence and growth as they excel in their roles at Freedom. Though Ascent is focused on women, it is open to all Freedom Mortgage’s employees. The group also provides mentors and managers of female employees with emerging trends as well as insights to help their employees succeed and to foster open dialogue in order to evolve as colleagues and as a thriving organization.
“My favorite thing about Ascent is hearing about how people are applying what they’re learning, or how something we discussed in one of our events resonated with them.”
Over 700 attendees joined Ascent’s kickoff event on March 18, 2021, during Women’s History Month. The group eagerly listened to stories from keynote speaker Carla Wise, Freedom’s Senior Advisor, as she shared inspiring anecdotes of personal as well as professional growth. Ascent’s event also had several other notable speakers – Stan Middleman (President, CEO), Twana Harris (EVP, Chief D&I Officer), and Suzie Shuck (EVP, Chief of Risk and Executive Sponsor).
Going forward, Ascent will hold alternate monthly meetings on targeted topics of interest to female professionals and other interested participants, with speakers and panelists from a variety of backgrounds and experience levels who can share the tools that helped them navigate their way to success. After the meetings, Ascent follows up with curated content (e.g., book recommendations, articles from noteworthy publications, podcasts, etc.) so those who are interested can dig deeper into the topics discussed. Ascent’s long-term vision is for Freedom Mortgage to be the employer of choice for women looking to grow meaningful careers in the mortgage industry.
“My favorite thing about Ascent is hearing about how people are applying what they’re learning, or how something we discussed in one of our events resonated with them,” said Co-Chair of Ascent, Ruchi Kapoor. “The other day I received an email which said, ‘Thank you for understanding,’ and the email writer said she’d been waiting to use that instead of ‘Sorry!’ as I’d suggested during our last event. It made my day. I also expect we’ll see a record number of mentoring program applications from women this year once the Mentoring Program application is open (Mentorship was the theme of our kickoff event). I’m most excited about delivering insightful and relevant content as part of the slate of events we have lined up for Ascent and watching the women at Freedom apply it in their careers.”