Reflecting on a Decade of Impact, Synchrony Celebrates Strength from Diversity

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Pictured Above: Synchrony’s Chief Diversity, Inclusion and Corporate Responsibility Officer Michael Matthews (left) and President and CEO Brian Doubles (right) discussed the company’s continued progress and commitment to equity at its 10th annual Global Diversity Experience. (Photo credit: TheWrightVision for Synchrony)

Marking a decade of championing diversity throughout the company, Synchrony held its 10th annual Global Diversity Experience (GDE). The three-day event united hundreds of employees, board members, executives, and Diversity Network leaders in Chicago, with thousands more taking part in local GDE events and joining virtually across the company’s 18 global locations.

“Our commitment to equity is unwavering,” said Brian Doubles, President and CEO of Synchrony. “As a responsible and trusted employer, partner, and community member, belonging is an imperative at Synchrony. It’s clear the progress we are making on advancing equity, diversity, inclusion and citizenship is good for our business and great for our employees, customers and communities.”

This year’s theme, United in Purpose – Changing Tomorrow, Today, reinforced the company’s collective resolve to bring together diverse voices, mindsets and people to deliver the strongest outcomes. The event featured keynote speakers, interactive workshops, and panel discussions focused on this charge.

Synchrony Chicago volunteers Furqan Haq (left) and Gabrielle Jeannot (center), together with Canine Companions’ Christina Canter (right), engaged with future service dog puppies as part of the company’s community service in Chicago. (Photo credit: Synchrony)

“GDE is a celebration of our people, their diversity of thought, and our focus on keeping equity and inclusion as one of the key pillars of our culture,” said Michael Matthews, Synchrony’s Chief Diversity, Inclusion and Corporate Responsibility Officer. “Our people come away from GDE with a deeper desire for greater growth, well-being, respect and understanding.”

Synchrony employees across the world also volunteered in hands-on service projects to support nonprofit organizations that help their local communities.

The Synchrony Foundation, the company’s philanthropic arm, collaborates with various organizations and public schools in Chicago since the company began hosting GDE in the region in 2023. The Synchrony Foundation complemented these efforts with $50,000 in donations to selected nonprofits and causes, which include Canine Companions®, a national nonprofit which provides expertly trained service dogs to help make a difference in the lives of adults, children, and veterans with disabilities. CareCredit, a Synchrony solution, has a longstanding partnership with Canine Companions, based on a mutual goal of ensuring that people with all types of disabilities lead independent and empowered lives with the help of their service dogs. CareCredit is a valued financing option that gives pet owners the peace of mind that they can be prepared to care for their pets throughout their lifetime.

Synchrony employees volunteered with a purpose, making braided fleece dog toys for local animal shelters as part of Synchrony’s Global Diversity Experience in Chicago. (Photo credit: TheWrightVision for Synchrony)

Other organizations receiving donations include the Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation whose mission is to provide comfort to children and teens diagnosed with cancer, Anti-Cruelty Society, the National Animal Welfare Society and PAWS Chicago.

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