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Alethea M. Batts Recognized with NJBankers’ Excellence in Diversity Award

The New Jersey Bankers Association (NJBankers) has recognized Lakeland Bank’s Chief Diversity Officer, Alethea M. Batts, with their inaugural Excellence in Diversity Award.

Batts was nominated by her peers for her leadership qualities, ability to impact the culture of her bank and community, and influence others to be more diversity conscious. Nominations were received from numerous member banks, and Alethea was chosen by an independent panel of NJBankers management.

Batts is the senior vice president of Learning and Development and chief diversity officer at Lakeland Bank. In this role, she manages learning strategy and organizational development, including Talent Management, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strategy and initiatives, Leadership Development, Succession Planning and Mentorship programs.

“Alethea’s commitment to diversity and inclusion goes beyond her work at Lakeland Bank.”, said John E. McWeeney, Jr., president and CEO of NJBankers. “As one of the founding members of NJBankers DEI Council, Alethea has become an asset to the New Jersey banking industry’s DEI initiatives.”

“I am both humbled and honored to accept the inaugural NJBankers Excellence in Diversity Award. Thank you NJBankers, Lakeland Bank, our executive team and board of directors for believing in me and supporting my vision to drive the success of our organization and the communities we serve. It is my life mission to make a positive difference every single day, and I am immensely proud to share this important platform with the NJBankers DEI Council,” said Batts.

Alethea will be recognized, and receive her award, during NJBankers virtual Economic Leadership Forum on Feb. 10.

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