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Community Bank System, Inc. Culture and Diversity Council

The Community Bank System, Inc. (CBSI) Culture and Diversity Council grew from the ground up. Once the seed was planted, one person raised a hand to foster it, and then another and another. Before long, more than 100 team members volunteered to serve as Culture and Diversity Council members. The passion to support this initiative was obvious before it even had a name.

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Now, the CBSI Culture and Diversity Council includes 23 members and 83 ambassadors, all serving as representatives of our more than 3,000 employees. They are the eyes, the ears and, more importantly, the voices of the community that is our company.

Our Mission is to put faces and names to the concepts of diversity and inclusion. We are here to make sure no one feels unheard, unseen or uninvited. Through that effort, we’ll foster a culture that doesn’t just accept diversity, but values it.


Building Community

The first step in building an inclusive community? Engaging employees to help craft the cultural journey ahead. That’s where Community Bank started in 2021, and the path that followed was nothing short of exciting. Watch as Freddie Jacobs, Jr., CPA, and Maureen Gillan-Myer discuss our growing program and the priorities it has for the future.

“Our culture and our values are the source of our strength, our sustainability, and our capacity to support our employees, our communities, and our shareholders.”
Mark Tryniski, CEO and President of Community Bank System, Inc. (CBSI)
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At Community Bank, we’re committed to creating and valuing an inclusive and diverse environment. We believe in fostering a community where everyone can thrive, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

This Pride Month, we’re proud to sponsor the second annual Tri-Lakes Pride Festival in Saranac Lake, NY, organized by Adirondack North Country Gender Alliance to help spread the message of love and acceptance.

To learn more about Adirondack North Country Gender Alliance and the Tri-Lakes Pride Festival, click here.

Together, let’s build a world where community and pride know no limits.

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