In 2020, in recognition of her leadership and positive impact to NewRez, Lusharn Heastie was promoted to Chief Diversity Officer, leading the entire Family of Companies in internal and external diversity and inclusion initiatives to optimize and strengthen company culture. As the first individual to lead these efforts at NewRez, Heastie oversees management trainings, inclusive hiring practices and workplace initiatives. Over the past year, she has progressed the company’s Diversity and Inclusion program and is rolling out new employee resources and support channels to foster more internal conversations around diversity as well as establishment of new partnerships conducive to promoting diversity within the company and mortgage industry in its entirety. Heastie also spearheaded NewRez’s first internal safety council to ensure all employees felt informed, aware and safe. The council implemented training drills in case of an active shooter or fire and set up an internal communication system for inclement weather. Additionally, Heastie has actively participated in company Humanitarian Councils, organizing internal employee groups and formalizing their structures to ensure success in philanthropic and volunteer efforts in the community. Back in 2017, Heastie led an internal disaster recovery program following Hurricane Harvey that assisted employees who had experienced damage and devastation to their homes.
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