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Arvest Hires Cinthya Allen as Head Diversity & Inclusion Officer

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Arvest Bank of Fayetteville on Wednesday announced it had hired Cinthya Allen as its diversity, equity and inclusion officer.

She brings 20 years of relevant experience to the role, most recently as the diversity, equity and inclusion officer and Americans with Disabilities Act coordinator for the City of Norman, Oklahoma. She’s also an adjunct professor at the University of Oklahoma.

“I am thrilled that Cinthya is joining the Arvest family,” Arvest Chief People Officer Laura Andress said in a news release. “Her passion, drive and dedication to DE&I – both within the bank as well as in our communities – makes her a perfect person to lead these efforts. The result will be a more respectful and inclusive workforce, workplaces and communities for us all to grow and celebrate for decades to come.”

Allen previously worked led AT&T’s Latino-focused employer resource group, helping to grow its membership from 900 to 11,000 members. She also led corporate external affairs and served as a state-registered lobbyist for AT&T.

Allen holds a bachelor’s in sociology from the University of Oklahoma and a graduate certificate in diversity and inclusion human resources policy from Cornell University. She also holds an ADA coordinator certificate from Great Plains ADA and the University of Missouri.

Allen is a board member for the Latino Community Development Agency and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Norman and is a member of the Norman Rotary Club.

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