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For organizations that want to drive transformational change in their communities, it is critical that their leadership and teams more broadly reflect the diverse populations of where they operate. Byline Bank is proud to announce that Angelique Gerlock, Director of Talent Management and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), has been selected by Crain’s Chicago Business as one of their Notable Leaders in DEI, recognizing top DEI leaders in Chicago.

Since joining Byline last year in a newly created role, Angelique has been a driving force in the development, advancement, and execution of talent management and DEI strategies, including succession planning, performance management, employee engagement, career development, culture, and employee recognition.

As part of those efforts to enhance Byline’s people-centered culture that fosters and celebrates diversity, she oversees the company’s seven employee resource groups, which include groups for Black, Latinx, Asian, LGBTQ, Mental Health and Wellness and Neurodiversity, along with Women Empowered by Byline. Additionally, Gerlock leads inclusive training, and the company’s first Women’s Leadership Development Program.

“I’m so passionate about this job and believe that when people want to succeed, and are armed with the appropriate resources and leadership support, anything is possible,” she said. “It’s not just my passion that has made these programs so successful—it’s the employees whose dedication and enthusiasm impacts our organization and transcends into the communities we serve.”

Angelique leads Byline’s corporate partnership with the Illinois Diversity Council and has more than 20+ years of banking and management experience. Her efforts have increased attendance at DEI events by over 800 attendees at 27 events in 2022, and increased employee engagement survey scores that provide valuable direction on ways the company can retain and attract the outstanding talent outlined in Byline Bank’s latest ESG Report.

“Engaged employees who feel connected to their employer’s larger mission and values drive a more vibrant, successful organization,” she said. “We’ve found that the more people work together to reach common goals, they and feel part of something bigger, and the easier it is to get big, transformational things done.”

For more information on Byline Bank’s latest ESG Report or DEI Program, visit