Merced Cohen, EVP, Operations of CIVIC was presented the For All Leadership Award by Michael C. Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work.

EVP, Operations of Civic Financial Services Recognized for Uniting Diversity to Drive Business Growth

Redondo Beach, CA, March 5, 2020 – Civic Financial Services, premier private money lender for real estate investment financing, is proud to announce that Merced Cohen, its EVP, Operations, was recognized with Fortune and Great Place to Work’s “For All Leadership Award.” The award was presented earlier this week at the 3rd annual Leadership Awards Gala Dinner at the Four Seasons San Francisco, and is defined by leaders who connect diverse people to a common purpose, drive business growth and foster trusting relationships within and outside departments.

“When you bring empathy, honesty and genuine connections into the workplace, you get a byproduct of confidence and trust that allows more head space for everyone to focus on getting things done,” said Cohen. “At CIVIC we elevate our team members by helping them develop, learn, and go further in a safe and collaborative environment – and this creates a ripple effect of happiness we could not be more proud of.”

In recognizing the honorees, Great Place to Work CEO Michael C. Bush said, “The financial performance of these organizations and the industry-leading commitment to corporate responsibility provide strong evidence that when you create a great place to work for all, it is better for business, better for people and better for the world.”

The recipients were selected from companies that appear on Fortune’s annual lists of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, the 100 Best Workplaces for Women, the 100 Best Workplaces for Diversity, and the 150 Best Small and Medium Companies to Work For. Selected recipients have demonstrated outstanding leadership in consistently creating a Great Place to Work For All. These leaders were noted for having built workplaces that are good for people by instilling an inclusive sense of belonging, and by providing a feeling of emotional and psychological safety.

CIVIC has been recognized for two years in a row as one of Fortune’s Great Places to Work in the US, in addition to being named as one of the Best Medium Workplaces and #9 on the list of the Best Workplaces in Financial Services & Insurance in 2019 – with Cohen at the forefront of creating the environment that has earned such recognition.

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About Civic Financial Services

Civic Financial Services is a private money lender, specializing in the financing of non-owner occupied investment properties. CIVIC was created to serve investors who don’t fit traditional lending criteria, and is poised with unparalleled valuation expertise and access to low-cost capital. With these resources, CIVIC is able to keep all operations in-house so loans are managed more closely, quickly, and efficiently.  For more information, please visit

About the Great Place to Work For All Summit  

The Great Place to Work For All Summit assembles executive leaders from Best Workplaces, including Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For, Great Place to Work-Certified organizations, and companies embarking on their workplace journey. Its mission is to share best practices for creating and championing high-trust cultures that are better for business, better for people, and better for the world.

About Great Place to Work 

Great Place to Work® is the global authority on workplace culture. Since 1992, it has surveyed more than 100 million employees around the world and uses those deep insights to define what makes a great workplace: trust. Great Place to Work helps organizations quantify their culture and produce better business results by creating a high-trust work experience for all employees. Emprising®, its culture management platform, empowers leaders with the surveys, real-time reporting, and insights needed to make data-driven people decisions. Great Place to Work’s unparalleled benchmark data is used to recognize Great Place to Work-Certified™ companies and the Best Workplaces™ in the U.S. and more than 60 countries, including the 100 Best Companies to Work For® and World’s Best list published annually by Fortune.

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