|MINORITY BUSINESS: Chris Ballinger, CFO, Toyota Financial Services|
This year Toyota became the first automaker to offer a "diversity and inclusion bond," elevating minority-owned investment groups to lead underwriting roles. A minority- and woman-owned law firm was co-counsel on the $350 million offering.
The bond, overseen by Ballinger, 56, is one reason Toyota was the only automaker named in DiversityInc's top 50 companies.
Toyota Financial Services also was honored by leadership development company Linkage's Women in Leadership Institute for advancing the careers of women.