AZ Business magazine and BestCompaniesAZ present the Most Admired Companies program each year with the goal of recognizing organizations that excel in these six key areas: Customer opinion; diversity, equity, and inclusion; innovation; leadership excellence; social responsibility; and workplace culture. One of Arizona’s Most Admired Companies for 2021 is Freedom Financial Network.

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With hundreds of nominations representing the most innovative, impactful and successful companies in Arizona, being one of Most Admired Companies of 2021 shows that these companies truly represent the best in Arizona business. The Most Admired Companies for 2021 will be honored at an awards dinner Oct. 7, 2021, at Pointe Hilton Resort Tapatio Cliffs in Phoenix. Title sponsors for the Most Admired Companies awards are WaFd Bank and Taylor Morrison. For sponsorship information, email For information about the event honoring the Most Admired Companies, email or click here. will be spotlighting one of Arizona’s Most Admired Companies each day leading up to the awards dinner.

Freedom Financial Network

Most Admired Company: 2021

Top Arizona executive: Linda Luman, vice president of human resources

What it does: Offers customized debt solutions to meet each consumer’s unique needs.

Company profile: Freedom Financial Network strives to nurture an inclusive, caring culture that positions everyone to do their best work. Freedom is passionate about its mission to empower everyday Americans to move forward towards a better financial future and debt-free living. Freedom’s values of Care, Get Better, Act with Integrity, and Collaborate shape how it interacts with its customers, coworkers, and the community. Freedom is proud to give employees 16 hours of paid volunteer time, match their charitable contributions, and has donated more than $77,000 annually to charities in Arizona.

Admirable trait: Freedom feels strongly about diversity, equity, and inclusion and encourages its employees to bring their full selves to work every day. More than 65% of internal career advancement opportunities, promotions, and transfers to new positions are women and 52% are diverse employees. During this past year, a growing focus has been the building of employee-led employee resource groups (ERGs) which are open to all employees, whether a member of the ERG community or an ally of the group.