Diversity Partners

We partner with a variety of professional organizations, so together we can increase diversity within the financial services sector.

William Blair partners with several nonprofit organizations to support programs focused on increasing diversity within the workplace and also includes graduates from these programs in the firm’s talent pipeline.

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Financial Services Pipeline

The Financial Services Pipeline (FSP), a group of Chicago financial institutions along with the Chicago Community Trust, was formed to increase diversity in the city’s financial services sector. It has two primary goals: (1) increasing the representation of Latinos and African-Americans, at all levels, and (2) improving the overall cultural competency within the Chicago area financial services industry.

Go to the FSP website
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Girls Who Invest

Girls Who Invest (GWI) is dedicated to increasing the number of women in portfolio management and executive leadership in the asset management industry. GWI focuses on education, industry outreach, and career placement to inspire and support women to become tomorrow's leaders in asset management.

Go to the Girls Who Invest website
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Greenwood Project

The Greenwood Project was founded by Bevon Joseph and Elois Joseph in 2015 based on two core principles: (1) students can’t be what they can’t see, and (2) there is no lack of talent, only a lack of opportunity. After each working in financial services for more than 20 years, Bevon and Elois sought to help Black and Latinx students navigate the industry through exposure, education, and internship experiences.

Go to the Greenwood Project website
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Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement

The Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE) is a national nonprofit dedicated to the employment, development, and advancement of current and aspiring Latino professionals. Since 1982, HACE has served as a resource for Latinos in the workplace and a subject matter expert for corporations seeking to access diverse talent. HACE works with employers to remain competitive in an increasingly dynamic economy by helping them attract, develop, and retain Latino and diverse professionals.

Go to the HACE website
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National Association of Investment Companies

The National Association of Investment Companies (NAIC) is a network of diverse investment managers, private equity firms and hedge funds. Through education, advocacy and industry events, the NAIC is focused on increasing the flow of capital to high-performing diverse investment managers.

Go to the NAIC website
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National Association of Securities Professionals

The National Association of Securities Professionals (NASP) assists people of color and women achieve inclusion in the financial services industry by connecting members to industry leaders and business opportunities; advocating for policies that create representation and inclusion; providing educational opportunities; and by building awareness about the value of ensuring that people of color and women are included in all aspects of the financial services industry.

Go to the NASP website
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Out in Finance

Out in Finance unites individuals across the financial services industry to drive LGBTQ+ inclusion and equality. Out in Finance works to advance workplace policies across the industry, collaborate with firms on events and engaging with the community, and provide a networking forum for LGBTQ+ financial services professionals.

Go to the Out in Finance website
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Reaching Out MBA Fellowship

The Reaching Out MBA (ROMBA) LGBT+ Fellowship is a joint effort between prominent business school programs and Reaching Out to develop the out LGBT+ and active ally business leaders of tomorrow. Each fellow receives a minimum $20,000 scholarship and access to exclusive leadership programming including an all-expenses-paid retreat.

Go to the ROMBA website
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SEO

Founded in 1963, SEO provides talented & motivated youth from underserved and underrepresented communities with access to superior opportunities through four programs: Scholars: academic program that gets low-income public high school students to & through college; Career: summer internship & professional development program; Law: pre-law academic & internship program; Alternative Investments: education, exposure, training & mentoring to talented professionals.

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Toigo Foundation

The Toigo Foundation’s mission is centered on the fact that amazing returns can be realized when teams with diverse experiences and points of view work together to tackle complex challenges. Toigo’s impact starts on the education front with students as they earn their MBAs as Toigo Fellows and continues reaching a broad base of minority and women finance professionals advancing in leadership roles with the Toigo Institute.

Go to the Toigo Foundation website