Nicsa’s Diversity Project North America Launches DEI Mentorship and Awards Program

By Nicsa posted 21 days ago


Boston, MA – April 20, 2021 – Nicsa is pleased to announce the launch of its Rising Star Program, a new mentorship and awards program aimed at providing networking and career development opportunities to diverse, aspiring leaders in the asset management industry.

 Nicsa’s Diversity Project North America recognizes the importance of supporting emerging leaders by creating a program that not only provides recognition and exposure for diverse employees, but develops and hones the skills critical for retention and advancement of valued talent within the industry.

 One Rising Star will be nominated by each member firm of Nicsa’s Diversity Project North America and will receive the following benefits:

  • Recognition at Nicsa’s Fearless Leadership Symposium, hosted by Nicsa's Diversity Project North America on June 16-17, 2021
  • Widespread exposure across the industry via social media and other campaigns
  • Career coaching via a nationally recognized leadership development program
  • Networking opportunities with senior leaders from Nicsa member firms
  • Invitations to specialized inclusive leadership training

Justine Phoenix, Head of Diversity Project North America stated, “We are pleased to provide a platform through which member firms can support, develop, and retain future leaders of the global asset management industry. Nicsa is committed to cultivating the next generation of diverse leaders in the asset management sector.”

“The Rising Star Program offers Diversity Project North America member firms a high-profile and meaningful way to celebrate and cultivate the next generation of diverse leaders. We are very pleased to participate and look forward to offering networking and developmental opportunities to our aspiring leaders,” said Frieda Lewis, a member of Nicsa’s Board of Directors and Chief Commercial Diversity Officer at Broadridge Financial Solutions, a founding member of Diversity Project North America.

Rising Star nominees are in the early stages of their career with 5-8 years of industry experience, demonstrate leadership qualities, and are committed to diverse and inclusive work environments. More information about the criteria and other details about the program can be found here.

The Rising Star Program will launch with an announcement of award winners at Nicsa’s Fearless Leadership Symposium in June 2021 and will take place annually. Firms interested in joining the Diversity Project North America should contact Justine Phoenix at 

About Diversity Project North America

The Diversity Project’s goal is to accelerate progress towards a diverse and inclusive culture in the asset management industry to deliver the best possible results for clients, reflect the society we serve, and ensure long-term business sustainability. Click here for more information on Nicsa’s Diversity Project North America initiative.

About Nicsa 

Nicsa is a not-for-profit trade association striving to connect all facets of the global asset management industry in order to develop, share, implement, and advance leading practices.  For over fifty years, Nicsa has promoted an open and collaborative environment, where members’ and partners’ deep expertise and unique perspectives have come together to help strategically implement and support the industry’s most vital issues. Click here for more information about membership.