Nicsa’s Diversity Project North America Announces 2024 Rising Stars

By Nicsa Admin posted 15 days ago


Boston, MA – June 4, 2024 – Nicsa is pleased to announce the winners of its Rising Star Program, a mentorship and awards program aimed at providing networking and career development opportunities to diverse, aspiring leaders in the asset and wealth management industry.  

Nicsa’s Diversity Project North America recognizes the importance of supporting emerging leaders with 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.

The 2024 Rising Stars were nominated by member firms of Nicsa’s Diversity Project North America and will receive the following benefits:

  • Recognition at Nicsa’s Fearless Leadership Symposium on June 12 in NYC
  • Leadership training via Nicsa’s Accelerator Professional Development Program
  • Networking opportunities with senior leaders from Nicsa member firms

The 2024 Rising Stars (representing their Diversity Project member firms) are:

Aegon Asset Management | River Dunne

Allspring Global Investments | Xiomary Sanchez Rodriguez

American Century Investments | Jessica Gonzalez-Smith

Amundi US | Maud Schmitt

Aon | Rohan Kumar

AXA Investment Managers SA | Mounir Oularbi

BlackRock | Alana Davis

BNY Mellon | Nicole Nader

Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. | Colleen Fitzsimons

Calamos Investments | Nii Ayi

Capital Group | American Funds | Hillary Hurst

CFA Institute | Mercy Ngungu

Citi | Marissa Crespo

Columbia Threadneedle Investments | Nadine Ishimwe

Confluence | Katherine MacNeil

Dimensional Fund Advisors Inc. | Isabel Haring

Edward Jones | Jamie Kauther

Ernst & Young LLP | Brittany Bello

Fidelity Investments | Mara Badali

Franklin Templeton | Deirdre DiMauro

FS Investments | Lexi DiGennaro

HSBC Global Asset Management | Nayali Quezada

J.P. Morgan | Yonas Shiferaw

MFS Investment Management | Meghan Dowd

Nationwide Financial | Waldo Torres

Northern Trust | Yessica Arguello Avila

Payden & Rygel Investment Group | Eduardo Pablin

Polen Capital | Andrew Marceau

Russell Investments | Stacy Joseph

Schroders | Mindy Lau

SS&C Technologies, Inc. | Nicole Floistad

State Street Corporation | Jacqueline Chacon

Thrivent Financial Investor Services, Inc. | Sofia Fuentes


Questions about the Rising Star Program, the Fearless Leadership Symposium, or how to join the Diversity Project North America can be sent to


About Diversity Project North America

The Diversity Project North America is a cross-company initiative that champions DEI as a strategic business priority within the asset and wealth management industry. Through education, advocacy, and idea sharing, we promote the acceptance of diversity in all forms, the elimination of barriers and biases, and the creation of equitable opportunities.


About Nicsa 

Nicsa is a not-for-profit trade association striving to connect all facets of the global asset and wealth management industry in order to develop, share, implement, and advance leading practices. With broad industry participation, Nicsa serves a diverse set of industry professionals focused on a wide array of business lines including product, distribution, technology innovation, data, operations, risk management, and accounting.