Diversity Project North America

Mission & Vision

Overview

The Diversity Project North America seeks to drive measurable change for our member firms, and for the industry as a whole. We offer content aimed at developing and sharing tested practices and benchmarks so that, together, we can evolve toward a more inclusive asset management industry with positive business results. 

Our Mission

The Diversity Project North America promotes a diverse and inclusive asset management industry with the right talent to deliver the best possible results for our clients, reflect the society we serve, and ensure long-term business sustainability. We aim to achieve diversity across all dimensions through collaborative leadership from executive business leaders pooling resources from industry participants around challenges we all face.

The Project spans the entire range of the profession: asset managers, fund complexes, asset servicers, broker dealers, asset owners and professional service firms that support the industry. We seek to share best practices, identify gaps in our industry and initiate action to help solve or improve those inadequacies.

We strive to deepen the understanding and perception of what the asset management industry entails and the varied roles within it, to encourage a broader range of new candidates. 

Our Plan

The Diversity Project North America is overseen by a CEO Advisory Council which is comprised of senior executives from each of the founding member firms. This council is responsible for providing strategic leadership and leads the implementation of the strategy and key deliverables.

The strategy is managed via workstreams/committees comprised of employees from member firms. The workstreams/committees focus on different dimensions of diversity and inclusion by developing programs and initiatives consistent with the overall goals of the Diversity Project as agreed upon by the CEO Advisory Council.

Our Committees

Diversity Project volunteers are working toward the advancement and retention of diverse mid-level+ employees within the global asset management industry through a variety of workstreams:

  • Benchmarking: identifying metrics and standards
  • Best Practices: sharing tested procedures with positive results
  • Content & Events: offering leadership training and education
  • PR & Industry Engagement: sharing findings and soliciting actionable industry feedback 
  • Talent Management: enhancing pipelines utilizing anti-bias practices