Diversity Leadership

We partner with a range of diverse professional organizations and foster inclusion internally through a range of Business Resource Groups.

Diversity LeadershipAt William Blair, we actively support and work in partnership with leading diverse professional organizations to foster greater inclusion in the financial sector. We also work with internal Business Resource Groups to actively involve our LGBTQ+, veterans', and women's groups, and support a Global Inclusion Council that puts diversity and inclusion at the heart of our firm.

Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

"At William Blair, we believe that great talent can come from anywhere and that diversity of skills, capabilities, perspectives, and experiences drives innovation and success."

To achieve this, we continually focus on building an actively inclusive, high-performing culture where:

  • we welcome and seek driven, adaptable, and creative individuals who share in our ambitions;
  • we embrace and nurture the diversity of our talent, helping all to thrive; and
  • we each recognize the role we play in the greater whole, maximizing performance and driving individual, team, firm, and client success.

Together, our people can develop their skills, broaden their experiences and perspectives, and combine their strengths with others to deliver long-term sustainable value for our clients, communities, and firm.

The Global Inclusion Council

Heidi Albert Stephanie Braming Shay Brokemond Michaelle Burstin
Ryan Daniels Ryan DeVore John Ettelson Brent Gledhill
Katie Jones Ken McAtamney Sunitha Moodley John O'Toole
Patrick Quinn Jacqui Robertson Beth Satterfield Jeff Urbina
Laura Van Peenan Jami Waggoner Sharon Zackfia Jon Zindel

Robert Toigo Foundation
The Robert Toigo Foundation is an inspirational not-for-profit organization that supports minority students through MBA programs, talent access partnerships, as well as corporate engagement and industry initiatives. Founded in 1989, it has gathered support from Michelle Obama and Colin Powell, among many others. William Blair actively hires Toigo MBA graduates and supports Toigo through a range of initiatives and engagements. toigofoundation.org

Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT)
Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) is a nonprofit organization that has transformed the careers and life trajectories of more than 5,000 black, Hispanic, and Native American women and men—from college students to seasoned executives. MLT provides training, coaching, and networks that were traditionally unavailable to minorities. William Blair is an MLT Partner, actively supporting minority professionals in financial services and beyond. ml4t.org

Reaching Out MBA
Reaching Out MBA (ROMBA) is a not-for-profit organization committed to educating, inspiring, and connecting student and alumni LGBTQ MBA and graduate communities to create the next generation of business leaders. William Blair actively hires ROMBA MBA graduates and supports its annual conference and initiatives. reachingoutmba.org

The National Association of Investment Companies (NAIC)
The National Association of Investment Companies (NAIC) is the trade association for diverse owned investment management firms. For more than 45 years, the NAIC has contributed to the success of its member firms by advocating on their behalf for increased capital investment, producing unique and compelling research on the performance of diverse managers, and executing initiatives to strengthen and position the industry for future success. William Blair is an active partner and supporter of the NAIC. Naicpe.com