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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Robert Toigo Foundation

The Robert Toigo Foundation 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.
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Management Leadership for Tomorrow

Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) equips African Americans, Latinos and Native Americans—from college students to seasoned executives—with the skills, coaching and connections they need to lead organizations and communities worldwide.
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Reaching Out MBA

Reaching Out MBA (ROMBA) is global business association dedicated to educating, inspiring, and connecting LBTQ+ MBA students and alumni to impact change in the workplace and create the next generation of business leaders.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.