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Diversity and Inclusion
Career Development

The Office of Global Leadership and Diversity offers targeted development programs designed to strengthen the retention and engagement of diverse professionals at the firm.

These initiatives promote commercial development, provide visible role models, encourage strategic networking and aim to address the issues that can affect individuals in targeted populations at various points throughout their career.

Programs for Women

Our Senior Women’s Initiative, for which the firm received the Catalyst Award in 2007, encapsulates a broad range of programs, including:

  • A Senior Women’s Review that monitors the pipeline to the most senior positions at the firm through an annual assessment of promotion opportunities.

  • Our Women Partner Advocacy, an annual meeting of women partners to discuss promotion prospects of female managing directors and high-potential vice presidents, and to reaffirm this vital pipeline with global division heads.

  • The MD Women’s Series, a forum that connects senior women at the firm with executive leaders.

Our ACCESS program provides female vice presidents in Asia and the EMEA region (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) with access to local and visiting senior leaders, through one-off meetings, brown bag lunches and partner dinners.

Our Leveraging Leadership Programme provides female vice presidents in EMEA with a unique opportunity to engage with Management Committee members and to foster cross-divisional relationships with peers.

Our Women’s Career Strategies Initiative (WCSI) is a global six-month, nomination-based development program designed to strengthen the retention and engagement of female associates and help with their successful transition to vice president. The initiative provides developmental opportunities focused on:

  • Broadening participants’ exposure to the firm’s businesses and culture.

  • Deepening participants’ knowledge of career development tools.

  • Facilitating firmwide networking and increasing visibility of senior women and male role models. 

Our Multicultural Women’s Initiative focuses on enhancing the workplace experience of Asian, African-American, Hispanic and Native American women at our firm and throughout the financial services industry. Programs include:

  • ASCENT, a nomination-based talent management program for multicultural women at the senior analyst and associate levels.

  • The Loft Series, a quarterly forum for multicultural women at the associate and vice president level to engage with senior leaders on career development and advancement topics.

  • Brokering Change: a Wall Street Multicultural Women’s Exchange, which has provided almost 2,000 multicultural women from across the financial services industry with networking and professional development opportunities.

These initiatives, coupled with the robust efforts of our strong global women’s networks and leadership conferences, have helped to significantly increase the number of women at the firm.

Programs for Black and Hispanic Professionals

Our Welcome Event and Career Connections programs for new Black and Hispanic analysts and associates, which deliver practical strategies on how to successfully navigate the firm.

Catapult, a nomination-based quarterly series designed to offer Black and Hispanic associates the skills and insight essential to career acceleration, via seminars facilitated by senior leaders and subject matter experts.

Rules of the Road, a nomination-based, year-long program for Black and Hispanic vice presidents, which provides participants with insight into the cultural, commercial and people management skills that contribute to continued success at the firm.

EMpower, a nomination-based program that provides professionals and their managers with tools to build authentic and effective relationships via a facilitated coaching process.

Other Development Programs

Out in the City is the financial services industry’s premier interbank networking opportunity for financial services professionals interested in gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues in the workplace.

Affinity Network Leadership Conferences for diverse professionals offer networking opportunities, provide important information leadership development and career advancement information and offer access to senior leaders across the firm.