Press Release

Mesirow again earns top score in 2022 HRC Corporate Equality Index

  • Firm awarded top score of 100 for fourth consecutive year
  • Human Rights Campaign Foundation assesses LGBTQ workplace equality each year
  • Award reflects Mesirow’s continuing and longstanding focus on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


CHICAGO, January 27, 2022 – Mesirow, an independent, employee-owned financial services firm, today announced that it received a top score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation’s 2022 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), the nation’s foremost benchmarking survey measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality.

"We are proud to once again be recognized amongst the U.S. businesses that earned top marks for our workplace culture and policies that support LGBTQ and ally employees," said Richard S. Price, Chairman and CEO of Mesirow. "Through programs, trainings and community engagement sponsored by our PrideConnect Employee Resource Group, our professionals embrace awareness, respect and authenticity."

“This honor is important, and yet we know we have much more work to do. As our firm prepares to mark our 85th anniversary in 2022, we continue to implement diversity, equity and inclusion best practices and track our progress against our Six-Point DEI Commitment.” said Natalie A. Brown, President of Mesirow.

The CEI evaluates companies on detailed criteria falling under four central pillars: Non-discrimination policies across business entities; Equitable benefits for LGBTQ employees and their families; Supporting an inclusive culture; and Corporate social responsibility.

“When the HRC Foundation created the Corporate Equality Index 20 years ago, we dreamed that LGBTQ+ workers could have access to the policies and benefits needed to thrive and live life authentically,” said Jay Brown, HRC Senior Vice President of Programs, Research and Training. “Congratulations to Mesirow for achieving the title of ‘best places to work for LGBTQ+ equality’ and working to advance inclusion in the workplace.”

The full report is available online at

About Mesirow
Mesirow is an independent, employee-owned financial services firm founded in 1937. Headquartered in Chicago, with locations around the world, we serve clients through a personal, custom approach to reaching financial goals and acting as a force for social good. With capabilities spanning Global Investment Management, Capital Markets & Investment Banking, and Advisory Services, we invest in what matters: our clients, our communities, and our culture. To learn more, visit and follow us on LinkedIn.

Mesirow was recently named one of the Best Places to Work in Chicago by Crain’s Chicago Business and one of the Top 100 RIA firms by Barron’s.

About the Human Rights Campaign Foundation
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of the Human Rights Campaign, America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people. Through its programs, the HRC Foundation seeks to make transformational change in the everyday lives of LGBTQ people.


2022 Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index (Received January 2022 reflective of previous 12 months – Licensing fees paid post award for use of the ranking).  The CEI rates employers providing these crucial protections to over 20 million U.S. workers and an additional 18 million abroad. Companies rated in the CEI include Fortune magazine’s 500 largest publicly traded businesses, American Lawyer magazine’s top 200 revenue-grossing law firms (AmLaw 200), and hundreds of publicly and privately held mid- to large-sized businesses. The CEI rates companies on detailed criteria falling under four central pillars: Non-discrimination policies across business entities, Equitable benefits for LGBTQ+ workers and their families, Supporting an inclusive culture, and Corporate social responsibility. The full report is available online at Rankings and/or recognition by unaffiliated rating services and/or publications are not indicative of a firm’s future performance nor do they evaluate the quality of services provided to clients or guarantee that he/she will experience a certain level of results if Mesirow is engaged, or continues to be engaged, to provide investment advisory services, nor should they be construed as a current or past endorsement of Mesirow by any of its clients. 

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