Diversity, equity and inclusion

We know that our relevance, and our ability to serve clients, depends on the dynamic evolution of a workplace that prizes diverse thought and experience.

We advance DEI across three priority areas:

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Our workforce

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Our suppliers

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Our industry

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“The Mesirow Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Council is made up of executives from across all areas of the firm, representing diverse backgrounds and frames of mind. Partnering closely with firm leadership, the Council is instrumental in driving forward best practices and new ideas, resulting in a deeply intentional and inclusive approach to promoting DEI in our firm and industry.”

Felicia Rauls, Chair, Diversity Equity and Inclusion Council and Director of Operations, Retirement Advisory Services

Employee Resource Groups

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Connection

Our ERGs enable employees to connect as they champion awareness, respect and authenticity throughout our corporate family.

  • PeerConnect

  • WomenConnect

  • PrideConnect

  • ParentsConnect

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Programs for young professionals

Inclusion for people with disabilities

Partnerships

ECONOMIC INCLUSION

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CHICAGO UNITED

Drives economic parity for MBEs in the Chicagoland area

Our role: Active member and sponsor since 1998

INDUSTRY INCLUSION

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FINANCIAL SERVICES PIPELINE

Increasing diversity and cultural competency in Chicago financial services

Our role: 2014 founding member

LEADERSHIP DIVERSITY

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BUSINESS LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

Supports the growth of Black leaders and businesses from grassroots to the boardroom

Our role: Founding sponsor of Lead Partner Program Pioneer

GENDER EQUITY

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WOMEN INVESTMENT PROFESSIONALS

Empowers women in institutional investment community

Our role: Key partner in supporting women's professional development

INDUSTRY DIVERSITY

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NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SECURITIES PROFESSIONALS

Advocacy for minorities and women in financial services

Our role: Member / sponsor for 20+ years

CEO DIVERSITY

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CEO ACTION FOR DIVERSITY & INCLUSION

Largest CEO-driven commitment to workplace D&I

Our role: Became a pledge signatory in 2018

LATINX INCLUSION

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ALPFA

Country's first national Latino professional association

Our role: Corporate sponsor of executive leadership reception since 2018

LGBTQ INCLUSION

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OUT IN FINANCE

Uniting individuals across financial services to drive LGBTQ+ inclusion and equality

Our role: Original founding member

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