firm Awards

These Diversity & Inclusion Awards focus on highlighting initiatives from companies that aim to boost the advice industry’s diversity and create a more inclusive environment for all.

Outstanding Practices have built businesses that foster diversity internally and recognize the importance of embracing a diverse clientele. Diversity Champions are companies that support advisory firms and have formal initiatives aimed at promoting diversity and inclusion.

Diversity Champion


Asset manager Employees:14,000 AUM:$6.3 trillion

BlackRock recruits diverse talent via Find your Future Forums for college students, as well as scholarship programs. The firm's incoming graduate class of 2018 (its global analyst program) is 56% female, and the most diverse to date.

"At BlackRock, we believe diverse teams produce the best solutions to the complex issues facing clients and industry," said Jeff Smith, global head of human resources. "Our approach to inclusion allows all kinds of diversity to thrive — we support each other regardless of our differences."

Several programs advance diverse groups through the ranks, like the Women's Leadership Forum. Its Leadership Excellence and Development program also targets emerging leaders in areas such as gender, LGBTQ, and ethnicity.

A variety of active employee networks foster and support diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives, and each has a dedicated sponsor from the Global Executive Committee. Examples include Women's Initiative Network, OUT & Allies Network, Families at BlackRock, Veterans Network, Black Professionals Network and Ability Network — the latter for those with disabilities or disabled family members.

It is noteworthy that OUT & Allies expanded two years ago into Asia, and recently celebrated its 10th anniversary.

Contact Kristin Sadlon, director, at to learn more about the firm's diversity and inclusion initiatives.

— Vanessa Drucker

Lifetime Achievement

Rising Stars

See it, Be it Role Models

Outstanding Practices

Diversity Champions


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