Diversity Champion Finalist

Natixis investment managers

Asset manager Year founded:1993 Employees:3,860

At Natixis Investment Managers, diversity comes up in every single town hall and is regularly discussed in management meetings. “We have complete support from the top,” said Tracey Flaherty, senior vice president of global government relations.

The firm is constantly seeking to attract talent into its pipelines. “It’s not about lowering standards. You should be able to find candidates who are not just talented but also diverse,” Ms. Flaherty said. To strengthen the ranks, the company turns to its philanthropic partners, such as Strong Women, Strong Girls — a group for professional women at Natixis that mentors college women, who in turn mentor underserved girls from third through fifth grade.

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) allow employees to share experiences and perspectives. Various forums, which are open to all, are structured around women, multicultural backgrounds, young professionals (ages 21-39) and Latinos.

The firm encourages grassroots support, balancing local programming with a global strategy. In London, for example, the focus is on ethnic and gender diversity, since women there are already well represented, comprising 50% of that office.

Contact Crystal Sullivan, director, public relations, at crystal.sullivan@natixis.com to learn more about the firm's diversity and inclusion initiatives.

— Vanessa Drucker

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