See it, Be it Role Model
Senior Vice President Morgan Stanley Pittsburgh
As a first-generation American and son of Indian immigrants, Amit Grover, senior vice president for Morgan Stanley, lives and breathes diversity.
In 2011, the young adviser launched a diversity and inclusion committee for the firm’s Pittsburgh region, with a special focus on recruiting more women and people of color.
“We wanted to look like the community we served,” he said.
Mr. Grover and his committee got busy, sponsoring events for minority nonprofits and building contacts by working with the African American Chamber of Commerce and assigning younger associates to liaise with colleges.
In 2014, he joined the company’s national D & I Council and became co-chair in 2018. Its four sub-committees are:
1. Business development: to help diverse advisers bring in business.
2. Teaming and partnering: to foster, for example, mentoring between more experienced advisers and junior associates.
3. Representation: to communicate its activities and develop a tool kit on how to establish and run a local D&I council.
4. Inclusion: to promote projects such as a manager tool kit on recognition ideas to help make new hires feel appreciated.
“This is a challenge that will take another decade to solve, as we develop the pipeline, recruiting sources and retention strategies,” Mr. Grover said.
— Deborah Nason