Diversity Champion Finalist
Gateway to leadership foundation
Industry association Year founded:2007 Employees:12
The Gateway to Leadership Foundation, administered by the Money Management Institute, tackles diversity by fostering readiness, particularly for African Americans and Hispanics. Launched in 2007, Gateway delivers through three buckets: career awareness, exposure through education and development, and connections to employers for internships and entry-level positions. Gateway students gain basic industry knowledge and become prepared to embark on financial careers with realistic expectations.
“Being at the center of the universe across all firms allows us to facilitate industry dialogues at our conferences, incorporating D&I in each session,” said Craig Pfeiffer, president and chief executive of the Money Management Institute. “We bring local diverse students to the events. They share meals with industry leaders and sit through sessions, which piques their interest and curiosity.”
For example, at a recent event in New York City, 10 industry leaders discussed networking and relationship-building, followed by a reception. The speaker created a group-role-playing exercise. One student’s performance was so exceptional that three large firms promptly offered her a summer internship.
Contact Shewanna Grasty, program manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org, to learn more about the firm's diversity and inclusion initiatives.
— Vanessa Drucker