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Boston, MA – September 20, 2021 – Nicsa, leading provider of education and networking forums to professionals in the global asset management industry, announces the keynote speaker for its 2021 General Membership Meeting to take place on October 6-8. “High-caliber, dynamic speakers are a critical component of Nicsa’s national conferences, providing attendees a tremendous opportunity for new information on critical topics that are important to all of us - both personally and professionally.” says Nicsa President & CEO Jim Fitzpatrick. The GMM will kick off on Wednesday October 6 with a keynote presentation by Kate O’Neill, Founder of KO Insights, ...
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Boston, MA – September 8, 2021 – The third-annual Women in Asset Management Award Series (US Edition), presented by DiversityQ, has chosen Nicsa’s Diversity Project North America as 2021 DEI Initiative of the Year. Contestants for this award category were judged based on their initiative’s commitment to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion, its impact on their firm and/or industry, and the overall results achieved. More than 200 individuals from across the asset management industry were nominated for the award series. 119 finalists were selected, with the shortlist including Nicsa’s own Jim Fitzpatrick and Kelly Sherrard for the categories Male Ally ...
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The Nicsa 2021 General Membership Meeting (GMM) will take place virtually October 6-8 to explore what the next few years will look like as we seek out new ways to drive innovation in the global asset management industry. As we collectively return to a new normal and reset our expectations, our goals, and our business models, it’s never been a more important time to collaborate with industry peers. Nicsa is offering registrations for all industry participants, along with a streaming pass for our member firms. Thought leaders from across the asset management spectrum will convene to discuss the leading topics impacting asset management firms, broker dealers, ...
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In July, CFA Institute, a founding member of the Diversity Project North America , published a draft if its voluntary Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Code for the Investment Profession in the US and Canada for public comment. We’ve now entered the last two weeks of the public consultation period. If you have not already done so, we are asking asset management industry participants to review the Code and provide the valuable feedback necessary to help make this initiative a success. The draft DEI Code represents collaboration between CFA Institute and a Working Group of industry leaders to foster a commitment that will lead to greater inclusion ...
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Boston, MA – August 9, 2021 – InvestmentNews has recognized Nicsa’s Diversity Project North America as a 2021 Excellence in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Awards finalist. Diversity Project North America, along with 15 other firms and initiatives, were chosen from more than 120 nominations by a committee of InvestmentNews representatives and judges from the advice business. Diversity Project North America was recognized for its ability to inspire others from diverse backgrounds to join, flourish and bring their true selves to the financial services industry. InvestmentNews is proud to introduce the fourth annual Excellence in Diversity, Equity and ...
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Diversity Project North America members gathered during a recent “Next Practices” Committee meeting to discuss a pressing theme in the global asset management industry: DEI data transparency. Two DPNA founding members proudly presented their firm’s recent DEI transparency initiatives. We share these resources as examples of bold leadership in this evolving area: Capital Group’s Update on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 2020 Fidelity’s Diversity & Inclusion Report Capital Group spoke about the clear impact on associate engagement with the increased transparency and positive impact on customer relations. Fidelity discussed ...
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What Leadership Means in 2021

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The ongoing COVID-19 virus. Vaccine availability and adoption. Workplace flexibility. Talent recruitment and retention. Initiatives to address racial disparities. Faced with a growing volume of industry concerns, leaders of the largest asset management firms have more than enough to keep them up at night. Attendees of Nicsa’s Fearless Leadership Symposium got to hear from two of those leaders — Mandell Crawley, CHRO of Morgan Stanley, and Marc Brookman, CEO of Schroders North America — regarding the bold choices they have made to build stronger and more inclusive workforces in 2021. A RETURN TO THE WORKPLACE Brookman kicked off the ...
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We’ve all heard that change starts at the top, but many leaders aren’t sure how to approach urgent issues centered on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I). During its recent Fearless Leadership Symposium, Nicsa brought together a panel of forward-thinking C-suite executives who helped demystify the process of integrating DE&I into organizational culture. The session, moderated by Jun Li, Co-Leader of the Americas Wealth & Asset Management Sector at EY, also featured executives from Amundi, BMO Asset Management, and Janus Henderson Group. “At EY, diversity, equity, and inclusiveness are core to who we are and how we work,” Li said. “We ...
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On June 1, 2020, Northern Trust President Shundrawn Thomas published an open letter to the industry detailing his personal experience with racial profiling during an encounter with police in a Chicago suburb. At Nicsa’s Fearless Leadership Symposium approximately a year later, Thomas met virtually with CNBC's Sharon Epperson to further the conversation on diversity in financial services. “When I candidly share what it means to be racially profiled — or what it means to show up as the headline presenter at a conference and be assumed to be part of the staff — it’s because these kinds of things make the experience more tangible,” Thomas said. “And here's ...
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Client expectations are shifting the paradigm on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) across the asset management industry. While plenty of work remains to be done, investment managers and other stakeholders know that ethnic, racial, and gender diversity is fundamental to the success of their firms — and they’re eager to effect real change. Attendees of Nicsa’s Fearless Leadership Symposium took a deep dive into this topic during a recent session moderated by Kim Hyland, Managing Director and Head of the U.S. Relationship Management Team at MFS Investment Management. “DE&I is foundational to the work that we do as asset managers and to ...
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From our Partners at LGBT+ Great: Thursday 24 June 2021 -- LGBT Great has launched the 2021 Global Top 100 Executive Allies initiative to mark Pride and spotlight executives from across the financial services industry who have demonstrated excellent leadership on the diversity and inclusion agenda. The 2021 Global Top 100 represent senior leaders who influence the diversity agenda, support the LGBT+ community and demonstrate a commitment to future action. All executives were nominated by industry employees and are engaged in support of equality and inclusion within their firm. This year ten executives have also been awarded an Ally Award for their sustained ...
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Boston, MA – June 16, 2021 – Nicsa is pleased to announce the winners of its Rising Star Program , a new mentorship and awards program aimed at providing networking and career development opportunities to diverse, aspiring leaders in the asset management industry. Read “ Nicsa’s Diversity Project North America Launches DEI Mentorship and Awards Program .” Nicsa’s Diversity Project North America recognizes the importance of supporting emerging leaders by creating a program that not only provides recognition and exposure for diverse employees, but develops and hones the skills critical for retention and advancement of valued talent within the industry. ...
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Among the many devastating effects of the ongoing pandemic is a disheartening rise in harassment and attacks on the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. The nonprofit organization Stop AAPI Hate — which tracks incidents of hate and discrimination against the AAPI community in the U.S. — saw an increase in reports from 3,795 to 6,603 during March 2021 alone. The healing of racial wounds begins with honest and often uncomfortable conversations. Nicsa’s Diversity Project North America fostered such a dialogue during a recent event focusing on the AAPI community’s experience within the asset management industry. Nicsa and Diversity ...
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No one could have predicted the upheaval that 2020 would bring. But organizations across the investment management industry nonetheless stepped up to ease the transition to remote workforces. Nicsa members took a deep dive into the most recent policy and process challenges that HR, operations, and client relations teams are overcoming during a recent #WebinarWednesday event on the topic, titled, “ Return to the Office - The Future of the Workforce .” Nicole Callies, Director of Business Development, Mars SalesFocus Solutions, moderated the event, which featured experts from Capital Group | American Funds, J.P. Morgan Securities Services, and Ultimus ...
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Nicsa’s Fearless Leadership Symposium – the first and only national conference focusing solely on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) issues specific to the global asset management and fund industry – is set to take place June 16-17. The program will bring together senior business executives to explore how inclusive leadership can enhance productivity, promote growth, and impact the bottom line. \ Attendees will hear from industry visionaries via powerful keynotes, interactive panel discussions, and succinct “Lightning Talks” aimed at empowering business leaders to “own” DEI issues and embed inclusion into the day-to-day fabric of how they run their ...
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Boston, MA – May 25, 2021 – Nicsa, a leading trade association dedicated to fostering dialogue and connecting all aspects of the global asset management industry, today announced the launch of a new committee as it further expands its reach across all business lines of the global industry: the Nicsa International Committee. The Nicsa International Committee will provide a forum for discussion, and presentation of programs on, global issues affecting the fund industry and Nicsa’s membership. The committee will focus on issues such as distribution, regulation, trading and fund structures in both the U.S. and international markets and will provide support ...
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Boston, MA - May 19, 2021 - Two of the industry’s most dynamic thought leaders will address attendees of Nicsa’s Fearless Leadership Symposium . The event, sponsored by Nicsa’s Diversity Project North America , is the first and only national conference focused on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) issues specific to the asset management and fund industry and will take place virtually June 16-17. Shundrawn Thomas, President of Northern Trust Asset Management, will open the event with a call to action for business leaders across the asset management industry to move beyond the talk and into the type of action that will drive the industry forward on the ...
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Boston, MA – May 11, 2021 – Nicsa announced the election of thirteen new Committee Chairs who will each help support the nonprofit’s work to advance leading practices within the global asset management industry. Nicsa supports a variety of committees that are open to all employees of member firms, providing an excellent opportunity for all divisions, all departments, and all levels of management to participate in the development of industry solutions across myriad business lines. View full list of Nicsa Committees here. Committee Chairs are the visionaries responsible for establishing and tracking the mission of Nicsa Committees, as well as presiding over ...
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Nicsa’s Rising Star Program , a new mentorship and awards program aimed at providing networking and career development opportunities to diverse, aspiring leaders in the asset management industry, is underway! Members of Nicsa’s Diversity Project North America are currently selecting nominees for consideration, and winners will be announced at the Fearless Leadership Symposium in June. To watch a video outlining the program, click here . And, here’s a quick look at some frequently asked questions about this new and exciting program: FAQs How can my firm participate? Participation in this program is a membership benefit available to Diversity ...
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Event will highlight bold business practices that are changing the face of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) initiatives Boston, MA – April 28, 2021 — Nicsa , a leading global asset management trade organization, will be hosting its inaugural Fearless Leadership Symposium virtually on June 16-17 . The Fearless Leadership Symposium is the first and only national conference focusing solely on DEI issues specific to the global asset management and funds industry. This pivotal two-day event will bring together senior business executives to explore how inclusive leadership can enhance productivity, promote growth, and impact the bottom line. ...
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