Q4 2020 Diversity & Inclusion Insights

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A Message from Diversity Project North America | 4Q 2020

Justine Phoenix, Head of Diversity Project North America 

Justine Phoenix

As we begin to wind down the year and look toward 2021, I am optimistic about the tangible progress being made by the Diversity Project North America, and I am hopeful that the new year will be a time for meaningful change in the asset management industry. 


Here are a few organizational updates I’d like to highlight:

  • Deirdre O'Connor, Managing Director at BlackRock, was named Co-Chair of the Diversity Project North America. Deirdre recently co-chaired the Industry Engagement Committee and we are excited to leverage her leadership and passion for D&I across the organization.
  • Industry engagement within the DPNA is strong at 34 members and counting. Please join me in welcoming Sun Life Financial, our newest member firm!
  • We are adding more ways for our members to get involved. Three new committees are being added for 2021. See below for a full list of committees and more information on how to volunteer.
Our committees have been hard at work advancing DE&I in our industry. Here are a few highlights over the past quarter:
  • Our 2020 Pulse Survey Report explores the perception of DE&I in the asset management industry. The survey results provide important insights and a baseline from which to measure industry progress. Thank you to the Benchmarking Committee for all of their efforts in creating this report.
  • Our Listen, Learn & Lead series focusing on authentic allyship continued with Part 2: A Discussion Around Race, and Part 3: The Latinx Perspective takes place December 3. We, along with the Event Committee, invite you to tune in to these important dialogues. 
  • Members of the CEO Advisory Council exchanged best practices on advancing racial equity in the Asset Management Industry. We thank the Next Practices Committee for hosting this important event. Read the key takeaways in the Executive Report
  • Nicsa hosted a number of D&I sessions at its General Membership Meeting in October. Member firms shared wellness programs and inclusive policies that create engaging environments where workforces can grow and flourish. View session replays here.
  • We crossed an important milestone and now have over 1,300 followers on LinkedIn, thanks to our Industry Engagement Committees efforts and campaigns. Follow us here.

In addition, some of our founding members participated in creating this video showcasing the DPNA mission and goals. We hope that you share it with peers and colleagues in an effort to amplify the Diversity Project message.


Here’s a look at our top D&I content:


NEW: 2020 Pulse Survey Report | READ




Racial Equity

NEW: Round Table Executive Summary: Advancing Racial Equity | READ

Members of the Diversity Project recently participated in a roundtable to discuss developing tangible business policies in support of racial equity in the asset management industry.


Listen, Learn & Lead Series: Dialogue on Authentic Allyship:

NEW: Part 3, Being Latinx in the asset management industry | REGISTER

NEW: Part 2, A continuation: Being Black in the asset management industry | REPLAY

Part 1, What it means to be Black in the asset management industry | REPLAY


Diverse Suppliers

NEW: Modernizing Vendor Management and Strategic Partnership Models | REPLAY


Employee Wellness

NEW: Inclusion in the Workplace @ Nicsa GMM | WATCH

NEW: Path to Wellness @ Nicsa GMM | WATCH

NEW: Inclusivity in the Digital Landscape @ Women in Asset Management Summit | WATCH

COVID-19: Inclusion & Well Being | REPLAY


Recruiting & Retention

Toolkit | Stay Interviews | READ

Toolkit | Inclusive Interviewing Practices | READ


Mentorship / Sponsorship

Case Study | Diverse Sponsorship Program | READ


Gender Gap

Case Study | Women’s Leadership Forum | READ

Case Study | Cross Gender Partnership Program | READ



Watch this insightful video to learn about our work with LGBT Great to assess how our industry is collecting diversity data. Global Managing Director, Matt Cameron, shares some of the initial survey findings exclusively with Nicsa.

Daily Intentions Everyday Engagement | VIEW

Tips on staying inclusive in a virtual, work-from-home environment.


Simple Starts | VIEW

Behavioral changes aimed at producing a tangible impact.

Diversity Project North America Call to Action

 The Diversity Project Committee volunteers are at the heart of our mission, to collaborate with each other and to develop, share and advance diversity and inclusion efforts in the asset management industry. We are looking for active, engaged and passionate volunteers to continue the mission. We have three new committees that just formed in addition to four standing committees:

  1. Education Engagement and Outreach: This committee's efforts will be focused on attracting early career, diverse talent to the industry. The goal of the committee will be to establish partnerships, feeders and frameworks with colleges and universities to focus on building a pipeline of diverse talent.
  2. Fearless Leadership Symposium Committee This Committee is responsible for driving content development and speaker identification for the annual Fearless Leadership Symposium which will be held in the spring of 2021. 
  3. Member Engagement – Rising Star Program The members of this committee are responsible for creating a Diversity Project Program to assist members to identify, cultivate and develop the next generation of leaders in their firm. 
  4. Benchmarking Committee identify and understand industry measurements and metrics of D, E & I standards
  5. Best Practices Committee sharing tested procedures with positive results
  6. Industry Engagement Committee sharing findings and soliciting actionable industry feedback 
  7. Events Committee focuses on planning and hosting Diversity Project events that center on diversity, equity and inclusion topics and create meaningful ways to address a path forward to inclusive leadership
If you are interested in learning more or volunteering, please reach out to me directly

Join us on LinkedIn and amplify the message | Follow

Share our mission with colleagues and peers | Share Video

Upload best practices content to the DPNA Library | Collaborate

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