Promoting a Diverse and Inclusive Culture
Brown Advisory should be an environment that mirrors the fabric of the communities in which we work and live—one that supports colleagues in their effort to contribute at the highest level and reach their potential. We know that this will be a continuous journey—success is a progression, not a point in time. We will always be asking ourselves, “What's next?”
As we think about our journey, we are confident that Diversity results in better decisions for clients, and in a deeper understanding of the world in which we invest on behalf of, advise and serve clients. Diversity is something to celebrate. At the same time, Inclusion—ensuring that all colleagues have the chance to bring their best selves to work and to thrive at Brown Advisory—is non-negotiable and a keystone of a thriving corporate culture. We believe we must be a place that is truly inclusive.
Success in this area requires intention. As part of our program to embed diversity and inclusion (D&I) deeply into our culture, expand awareness, underscore inclusivity and increase diversity across the firm, we have established Colleague Resource Groups (CRGs), incorporated a determined focus on diverse talent acquisition, committed to ongoing colleague surveys to assess inclusion, organized focus groups to understand and act on areas of opportunity, and built a training module to address unconscious bias.
About Our Colleagues
As part of our commitment to true diversity and inclusion, it will be important to share our progress over time. Numbers will tell an important piece of the story, but real impact will manifest in our culture and relationships with clients. Together, we can build a vibrant, authentic culture that amplifies each and every colleagues’ contribution to our clients’ success.
Thanks to a renewed commitment to recruiting diverse candidates, women and people of color have represented a significant percentage of our new hires over the past two years. We are moving in the right direction in terms of new colleagues, but we know we need to stay the course in order to ensure the makeup of the firm delivers exceptional performance, advice and service to our clients over the long term.
Colleague Resource Groups
All colleagues are welcome and encouraged to join our Colleague Resources Groups regardless of how they identify themselves. By having a diverse group of stakeholders in the room, we believe we can establish more allies, advocates and sponsors who are focused on learning together and helping to build a more inclusive environment at Brown Advisory.
Asian & Pacific Islander Group
The group’s goal is to foster open communication and build relationships among Asians and Pacific Islanders and their allies.
Leads: Jae Chon, Eunice Kim, Joel Pallikal, Rima Parikh, JR Rodrigo and Amy Seto
Executive Sponsor: Paul Chew
Black and Hispanic Group
The CRG team and their allies work on issues that include colleague development, hiring, promotion and retention for black and Hispanic colleagues.
Leads: Megan Douglass, David Hodnett, Jennifer Maria, Ashley Webb
Executive Sponsor: Brett Rogers
Together with their allies, group members celebrate diversity, promote open conversations about the LGBTQ+ community, bring people together, and work with everyone to overcome labels and stereotypes.
Leads: Stephan Capriles, Matt McKenna and Lyn White
Executive Sponsor: Tim Hathaway
Military and First Responders Group
Members understand or want to learn more about the hurdles facing veterans, military service members, first responders and their families. The group strives to provide support and be a leader in assisting in and solving those challenges.
Leads: Jennifer Howard, Leona Byrnes, Jeffrey Cornelius, Sandra Doeller, Brett Gibson, Chris Hourihan, Brent Jones, Derrick Leak, Lisa Mancini, Renny McPherson, Adi Padva, David Schuster, Thomas Schweizer
Executive Sponsor: David Churchill
Together, male and female group members create a network of support and invest in women at all stages of their careers.
Leads: Georgia Campbell, Randi Engelbrecht, Amy McClure, Stephanie McCormick
Executive Sponsor: Chris Bartlett
Shared Perspectives: Black History Month 2019
Our CRGs actively host educational and networking events to create connections and share knowledge—with groups of colleagues, as well as our external community. During Black History Month, members of the In Living Color CRG shared their perspectives as people of color with the entire firm. As with so many of our D&I-related activities, it was an opportunity to learn, to find inspiration and to connect at a deeper level. We are pleased to share highlights of the discussion.