Several events are planned this month, including, but not limited to, Impact and Perspectives – A Conversation with Black Leaders on Wall Street; the Cabinet’s Innovation Lab presents A Founder’s Journey: Lessons in Resilience, Vision and Innovation; Exploring the alliance: moving from awareness to action; and to close out the month, we’ll be hosting a conversation about standing up for diversity with the best-selling author of AmericanaChimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
While we honor this month as a time to celebrate the rich history and accomplishments of our Black community, our focus neither begins nor ends in February. Every day, we work to build a culture of belonging through our programs, initiatives and training. It’s in our DNA.
Notably, the company’s Chairman and CEO, James Gorman, actively chairs the Morgan Stanley Institute for Inclusion Advisory Board, established in 2020 as a catalyst to accelerate diversity, equity and diversity strategies. inclusion to bring about meaningful change in society and beyond. To this end, the firm’s board of directors elected Erika James, Dean of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, to the Board of Directors in 2021. “Our firm will benefit immensely from his expertise as we continue to build a diverse, talent-driven organization with strengthened leadership,” said Mr. Gorman.
Morgan Stanley continues to invest in solutions that promote financial inclusion. Last fall, the Firm piloted the creation of The Equity Collective, an industry-leading group of wealth management and asset management companies, whose mission is to educate, empower and develop the next generation of diverse leaders in the financial industry.
Additionally, as our colleagues in communities of color felt the effects of the pandemic and traumatic racial events disproportionately, the firm expanded its wellness offerings, listening sessions, and training opportunities focused on unconscious bias. and inclusive leadership. We have learned to hold difficult and necessary conversations and to face problems head-on. By championing honest and open dialogue, we foster greater inclusion.
A leader in these efforts is our Black Employee Network (BEN). The ongoing thought leadership, networking opportunities, professional development programs, and alliance efforts spearheaded by BEN have created lasting and meaningful change for our Black colleagues. This month, we spotlight two BEN members who, like so many of our colleagues, are making black history. Learn more Sabina Dankwa and Niki Quarmyne share ideas, stories and what Black History Month means to them.
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