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Diversity & Inclusion Initiative

Diversity encompasses a range of human differences. All areas of diversity, equity and inclusion deserve recognition in our industry.

FIA is committed to fostering diversity and inclusion and will strive to encourage, support and celebrate the diverse voices both within the organization and the industry at large

FIA believes inclusion and diversity is both a business and moral imperative that builds trust, brings different skills and perspectives to an organization, and compels us to stand up for what is right. Our mission is to foster diversity and inclusion and encourage, support and celebrate the diverse voices both within the association and the industry at large.

Our board-level Diversity Committee, chaired by Alicia Crighton from Goldman Sachs, includes senior representatives from FIA member firms, as well as FIA senior staff. Collectively, this group ensures the topic of diversity, equity and inclusion stays on the agenda across FIA events and board discussions and considers practical steps to foster a culture of inclusion in the industry.

This year will see a continuation of our efforts to promote diversity through communications, conference programming, committee participation and other channels. Building on our existing partner programs, we will also explore other ways of shining a light on diverse talent.

We believe it is important to work in partnership with the industry broadly and our members in particular to identify practical steps that can be taken to further this initiative.

Greenwood Project Partnership

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    As part of FIA’s board-level Diversity & Inclusion Initiative, we are partnering with the Greenwood Project, a non-profit focused on introducing Black and Latinx students to careers within the financial industry via paid summer internships in financial firms, academic instruction and mentorships.

News and commentary

  • US Rep. Scott inspires students to think big about financial service careers

    FIA President and CEO Walt Lukken hosted US Rep. David Scott (D-Ga.), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, for a “lunch and learn” conversation with college students participating in Greenwood Project’s Summer Internship Program. The US House Agriculture Committee oversees the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and has jurisdiction over the futures markets.

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  • Women held to higher standards across financial services, UK study finds

    Good Finance Framework aims to help financial firms tackle headwinds on female progression

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  • Boosting C-suite and board diversity is a business and regulatory imperative

    Financial services firms that fail to do so risk underperformance relative to those that do, writes Douglas E Harris, senior adviser at Promontory Financial Group.

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  • Goldman Sachs focuses on advancing Black women

    FIA member firm Goldman Sachs revealed an ambitious program called "One Million Black Women" that aims to invest $10 billion in direct capital investment over the next decade in order to support Black women.

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