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Bloomberg

Bloomberg, the global business and financial information and news leader, gives influential decision makers a critical edge by connecting them to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas. The company’s strength delivering data, news and analytics through innovative technology, quickly and accurately is at the core of the Bloomberg Professional service, which provides real time financial information to approximately 325,000 subscribers globally. Diversity & Inclusion at Bloomberg is our commitment to fostering an inclusive culture where employees feel respected for their diversity and empowered to impact the business globally.

Women at Bloomberg

Bloomberg Women’s Community connects and supports women at Bloomberg through awareness, relationship-building and career development. The Bloomberg Women in Technology group encourages women to be leaders in technology and focuses on supporting leadership development, recruitment and retention efforts within the company, as well as mentoring young women pursuing STEM educational and career paths.

Bloomberg’s Financial Services Gender-Equality Index

Last year, Bloomberg launched the inaugural Bloomberg Financial Services Gender-Equality Index, recognizing 26 firms for their commitment to gender equality. The index provides investors with valuable reference data across internal company statistics, employee policies, gender-conscious product offerings and external community engagement.


Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Whether it’s raising capital in Mumbai or hedging currencies in Stockholm, the powerful combination of Bank of America Merrill Lynch means we can do more for our clients than any other financial services firm. We understand the challenges our clients face around the world, and we tap the full resources of our company to help them achieve their goals. Our solutions span the complete range of advisory, capital raising, banking, treasury and liquidity, sales and trading, and research capabilities.

Combining a dominant corporate bank and world-class investment bank, Bank of America Merrill Lynch has created a financial powerhouse of deep industry, regional, product and strategic expertise serving clients in over 150 countries through more than 40 offices across the world. As the bank of choice for 99% of the U.S. Fortune 500 and 96% of the Global Fortune 500, Bank of America Merrill Lynch is the place to be for talented professionals who are serious about seizing opportunities to make a difference and helping to shape the future of global banking.


Barclays

Barclays is a major global financial services provider engaged in personal banking, credit cards, corporate and investment banking and wealth and investment management with an extensive international presence in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. With over 300 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 50 countries and employs 140,000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide.

At Barclays, we understand that the global marketplace is changing. In order for us to stand out we have to think along different lines to deliver the most innovative solutions to our clients. Having a diverse workforce gives us a valuable competitive edge and allows us to leverage the different perspectives of our employees in order to grow our business.

Barclays recognizes the role that women play in the success of our firm, and by ensuring that talented women have a seat at the table, we multiply our opportunities for success. In an effort to encourage, inspire and support women in achieving their career goals, we have established the Women’s Initiatives Network (WiN) in regional and branch offices. WiN members help the firm’s diversity mission by leading initiatives related to recruitment, professional development, networking, awareness and community outreach. In 2010, for the second consecutive year, WiN hosted its International Women’s Day Conference. Members of the firm’s Executive Committee participated in the event which began in Asia Pacific and over the course of the day passed the baton to Europe, and finally the US.

Our firm is committed to creating an inclusive workplace to attract women from top business schools across the country, and through our campus recruiting efforts; we have introduced a number of new initiatives to meet this goal.

Barclays continues to partner with organizations such as The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Family Outreach, Dress for Success, Women’s Bond Club, Catalyst, and Women in Banking and Finance, along with non profit organizations who assist women, girls and families in need. Additionally, we have consistently been named to the Working Mother 100 Best Companies list.


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Since 1931, Capital Group has been singularly focused on delivering superior, consistent results for long-term investors using high-conviction portfolios, rigorous research and individual accountability. Capital Group serves individual investors, financial intermediaries and institutions around the world through a broad range of products and services that include American Funds, one of the largest mutual fund families in the U.S. by assets under management.

Fostering a fully diverse workforce that provides opportunities for everyone based on their skills and experience has long been a priority at The Capital Group Companies. In addition to surfacing the best people for the job regardless of factors such as gender, ethnicity and nationality this commitment has contributed greatly to the Capital Group’s success and prominence in the investment management industry.

The Capital Group’s investment philosophy, established nearly 80 years ago, is reflected in a collegial work environment that encourages and values the input and active collaboration of associates throughout our organization. (The fact that we call all our employees ‘associates’ is itself an acknowledgment of this respect for the individual.) It is through this diversity that the best long-term investment ideas are born, resulting in consistent investment results for our clients and shareholders.

Inherent in our commitment to diversity is active support for the inclusion and advancement of women. More than 60% of our associates are female, and the Capital Group works closely with women’s organizations in key universities and business schools to recruit talented women and nurture their advancement.

We invest in our associates through a comprehensive benefits program that encourages continued education and training as well as support for working mothers through flexible work schedules and generous well-baby care and maternity benefits. It is all part of the Capital Group’s strong belief that our clients, shareholders, and associates all benefit when we help individuals succeed.


Citi

200 million customer accounts. 160 countries. One vision. Citi works tirelessly to provide consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services. We strive to create the best outcomes for our clients and customers with financial solutions that are simple, creative and responsible.

At Citi, we recognize diversity as one of our competitive advantages which is enhanced by attracting, retaining and developing the top female talent in our industry.

Citi Women, formerly Women4Citi, launched in 2005 and is our company-wide effort to foster the ongoing development of women leaders from recruitment to senior management as well as to facilitate the engagement of clients in the women’s dialogue.

Today, this program supports women across Citi with tools and resources to help advance their careers. Throughout the Citi organization, nearly 50 Women's Councils operate at the local level to catalyze female talent, further causes that support the career paths of women, and facilitate community outreach to fulfill the passions of participants. These groups do tremendous work every day and create strong connections to our businesses, our communities, and each other.

Citi supports the recruitment, retention, and career development of women in many ways.

Citi supports professional development opportunities for women by providing an array of development and training programs, formal and informal networking and mentoring opportunities. Through its Women Leading Citi program and Women's Leadership Development Program it provides high performing talented women the opportunity to further develop executive readiness and leadership skills to broaden their scope of responsibility and advance their career.

Citi provides best in class work/life balance programs such as flexible work arrangements, full-time back-up child care programs and a variety of dependent care options.

Citi targets and actively recruits women when hiring undergraduate, graduate, and professional level talent. Our strategy is multi layered and includes partnering with external organizations focusing on women's professional development (e.g. Financial Women's Association), sponsoring annual conferences that foster and support educational and professional endeavors and participating in career fairs committed to the advancement of women in the workplace (e.g. Columbia Women in Business Conference).

Examples of our diversity work receiving external recognition in 2012 include:


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Credit Suisse AG is one of the world's leading financial services providers. As an integrated bank, Credit Suisse offers clients its combined expertise in the areas of private banking, investment banking and asset management. Credit Suisse operates in over 50 countries worldwide and employs approximately 47,600 people.

Credit Suisse aims to be the employer of choice by attracting and retaining the best and most diverse talent. Our diversity strategy is based on the idea of “engaging difference”: leveraging the diverse perspectives of all of our employees to achieve our business goals.

We’re building a talent-driven culture, where the best people—regardless of their race, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or religion or nationality—are free to realize their full potential.

Credit Suisse offers a variety of programs and professional networks to foster the career development of women. The Credit Suisse Americas Women’s Network (AWN) is focused on recruiting top female talent, fostering the promotion and advancement of women, and building women’s leadership. The AWN offers professional development, mentoring, advocacy, education, awareness programs. Examples of programs offered by the AWN in 2009 included:

The AWN is also a proud partner with a variety of external affiliates, including 100 Women in Hedge Funds, 85 Broads, Catalyst, the Financial Women's Association and The Women's Bond Club.

In addition to the AWN, Credit Suisse offers benefit programs to help women balance their professional and personal lives. We provide a full complement of flexible work arrangements, adoption assistance and adoption leave, domestic partner benefits, and back-up child and eldercare. We also offer health, nutrition, and wellness programs, and nursing areas for working mothers.

Our commitment to fostering the careers of women is demonstrated by the fact that we have been recognized for multiple consecutive years by Working Mother Magazine as among the “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers.”


Evercore

Evercore is a premier independent investment banking advisory firm with 1,400 employees and a global presence in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Evercore was ranked by Vault.com as #1 of the 50 Best Internships and #1 for Formal Training and Diversity with Regards to Women.

Established in 1995, Evercore is a leading global independent investment banking advisory firm. Evercore advises a diverse set of investment banking clients on a wide range of transactions and issues and provides institutional investors with high quality equity research, sales and trading execution that is free of the conflicts created by proprietary activities. The firm also offers investment management services to high net worth and institutional investors. With 28 offices in North America, Europe, South America and Asia, Evercore has the scale and strength to serve clients globally through a focused and tailored approach designed to meet their unique needs. More information about Evercore can be found on the Company's website at www.evercore.com.

We seek to differentiate ourselves through unstinting adherence to our core values. The firm's investment bankers provide objective counsel to senior executives and Boards of Directors on a range of complex business and financial issues, including M&A, takeover defense, shareholder value creation, corporate governance, and asset divestitures. The restructuring advisory team provides financial restructuring services, strategic advice and related investment banking services to companies in financial transition as well as to their interest holders.


Goldman Sachs

The Goldman Sachs Group is a bank holding company and a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm. Goldman Sachs provides a wide range of services worldwide to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and high net worth individuals. Founded in 1869, the firm is headquartered in New York and maintains offices in London, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Hong Kong and other major financial centers around the world.


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JP Morgan

At J.P. Morgan, our mission is simple: first-class business…in a first-class way. In everything we do, excellence and integrity are the guiding principles. Excellence means more than 160 years of experience and knowledge that comes from solving the complexities of significant wealth, day in and day out. We augment this knowledge with some of the boldest, most innovative thinking today. Integrity means keeping your interests front and center always and carrying out our work with utter discretion.

In each key area of wealth management—investments, liquidity and credit management, and, along with your independent advisors, tax and estate planning—our extensive experience is exemplary. Equally important, we have the experience, the organizational structure and the commitment to knit these separate strands into a unified and comprehensive plan designed around your particular situation.

We understand that our collective diversity is our strength and are committed to creating an inclusive organization where everyone can succeed based on merit. We hire and develop people with unique experiences and diverse backgrounds because we believe that is a fundamental part of strengthening our global business capabilities. We understand that different perspectives bring strength and creativity to our work and lead to the best solutions for our clients. J.P. Morgan offers internship opportunities and scholarships to students of diverse backgrounds and participates in a wide variety of career events to attract diverse candidates.


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Macquarie Group is a global financial services provider with offices in 28 countries. We act on behalf of institutional, corporate and retail clients and counterparties around the world. Our expertise covers corporate finance and advisory, equities research and broking, asset management, foreign exchange, fixed income and commodities trading, lending and leasing, and private wealth management. Macquarie aims to deliver long-term profitability and shareholder returns, while managing risk and observing expected standards of corporate governance. Our leadership team has deep experience across the organization, while our Board comprises respected business leaders from diverse industry backgrounds. We encourage innovation and entrepreneurial spirit among our staff, while reinforcing that we are accountable for all our actions. Through this approach, we have built a uniquely diversified business. We have leading market positions in sectors including resources, agriculture and commodities, energy and infrastructure, with a particularly deep knowledge of Asia-Pacific financial markets. The diversity of our operations, combined with a strong capital position and robust risk management framework, has contributed to our 47-year record of unbroken profitability.

Macquarie’s long standing management philosophy is to encourage innovation and to reward achievement within a framework of personal responsibility. This merit based culture is reflected in What We Stand For, where Macquarie sets out the three principles that define Macquarie’s approach, Opportunity, Accountability and Integrity.

As a company which operates globally, the diversity of Macquarie's people is fundamental to its success. Macquarie's range of experiences, skills and views are key strengths and critical to the wide range of services the Group delivers across the globe as well as understanding the communities in which we operate.

Macquarie understands the importance of diversity and inclusion our long history of success has come from being different. In every one of our offices across 28 countries around the world, you’ll find individuals from varied backgrounds with different ways of thinking, different skills and different experiences. At Macquarie we value the innovation and creativity that diversity of thought brings.

At Macquarie, we harness the strength of our diversity through inclusion. Inclusion means creating a workplace environment where people feel they can be themselves, regardless of their gender, age, ethnicity or cultural affiliation, sexual orientation, beliefs or educational background.


MIT Sloan

The MIT Sloan School of Management, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is one of the world’s leading business schools- conducting cutting-edge research and providing management education to top students from more than 60 countries. MIT Sloan partners with the ForteÁ and MIT Sloan Women in Management Club to increase opportunities for women. MIT Sloan is where smart, independent leaders come together, where ideas are made to matter.

Mission Driven

MIT Sloan is a mission-driven organization. We develop principled, innovative leaders who improve the world and generate ideas that advance management practice.

Mens et Manus

Our diversified, specialized, and action-oriented curriculum exemplifies our commitment to balancing innovative ideas and theories with hands-on application. The coursework at MIT Sloan is rigorous and distinguished by emphasis on real-world engagement that turns innovative ideas into practical solutions to the world’s challenges.

Learn, Act, Reflect

Through project-based learning and ongoing reflection, students translate classroom knowledge and theory into practical business solutions for companies and organizations from all over the world. Our experience in developing, managing, and supporting groundbreaking project-based learning plays a part of every Action Learning Lab course.

A World of Opportunities

As a result of their personalized preparation, MIT Sloan MBA students field a high percentage of job offers. This is clear evidence of the value that employers around the world place on MIT Sloan’s hands-on, high-touch course of studies, as well as an ongoing testament to the caliber of MIT Sloan MBA graduates.

Collaboration Across MIT

What makes the MIT Sloan community so dynamic is the absence of boundaries. Invention here is cross-cultural, multi-disciplinary, and a result of one key common denominator: excellence. Members of this community believe strongly that there is no point in striving for anything less.

Culture of Contribution

Students at MIT Sloan immediately tap into the synergy they find on campus. We often hear students marvel at how everyone pitches in to help you attain your goals. Ask anyone what makes MIT such a special place, and you will inevitably hear about the people here—intelligent, respectful, and imaginative people, who eagerly collaborate toward common goals.

Customizable Curriculum

After the powerful, shared experience of the first-semester Core, students construct a personalized course of study. In addition to the analytic rigor you would expect from MIT Sloan, we focus sharply on the broad concepts and subtle nuances of real-world business challenges — and offer a host of opportunities exclusive to MIT Sloan to engage in decision-making and big-picture analysis, while enhancing leadership skills. Every experience is tailored to each student's unique interests and goals.

Tracks and Certificate Programs: To further expand our customized curriculum, we offer our MBA students specialized Tracks in Finance, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, and in Enterprise Management. We also offer certificate programs in Sustainability and Healthcare. Each of these specialized options can take you down a more defined career path. Within these offerings, like-minded students take relevant courses and participate in extracurricular activities with key industry leaders and faculty.

Combined Degrees: The joint degree program, Leaders for Global Operations (LGO), is offered in conjunction with the MIT School of Engineering and combines coursework in management and engineering with a six-month internship at an MIT partner company. The three-year MIT Sloan and Harvard Kennedy School of Government dual degree enables students to receive both an MBA and an MPA or MPP in preparation for management roles in local, state/provincial, or federal/national governments, as well as in NGOs and not-for-profit organizations.


NYU Stern School of Business

At Stern, we believe in the tremendous potential of individuals to solve global problems through the power of business. Founded on this belief, our vision is to develop people and ideas that transform 21st century problems into opportunities to create value for business and society. “An Education in Possible” is our promise to deliver a unique education that combines rigor in the classroom with engagement beyond the classroom to broaden perspectives and change mindsets. We promote disruptive thinking and encourage experimentation to create value. We fulfill our promise through four core values: Academic Excellence, IQ + EQ, Collaborative Community and The Energy of a Global Hub.

NYU Stern consistently enrolls one of the highest percentages of women among top business schools. Women at Stern are a unique mix of individuals from across the globe who bring with them expertise from a variety of industries. Female professors, representing more than 20% of our faculty, play a critical role in the school's success.

Each year, Stern hosts a number of events to welcome our female applicants. Our marquee recruiting event, Opening Doors for Women, is held each fall and includes breakfast with current students, alumni, faculty and administrators. In the winter, Stern Women in Business (SWIB) hosts an annual conference that attracts professional women and student leaders from all fields to discuss issues affecting women in the workplace. Past speakers include Kathleen A. Corbet, Former President, Standard & Poor’s, Carla Hendra, Chairman Global Strategy and Innovation, OgilvyOne North America, and Susan L. Jurevics, CEO of Pottermore for J.K. Rowling, Stern MBA 1996.

“The Stern community offers such support for women to become leaders in business, from targeted recruiting efforts to opportunities through Stern Women in Business. This kind of development is invaluable in producing a network of bright, strong women who make a real impact on the Stern community and beyond.”

- Rebekah Ahn, MBA 2010, Forté Fellow and Edie Hunt Inspiration Award Recipient


Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at Virginia

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business is one of the world's leading business schools, offering MBA, PhD and Executive Education programs. The unique Darden experience combines the best educational experience, featuring the case method of teaching; the highest-ranked faculty, whose research advances global managerial practice and business education; and a dynamic, global network of students, faculty, staff and alumni. These three key elements come together to develop entrepreneurial, global and responsible leaders who step forward to improve the world.

Darden women make a significant impact every day — at Darden, in Charlottesville and around the world. They are student club presidents, community leaders, entrepreneurs and more. Darden is committed to recruiting women who want to positively impact the world, and empowering them for long-term success in whatever role they choose.

Furthermore, Darden’s chapter of Graduate Women in Business (GWIB) connects, empowers, and celebrates the next generation of women leaders and helps build awareness of women in leadership positions. Throughout the year, they engage students, alumnae, faculty and prospective students in activities ranging from senior speaker series to golf lessons to mentoring programs. Moreover, GWIB’s goal is to use education, coaching, networking, and mentoring to foster a lifelong community that enables and empowers Darden women to achieve their professional and personal aspirations, both during and after their time at Darden. In addition, Darden is one of the few MBA programs that provide dedicated lifelong career services resources for its alumni. The Alumni Career Services staff understands the career path of a woman may not always look like that of her male counterparts. Our professional staff provides Darden alumnae with resources and support as they move through different phases of their careers.