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Inclusion & Diversity

Baird’s commitment to inclusion and diversity stems from a strong culture of integrity, genuine concern for others and respect for the individual. We don’t just respect your differences, we value them. Join Baird and you will join a firm that believes inclusion and diversity creates great outcomes for all.

Our ability to attract, retain and develop the best talent, and our passion for achieving superior results for our clients and associates are all crucial to our success.

Inclusion and diversity is a shared responsibility and a process of continual improvement, and we are committed to using a wide array of strategies to stay on track and ensure that every voice is heard. Scroll down to see the many ways we’re keeping our entire organization moving forward on this journey that is never ending and always rewarding.

Our Inclusion & Diversity Statement

Baird is committed to inclusion and diversity for our clients, associates and communities. Our commitment is in keeping with The Baird Way and our respect for each individual. We recognize that a diverse team enables us to better understand and best meet the needs and expectation of our clients and associates.

Responsibility for creating an inclusive and diverse organization begins with our executive team and is shared by every associate throughout our organization. We are committed to having an inclusive environment where differences are understood, respected and valued and where diversity unites, rather than divides, us.

Our commitment to inclusion and diversity includes providing equitable opportunities for every individual to develop personally and professionally regardless of gender, race, color, age, religious affiliation, nationality, sexual orientation, physical ability or gender identity, which are just some of the differences that make each of us unique.  For our associates, this includes initiatives in work/life balance, leadership training, mentoring, networking, Associate Resource Groups and other personal and professional development. It also includes internship, scholarship, recruitment and rotation programs helping create more opportunities for diverse individuals.

Baird and our associates also support a wide variety of community initiatives aimed at promoting inclusion and diversity. Our community involvement enables us to play an active role in shaping the communities in which we live and work.

Baird’s culture, our ability to attract, retain and develop the best diverse talent, and our passion for achieving superior results for our clients and associates are all crucial to our success. These are among the many reasons why we are committed to the continued pursuit of a culture of inclusion and diversity that focuses on our clients, our associates and the communities we serve.

Our Approach

Baird’s approach is not to do what others are doing just to check a box. Instead, our inclusion and diversity efforts align to our mission of providing the best financial advice and service to our clients and being a best place to work for our associates.

  • Our Special Task Force of the Executive Committee was created to improve our commitment to and engagement with associates from historically underrepresented populations. Senior leadership works together on long-term efforts because we approach inclusion and diversity from a strategic planning perspective rather than a variety of short-term initiatives.
  • Every Business Unit and Corporate Resource Group has an Advisory & Implementation Council (AIC) to represent each area’s unique needs as it relates to incorporating and advancing Baird’s commitment to inclusion and diversity. Over 100 Baird associates work within their AICs to assess, collect, and make recommendations focused on associate recruiting and hiring, engagement and retention, and community involvement.

 

Inclusion & Diversity at Work

Engagement

We realize that our associates’ and the passion they have for what they do—make us unique. Our collective energy, experience, and ideas define us as a great place to work. Associates throughout the firm lead our Associate Resource Groups (ARGs), which provide the opportunity for associates with shared lived experience and their allies to come together in community to foster a sense of belonging and help guide Baird on the inclusion and diversity journey.

Development

We regularly seek input and feedback from our associates to guide, inform and measure progress of our efforts, which include: sponsoring scholarships for students within underrepresented populations, hosting a multicultural community conference for our diverse associates, and curating a catalog of over 25 course offerings dedicated to inclusion and diversity education and awareness from our Talent Development team.

Recruitment

Attracting and retaining associates with different backgrounds and varied perspectives not only fits our culture, it gives us a better understanding and appreciation for the unique needs of our clients. And we know we can’t do this alone. We sponsor and partner with academic and professional organizations to enhance our efforts to attract and develop diverse talent for all areas of our business.

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