Investing in Black Talent: Practicing Inclusive Leadership This Juneteenth

Today, as we reflect on the liberation of enslaved African Americans in the United States, let’s consider how to invest in Black talent and promote inclusive leadership in our workplaces and communities.

By prioritizing the investment and recruitment of diverse talent, we can create a more inclusive environment for future financial leaders and drive the industry toward greater growth and development.

The Financial Alliance for Racial Equality (FARE) was established to address industry underrepresentation, enhance racial diversity, and foster inclusion within the financial services sector.

At FARE, each financial services firm is responsible for amplifying executive-level representation within the industry. Here are some actionable steps individuals and companies can take to practice inclusive leadership this Juneteenth:

Recognize the importance of representation.

Studies show that when individuals see leaders who reflect their identities, it significantly impacts their sense of belonging and aspirations. Actively seek out and promote diverse voices at all levels of your organization.

Create opportunities for mentorship and networking.

Mentoring programs provide guidance, support, and access to otherwise inaccessible opportunities. Foster connections between seasoned professionals and aspiring talent from diverse backgrounds.

Implement strategies to attract diverse candidates.

Partner with educational institutions, such as Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), to tap into a pool of talented individuals from underrepresented communities. In recruitment efforts, showcase your commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Develop internship programs with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Provide interns with meaningful work experiences, mentorship, and exposure to various facets of the industry. Invest in interns’ personal and professional development to cultivate future Black leaders.

Empower marginalized communities with financial education.

Support initiatives that give individuals the knowledge and skills to make informed financial decisions and build generational wealth within Black communities.

As we celebrate Juneteenth, let’s recommit ourselves to investing in Black talent and building a more equitable and inclusive future. By practicing inclusive leadership, we can create workplaces and communities where everyone, regardless of background, has the opportunity to thrive. Together, we honor the legacy of Juneteenth and continue the journey toward freedom, equity, and justice for all.

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Nicole Ridley

Nicole Ridley

Head of Operations


Nicole Ridley is a collaborative and transformational thought leader who serves as the Head of Operations for the Financial Alliance for Racial Equity (FARE). She is a high-performing, strategic thinker with more than 15 years of professional and leadership experience in Finance, Investments, Commercial Real Estate, Strategic Relationship Management, and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.


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