Vanguard crew march at the Charlotte Pride parade

On August 27th the streets of uptown Charlotte were filled with color, excitement and thousands of people celebrating equality at the Charlotte Pride parade.  And for the very first time members of one of Vanguard’s Crew Resource Groups “Out Professional Engagement Network” (OPEN) marched alongside their fellow Charlotteans.  Over 60 Vanguard crew, family and friends decorated in red shirts and carrying rainbow flags and umbrellas paraded through uptown – a big moment for OPEN and for Vanguard.

As our group marched we were pleasantly surprised to hear the cheers and Vanguard-isms shouted in our direction.  “We Love Vanguard!” and “Take care of my 401K!” just to name a few.  Marching on Sunday gave us all a renewed sense of pride in what it means to be Vanguard crew members and more importantly, what it means to be crew members and community leaders that find value in celebrating diversity in its many forms.

Undoubtedly, our presence in Charlotte’s largest annual parade helped to reinforce the Vanguard brand.  For investors and crew alike, our presence demonstrates our commitment as we strive to give our clients and crew the best chance for success.

-Brad W. & Lauren W.

Photos © Alyssa Frost Photography

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