Vanguard push to increase diversity

Vanguard pushes to increase diversity

Omar S. heads the U.S. Investment Grade Taxable Research effort at Vanguard and was selected as a Toigo Fellow while getting his MBA at Columbia Business School. In this blog, he shares what the Toigo Foundation means to him as well as a recap of a recent event.

Vanguard push to increase diversity

As an advocate of efforts to enact change and build diversity, the mission of the Robert Toigo Foundation© – to “foster the career advancement and increased leadership of underrepresented talent in Finance and allied industries and to create mechanisms for greater inclusion from the classroom to the boardroom” – resonated with me right away.  Vanguard’s promising partnership with the Toigo Foundation combines my connection with the organization as an alum with my desire to drive a more inclusive environment in the Finance industry. Vanguard recently hosted the opening events of Toigo MBA Catapult – an annual event hosted in Philadelphia that offers an opportunity for the 250+ Toigo MBA Fellowship finalists to learn more about financial services firms as they pursue careers in finance. The event incorporates industry panels, workshops, as well as a career expo.

During Catapult, I was one of three panelists in the Investment Management Career webinar, where we talked about our respective career journeys, including my journey at Vanguard. We heard from Vanguard leaders, including CEO Tim Buckley and CIO Greg Davis, who shared their personal Vanguard stories, their perspective on the markets and the importance of diverse thought and talent. Additionally, the audience had the opportunity to learn more about careers in finance, particularly at Vanguard, whether it be full-time positions or prominent MBA programs.

Vanguard push to increase diversity

The evening reception was a great way for participants to connect and hear testimonials from crew across various Vanguard divisions and learn how Vanguard is much more than an investment management firm.  For Vanguard crew, it served as an avenue to learn the past, present, and future aspirations of an impressive group of applicants with deep, varied experience across the top business schools in the country.  I often tell people that, financial assistance aside, the more valuable aspects of the Toigo Fellowship throughout my MBA experience were the small, intimate gatherings with leading corporate sponsors.  I’ve long felt it offered a chance to have meaningful connections and conversations with potential employers, and these impactful discussions increased the chance to secure summer internships and full-time positions.  We worked toward replicating that experience at Vanguard for the Toigo finalists, and I believe we succeeded.

The second day of Catapult saw several panel discussions and afforded Vanguard an opportunity to not only continue engaging with Toigo, but also for staff panelists for the Investment Management, Social Impact Investing, Emerging Markets, FinTech and Foundations & Endowment panels to hear perspectives from those on the front lines in those specialties.  The day also included a Career Connections segment, where Toigo members heard insights from the co-head of Vanguard’s MBA Development Program and two current MBA rotation candidates. Vanguard’s final day of involvement included a Career Expo and Career Coaching Panel where we could, again, talk more to Toigo Fellow finalists and alums about Vanguard’s MBA opportunities as well as our culture, philosophy, and exciting growth.

Vanguard push to increase diversity

I was humbled by everyone’s willingness to help, and the coordinated effort between Human Resources and the businesses solidified a great few days with Toigo and served as a foundation from which we can certainly grow.  I thought it was a wonderful collective effort and we received a lot of positive feedback.

-Omar S.

Vanguard push to increase diversity

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