Our values — meaningful work and meaningful relationships, independent thinking, and creating an environment where the best ideas win — naturally lead us to embrace diversity and treasure our differences. Given our mission to have the deepest possible understanding of global economies, we seek to find, retain, and grow the best talent across gender identity, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, gained experiences, and more. Unlocking the power of that diversity requires an inclusive environment. We believe that when people are truly included on the mission, they think more deeply about the best answers, and push harder on the toughest problems.
In pursuit of this vision, Bridgewater has a dedicated diversity and inclusion team reporting directly to CEO David McCormick, several affinity groups to empower our diverse communities, and a senior council charged with continuing to make Bridgewater a vibrant, inclusive community.
The civil rights lawyer and president of the Human Rights Campaign spoke to the Bridgewater community during Pride Month to discuss the ongoing fight for LGBTQ+ equality, urging everyone to see the common humanity in each other.
Glennda Testone, the Executive Director of The LGBT Community Center of New York City, joined us this Pride Month to explore the topic of gender identity, the experiences of the transgender and nonbinary communities, and how to ensure inclusion for all members of our community.
To further explore dimensions of inclusion, our community recently gathered for a three-part series that further explored confidence. Featured in the series were co-authors of The Confidence Code, Claire Shipman and Katty Kay, as well as Bridgewater leaders who all shared advice on how to find the right balance of confidence for professional success.
CEO David McCormick served as the keynote speaker for FourBlock’s Career Readiness Program. David, a Gulf War combat veteran, outlined ways that graduates of the program can utilize their military service as an asset in the private sector.
Embracing diversity and treasuring our differences is core to who we are. To build a workplace rooted in meaningful work and meaningful relationships, we need to ensure that we are growing the best talent and implementing the right programs and policies to promote and retain them. While we’ve made progress, we know that we still have room to improve. Read more about what we are doing in FundFire’s fourth annual survey of diversity initiatives at the largest hedge funds.
Investment Associate Rutendo Chigora has been named to the EMpower’s 2021 Ethnic Minority Future Leaders List, recognized for her longstanding commitment to expanding opportunity at Bridgewater and beyond.