By Cheryl Crispen
The business case for diversity and inclusion was top of mind at SIFMA's 2016 Annual Meeting, The Capital Markets Conference. Panelists touched on the rapidly changing demographic landscape and the need for companies to adapt in kind.
Congresswoman Terri Sewell addressed the audience, saying, "The success of our nation's financial sector hinges on its most important asset - its people."
Diversity isn't just good for individuals, it's good business. "If you keep hiring the same people, you're going to get the same views. You won't see innovation, you won't see change," said Chris Lewis, General Counsel at Edward Jones.
The panelists agreed that the business case for diversity isn't a difficult one to make. Firms are aware of the tangible benefits of inclusion, said Suni Harford, managing director at Citigroup: "Enhanced business begets more business, and that's good for the economy. Firms recognize that our consumers and clients and vendors are diverse and when we help those people, it comes back to us tenfold. You can make the business case very easily.".... Read more...