SIFMA Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Americans have made countless contributions to America’s culture, history and economy; and from September 15-October 15, we formally celebrate those Americans who trace their roots to Latin American and other Spanish-speaking nations. Making up nearly 20 percent of the U.S. population, the contributions of Hispanic Americans are far-reaching across sectors, including the financial services industry.

As we reflect on Hispanic Heritage Month, SIFMA would like to highlight some of the work our member firms are doing to diversify the industry, invest in Hispanic communities, and acknowledge the many accomplishments and extraordinary impact that Hispanic Americans have made on our industry.

Below is just a highlight of the work our firms are doing to recognize the contributions of the Hispanic American community and invest in a better future together:

  • BNY Mellon spotlights Latinx colleagues through internal and external storytelling.
  • Cetera celebrates Hispanic employees in a social media series.
  • Fidelity Investments sponsored the¡Adelante! Leadership Institute and will present a session to students on non-traditional pathways to a career in financial services.
  • Goldman Sachs partners with Jennifer Lopez and to support Latina small business owners.
  • HSBC hosted fun and educational events around the theme Esperanza:  A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope.
  • LPL Financial hosted a Hispanic & Latino Advisor Business Community Forum.
  • Morgan Stanley launched an employee spotlight series #SomosMorganStanley.
  • Northwestern Mutual offers Latino students financial empowerment webinars and scholarship opportunities.
  • Prudential Financial signed the Hispanic Promise national pledge.
  • Ramirez & Co., the oldest Hispanic Investment Bank, partners with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.
  • State Street highlights Latinx contributions in a social media campaign.

SIFMA is proud of our member firms’ work to honor Hispanic Heritage Month and remain committed to our own Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) efforts. SIFMA continues to move the conversation forward through multiple initiatives, such as the SIFMA DEI Leadership Summit, DEI Podcast, Blog and Video Series and SIFMA Invest! –an initiative to connect the industry with students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Servicing Institutions interested in pursuing a career in financial services.

Additionally, SIFMA’s Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Council regularly convenes industry leaders to share best practices, develop diversity initiatives, and provide resources as firms work to enhance inclusion in the workplace and serve diverse clients. The Council has outlined Six DEI Pillars to guide industry efforts in making progress toward DEI goals.

While we commemorate the achievements of the Hispanic American community, we recognize there is still work to be done.  To learn more about SIFMA’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts and stay updated on new efforts we are leading, visit our Diversity & Inclusion page.