CAIA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative
Amplifying Voices and Impact
Many financial service companies today are making progress to attract, recruit, retain, and promote more women. Research clearly shows that diversity matters to the bottom line and can impact greater innovation and higher productivity.
With our Members working across all alternative investment sectors and many holding senior-level roles, CAIA has a unique opportunity to contribute its voice, amplify impact, and influence change across the industry.
Hearing from Women Executives
- Gender Diversity Advisory Committee: In 2018, CAIA formed a Gender Diversity Advisory Committee, comprised of senior-level women in the industry. Their perspectives as seasoned professionals and experience working on diversity issues locally and regionally inform and help shape CAIA’s ongoing initiatives.
- Diversity at the podium and within Chapter Leadership Committees: We are committed to “walking the walk” by ensuring each CAIA Chapter includes women on their executive committees, which provides greater access to strong peer networks and supports our goal of having women represented at the podium and on panels at every CAIA event. 100 Women in Finance offers an excellent resource for women speakers here.
- Amplifying the Voices of Women Executives: With so few women at the top, it’s difficult for early-career women to find role models or potential paths to executive level leadership. This Way Up is an interview series offering a window into the corner office of women who have made it to c-suite in our industry. Our conversations look at the professional lives and personal aspirations of extraordinary women who offer their candid thoughts, indispensable advice, and sometimes unexpected insights to those just starting out.
- Next Generation Efforts: There are many organizations and company-sponsored initiatives underway dedicated to increasing the number of women in finance and specifically in leadership roles. CAIA is partnering with like-minded organizations, such as 100 Women in Finance, to provide greater access to the CAIA programs through scholarship opportunities. We also partner with organizations, such as Women’s Association of Venture and Equity (WAVE), that are dedicated to the advancement of women in the industry.