Crain’s 2022 notable executives of color in finance


With its overwhelming lack of diversity – just 5% black, 9% Asian, and 8% Hispanic/Latino – it’s no wonder some have called finance a “male and pale” industry. The leaders featured here change that. They hold leadership positions in large Chicago-area companies. Through one-on-one mentoring, working with their alma maters, and partnering with national organizations, they promote finance as a satisfying and lucrative career for young people of color. Perhaps more importantly, through their position, they are visible to young professionals in their organizations. This visibility says silently, but forcefully: Your place is here.

—Lisa Bertagnoli

METHODOLOGY: The individuals featured did not pay to be included. Their profiles were drawn from the submitted application documents. This list is incomprehensible. It only includes people for whom nominations have been submitted and accepted after review by the editors. To qualify for the list, candidates must identify as a person of color, hold a leadership position in a financial organization, and demonstrate an ability to effect change in their organization. They should use their skills to advance minority professionals in their field or organization and promote inclusive practices in the workplace. They must also demonstrate leadership outside of their organization, by getting involved in civic or professional organizations.

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