AllianceBernstein Partnered With Equitable To Host an Event for Students From Historically Black Colleges and Universities
At the end of September, AllianceBernstein was honored to partner with colleagues at Equitable to support the Thurgood Marshall College Fund Leadership Institute by hosting a reception for students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) at AB’s New York office. During the event, AB President & CEO Seth P. Bernstein shared insights into the financial services industry, the firm and career opportunities at AB. AB’s Global Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Corporate Citizenship Janessa Cox-Irvin, Diversity Partnerships & Programs Manager Raquel Barlow, and members of our Campus Recruiting team also participated in the event.
Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) is the nation’s largest organization exclusively representing the Black College Community. TMCF member-schools include the publicly supported HBCUs and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs). TMCF has historically provided centralized access to diverse talent and established a platform to educate diverse communities on the finance industry and build financial literacy. Every year, TMCF hosts a Leadership Institute for diverse talent to interact with corporate partners and receive professional development.
During this event, AB and Equitable employees interacted with high-achieving talent, discussing the firm, the industry and other opportunities.
AB is deeply committed to growing diverse talent in the financial services industry. In June 2022, AB established its HBCU Scholars program, which provides diverse students exposure to AB and the financial services industry. The HBCU Scholars program has featured 11 scholars to date. The program is open to sophomores from four university partners: Tennessee State University, Fisk University, Hampton University, and Alabama A & M. Students from these institutions have the opportunity to receive a scholarship, in addition to a 9-week internship filled with immersive learning opportunities and mentorship.
In alignment with AB’s “Drive to 25” initiative to increase the firm’s diverse talent by 2.5% by 2025, our HBCU Scholars program seeks to create a diverse talent pipeline for the firm and the industry by engaging early and often.