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Diversity & Inclusion

Building a collaborative culture

We believe there's room at the table for everyone's ideas. That's why we celebrate diverse perspectives, experiences and backgrounds—because a true idea exchange fosters richer conversations and more innovative solutions. And, we work hard to build a culture where everyone's voice is valued, respected and heard.

A more diverse perspective

How do we design compelling investment solutions? We build our teams with diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experiences—applauding the idea-challengers who dare to look at things differently.

"Diversity & Inclusion is about creating a culture that ensures everyone gets the support and resources they need to be successful in our organization."

Melda Mergen

Deputy Global Head of Equities
Co-chair, North America Diversity & Inclusion Group
[She, Her, Hers]

Melda Mergen

Our Commitment


Source and recruit diverse candidates at all levels of the organization.


Help drive meaningful change through proactive engagement within the community and industry.


Evolve our management training programs to embed clear accountability for diversity and inclusion.


Continue to evolve programs to develop and retain talented under-represented employees.

Fostering a diverse and inclusive culture

Every support channel is critical to building a diverse and inclusive culture. That's why we make sure our employees have access to a range of programs that provide the resources they need to feel supported and empowered to pursue successful careers. Some of our programs include:

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning Network

Women's Interest Network

Black Employee Network

Veterans Employee Network

Abilities Network

Asian American Employee Network

Hispanics, Latinos and Amigos Network

Family & Life Stages

View full list of programs (PDF)


We believe that building an inclusive culture extends beyond the walls of our firm and into the industry and communities we serve. That's why we support initiatives like these to help strengthen communities and advance opportunity and diversity within financial services.

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The Diversity Project North America

This initiative seeks to accelerate diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) within the global asset management industry through collaborative leadership.

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The Equity Collective

Together with 23 other wealth and asset management firms, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Team Impact and HIVE Diversity, we aim to develop and advance the next generation of leaders in financial services.

The Posse Foundation

This program is designed to cultivate a diverse pool of leaders for the 21st century through high school- and college-led programs that train and develop small groups of talented students.

The Boston Triathlon

Boston's only triathlon brings together athletes from around the globe while raising funds for Boston Medical Center's programs focused on eradicating the inequities affecting people's health.


Dare2tri enhances the lives of individuals with physical disabilities and visual impairments by building confidence, community, health and wellness through triathlons.

Pine Street Inn

This local institution provides comprehensive services like housing, emergency services and workforce development to nearly 2,000 men and women daily.

Where we are today

Building a diverse and inclusive culture is about more than numbers, but they help us tell a story about progress and our commitment to making a difference you can see.


Women directors on
Columbia Funds Complex Mutual Fund Boards


Women employees


People of color employees

Fund Boards data as of January 1, 2021. Employee data as of December 31, 2020.

Columbia Threadneedle Investments North America workforce diversity

Business management committee 24% 3%
Senior management 18% 10%
Investment professionals 26% 21%
Total employees 38% 18%

Data as of December 31, 2020. People of color, U.S. only, includes people who identify as racially and ethnically diverse based on U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) classifications: Hispanic or Latino, Black or African American, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, Asian, Native American or Alaska Native and two or more races. Senior Management includes Columbia Threadneedle officers and senior investment leaders. Investment professionals exclude administrative roles.

Grow with us

Find the mentorship to grow, the support to thrive and the opportunities to excel in your career at Columbia Threadneedle. This is our commitment to ensure everyone has the tools they need to succeed. Because it's your unique perspectives that enrich our views, your diverse experiences that expand our insights; and your collective backgrounds that broaden our offerings.


grow with us