From Our CEO
Our people are our most important asset and a key to our success. We remain committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace in which all employees contribute their unique talents and skills. This allows us to provide best-in-class ideas and creative solutions to our clients.”
- Ken Kencel, President & CEO, Churchill
Churchill’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council
We established our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion council to promote action, embrace diverse perspectives, and ultimately help drive better, more innovative decision making in these areas:
- Intensifying efforts to widen our talent pool
- Incorporating DE&I in performance goals and expectations
- Maintaining ongoing training on inclusive leadership and unconscious biases
- Reinforcing inclusive and diverse practices to develop our talent
- Leveraging our leadership team’s dedication to building and sustaining inclusive and diverse teams
Churchill has also partnered with two leading organizations in our ongoing effort to advance DEI in the private capital industry at large.
Scholarships & Fellowships
We are opening more doors for diverse candidates to pursue careers in finance and investment management, including launching Churchill's first scholarship program: The Gryphon Scholarship and joining the Roger W. Ferguson (RWF) fellowship program through Nuveen.
The Gryphon Scholarship program helps Title 1 high school students located in the New York, Chicago, and Charlotte metro areas who are planning to pursue full-time undergraduate study. The program is 100% funded by Churchill employees and matched by our parent company, TIAA.
Partnering in the Community
We are identifying partner organizations and programs focused on raising awareness of societal needs that represent opportunities for Churchill employees to get involved, give back, and create stronger and genuine connections with each other and within their communities.
Mentorship & Sponsorship
We are enhancing awareness of and engagement with DE&I initiatives at Churchill as well as at Nuveen and TIAA, including creating a formal mentorship and sponsorship program within Churchill to ensure career development milestones are clear, fair and fulfilling.
Churchill established the Women’s Inspiration Network (“WIN”), an employee resource group focused on empowering and inspiring our female talent to build the skills they need to advance their careers and to be an advocate for others.
Insights & Stories
We’re delighted to share that Saheedat Onifade, Principal and Investment Strategist at Churchill, has been named one of the Forbes 30 Under 30 (in the…
We’re delighted to share that Saheedat Onifade, Principal and Investment Strategist at Churchill, has been named one of the 2023 Black Women in Asset Management (BWAM) 40 Under 40 (in the Sales & Investor Relations category).
At Churchill, giving back to the broader communities that we work and live in is part of our DNA, and today, we are thrilled to…
We are pleased to share that Churchill’s Head of Capital Markets, Jessica Voelker Nels, was named one of the 2023 Top Women Dealmakers of the Year by the Global M&A Network, LLC! This award recognizes the most talented and respected women in the U.S. transactional community with over 15 years of industry experience. Please join us in congratulating Jess on this well-deserved honor…
We’re excited to share that Churchill has joined the Milken Institute’s DEI in Asset Management Executive Council. The council brings together leaders across the industry to develop action-oriented solutions and industry standards that promote inclusive cultures and improve diversity within asset management institutions, particularly for women and Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC).
As Women History Month draws to a close, we want to highlight three remarkable female leaders at Churchill: Alona Gornick, Jill White, and Courtney DeBolt.…
Awards & Recognition