Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

We are committed to building a culture of inclusion, embracing diversity of thought, and nurturing an inclusive and diverse next generation of leaders for our firm. Together, these principles guide how we attract, retain and advance our talent. We believe an equitable workplace drives innovation and better decision making, and makes us better investors for our stakeholders and our communities overall.

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

Four Pillars

As a Leader in the middle market investment community, Churchill recognizes the importance of continuous learning, reinvention and inspiration through action:


As a Leader in the middle market investment community, Churchill recognizes the importance of continuous learning, reinvention and inspiration through action:


We are setting our agenda for inclusion and diversity with the active engagement and direction of our firm’s people at the highest level. We endeavor to identify strategic priorities with a Senior Leadership Council comprised of a diverse group of talent across the firm.


We are encouraging inclusive behavior and promoting equality firm-wide through ongoing education and training.


We are demonstrating our commitment to and accountability for DE&I both internally – by carefully monitoring our progress and continually refining our goals – and externally – by creating ways for our people to make a positive difference in underrepresented communities.


We are widening our talent pool and enhancing our professional staff through recruitment and retention practices that foster inclusion and diversity.


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.

Gryphon scholarship logo

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.

Women's Inspiration Network logo

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.

Alignment with Nuveen’s Commitment to Inclusion and Diversity

As an investment affiliate of Nuveen, Churchill is fully aligned with the firm’s DE&I perspectives and goals, and has ready access to its resources for building inclusion and diversity.  Nuveen strives to maintain an inclusive and engaging culture that celebrates its diversity and empowers employees – and to use its inclusivity as a tool to encourage others to do the same.

Nuveen has numerous firm-wide efforts underway to sustain that culture and interaction with its associates, including affinity groups that provide encouragement and opportunities for women, ethnic minority and LGBTQ+ associates.

Nuveen is the asset manager of TIAA, which was ranked #9 on the 2021 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list.

Insights & Stories


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).

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In this video, employees talked about what is Churchill, how Churchill makes them feel, why do investors trust us, what are they most proud of…

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Awards & Recognition


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