Committed to Diversity

At the Bridgespan Group we are committed to diversity and inclusion because we are passionate about helping our clients achieve breakthrough results. An organization that reflects the diversity of our clients and their beneficiaries will produce deeper relationships, engagement, and insights.

We believe:

Diversity contributes to better solutions.

We generate better solutions to the complex challenges that nonprofits and philanthropies face when we invite and include different voices, experiences, and talents in our organization.

Diversity matters to our clients.

It is deeply intertwined with social change, and the diversity of our team therefore influences how clients view us. Diverse teams build stronger relationships with broader constituencies.

Including diverse voices aligns with our values.

Each member of our team believes his or her unique background and perspective are valued and applicable to our work.

For more information, please contact us at [email protected].

Racial Equity at Bridgespan

Core to Bridgespan’s theory of change is the desire to work towards a society characterized by equality of opportunity and justice around the world. Through our work, we confront structural discrimination and inequity, and we are particularly committed to engaging more deeply on issues of racial equity in the United States. We believe Bridgespan can increase its impact by becoming an organization at which all staff and management understand the role of race and racism and how they intersect with our work, and feel equipped to apply this understanding to our engagements and organizational culture.

The Racial Equity Working Group (REWG) supports our organization’s culture by promoting a racial equity mindset within Bridgespan, both internally and in our work with others. The REWG supports all staff on the journey of expanding their knowledge and improving our ability to discuss issues of race and racism.

The REWG:
  • Builds awareness of the ways that race and racial equity play out in key areas of our work through brown bags, guest speakers, and other opportunities
  • Builds a community of practice among staff to study, analyze, and discuss issues of race and racism in a safe and productive environment
  • Provides role models who demonstrate how to have productive conversations and build conscious community around issues of race and equity
  • Keeps a pulse on potential opportunities or barriers to developing a racial equity mindset in each office
  • Collaborates with leadership to define Bridgespan’s core beliefs surrounding racial equity
  • Supports recruiting and retention of individuals who can contribute to our community of practice
  • Provides space for staff to grieve and process relevant current events

For more information, please contact Associate Director of Diversity and Inclusion RaĆ«l Nelson James at [email protected].

Working at Bridgespan

We monitor our diversity along the lines of gender, sexual orientation, race, and ethnicity, and are committed to creating an organizatoin that reflects the diversity of the nation and the clients we serve. We are proud of our track record and always strive to improve. A few highlights include:

  • 100-percent score on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index for the best places to work for LGBT individuals;
  • Affinity groups for Asian, Pacific Islander, and Middle Eastern staff; Black/African American staff; Latinx/Hispanic staff; LGBT staff; and, we have active members of these affinity groups in each of Bridgespan's offices and at all levels of the firm;
  • A voluntary, 10-week program known as Diversity Dialogues, which invites staff from all levels to talk about issues of diversity and how diversity impacts their personal and professional lives; and
  • An advisory group of senior leaders and Black and Latinx staff to ensure our practices and processes foster diversity and inclusion.

API: Asian/Asian-American Pacific Islander Affinity Group

API supports the experience and retention of Asians, Asian-Americans, and Pacific Islanders at Bridgespan through community building, opportunities for mentorship, and partnership with the firm’s other affinity groups.

For more information, please contact us at [email protected].

BABs: Blacks at Bridgespan and Bain

BABs mission is to support the recruitment, retention, and development of Black/African American staff members at Bridgespan.
BABs:

  • Recruits and supports high potential Black candidates in the hiring process;
  • Holds local office and cross office events to foster connection within the group and with the broader office;
  • Provides a cross-office mentor program to support staff retention and development;
  • Holds a periodic conference with BABs members from Bain and Bridgespan to foster connections, share best practices, review our progress, and set our priorities; and
  • Communicates with Bain and Bridgespan leadership to advise them on policies to ensure an inclusive work environment.

For more information, please contact us at [email protected].

BGLAD: Bain and Bridgespan Gay and Lesbian Association for Diversity

The mission of BGLAD is to support the recruitment and retention of talented gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender colleagues at Bain and Bridgespan.
BGLAD:

  • Recruits and supports high potential LGBT candidates in the hiring process;
  • Holds local office and cross office events to foster connection within the group and with the broader office;
  • Provides a cross-office mentor program to support staff retention and development;
  • Holds a periodic conference with BGLAD members from Bain and Bridgespan to foster connections, share best practices, review our progress, and set our priorities;
  • Communicates with Bain and Bridgespan leadership to advise them on LGBT policies and ensure a comfortable work environment; and
  • Promotes overall awareness of LGBT issues across our organization.

We have active members of BGLAD in each of Bridgespan's three offices and at all levels of the firm. For more information, please contact us at [email protected].

LATBA: Latinos at Bridgespan and Bain

LATBA's mission is to support the recruitment, retention, and development of Latino/Hispanic staff members at Bridgespan.
LATBA:

  • Recruits and supports high potential Latino candidates in the hiring process;
  • Holds local office and cross office events to foster connection within the group and with the broader office;
  • Provides a cross-office mentor program to support staff retention and development;
  • Holds a periodic conference with LATBA members from Bain and Bridgespan to foster connections, share best practices, review our progress, and set our priorities; and
  • Communicates with Bain and Bridgespan leadership to advise them on policies to ensure an inclusive work environment.

For more information, please contact us at [email protected].

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