The Robert Toigo Foundation

Thought Leadership

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A core part of the Foundation’s work centers on its partnership with industry. Through various thought leadership initiatives, Toigo is able to provide its donors (and the industry at large) with valuable insights into issues relating to diverse talent.

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Building a More Inclusive Entrepreneurial System

The venture capital industry sees diversity as an important issue and is starting to deal with it, says NVCA's Diversity Task Force in its first report.

"This is the opening of the discussion. But what I think is gratifying is people recognize its importance." - Venky Ganesan, chairman of the NVCA board.

Toigo is a proud partner of the NVCA.

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Toigo’s unique perspective in the marketplace anchored this in-depth analysis of the absence of diversity within the asset management sector. Several Toigo alumni and board members are featured.

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The Magic of Mentorship

Whether entering the business world, ascending the ladder, or capping a successful career, everyone benefits from mentoring. Organizations now increasingly focus on the strategic value of mentoring for nurturing and retaining effective professionals and on what makes successful mentoring relationships.

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Strategies to Capitalize on the Value of a Diverse Workforce. A new IRR: Institutional Return on Recruitment and Retention

Strategies to Capitalize on the Value of a Diverse Workforce. A new IRR: Institutional Return on Recruitment and Retention

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A Conversation with Nancy Sims

As featured in May 2012 Institutional Real Estate Letter.

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Leading Indicators: Banking Fellowships – Insights for Leveraging the True Value

This 2010 Leading Indicators pulse survey provides insights to investment banking firms about how banking fellowships are perceived by today’s MBA.

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Leading Indicators | Futures & Options

Facing an uncertain industry environment, many within the finance industry are reassessing their career options and future choices. In Toigo’s PULSE survey, many minority finance professionals expressed a strong interest in exploring non-traditional finance career paths. This shift means that once markets rebalance and hiring is again on the agenda, institutions and individuals alike will find a dramatically different landscape. Learn more about the findings and the implications in Toigo’s Leading Indicators thought leadership piece.

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Congressional Testimony

Toigo’s president Nancy Sims provided testimony before Congress on issues relating to diversity and retention of minority professionals within the field of finance. Sims offers insights into ways firms recruit and retain talented minority professionals, including the effectiveness of mentoring, performance management and other programs intended to help professionals succeed within the industry. The 2008 hearings were called in response to the 2006 publication of the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s (US GAO) report.

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Retention Returns: Insights for More Effective Diversity Initiatives

The thought leadership report provides finance firms with insights regarding their diversity recruitment and retention efforts. Conducted in collaboration with Heidrick & Struggles, Retention Returns sparked an ongoing dialogue within industry. A series of client forums examining the findings included participation of Toigo Fellows offering first-hand perspectives.

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Achieving Market Share Growth Through Investment Consulting Relationships

The Toigo study identified opportunities and challenges faced by minority-owned investment firms and developing investment managers as they work to increase their market share of institutional assets under management.

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