Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion
RBC Capital Markets
Headquarters: Toronto, Canada
Industry: Investment Bank
CEO: Derek Neldner
Her Credentials: JD, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law; Bachelor’s degree, University of Maryland College Park
Her Philosophy: Stay solutions oriented. Create practical solutions that will be lasting, touch multiple areas of the business, bring valuable information to the entire organization, and most importantly, always stay focused on driving meaningful change.
RBC Capital Markets CEO Derek Neldner released the company’s first Global Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint in 2020, outlining strategic priorities and specific actions that would be taken over the course of the year to improve assessing and encouraging diversity and inclusion at work. The blueprint included a company- wide survey, the establishment of a Diversity Leadership Council, the introduction of KPIs that leadership would use to measure progress, and mandated diverse hiring practices. Additionally, the company committed to improving representation from Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. This included a $100 million program to be distributed over five years in small business loans to Black entrepreneurs and investing $50 million through RBC Future Launch to create pathways to prosperity for 25,000 BIPOC youth.
RBC has three goals for diversity, inclusion, and equity in 2021, which the company is driving from an enterprise level: enabling equitable opportunities by removing barriers; fostering and strengthening an inclusive culture; and driving systemic change through partnerships and transparency. The organization has committed to driving equity representation at titled officer levels, enabling an inclusive culture to help drive innovation and representation, and becoming recognized as a thought leader on the subject of diversity and inclusion.