Inclusion & Diversity

We believe that inclusion and diversity are fundamentally important to who we are as a firm—as well as catalysts for success and innovation in everything we do.  

 

Mission Statement

We pride ourselves on our empathetic and collaborative culture, where the power of diversity is harnessed to transform the status quo. Our focus on inclusion expands our thinking in order to generate better outcomes for clients, while striving to increase fairness and equity for our colleagues. Cowen’s vision of creating a more inclusive and equitable future is supported by our core values and is essential to our ability to outperform. 

Inclusion and Diversity is a business imperative, built upon our core values – that enables us to excel and outperform.

Read Jeffrey Solomon’s, Cowen Chair & CEO, statement on Equity and Fairness

“If you are not actively including, you may be accidentally excluding.” – Ripa Rashid, Cowen Head of Inclusion & Diversity.  Learn more about Ripa Rashid

Talent

At Cowen, we strive to attract the best and brightest talent— people who are engaged, motivated, and deeply aligned with our core values of Vision, Empathy, Sustainability, and Teamwork.

Culture

Inclusion and diversity (I&D) are the cornerstone of our empathetic and collaborative culture. Our commitment to I&D fundamentally defines who we are as a firm. Inclusion truly is about all of us—so that every colleague feels valued and can thrive.

Community

At Cowen, we’re committed to using our influence to create positive social change. As a 100-year-old firm, we want to be a force for progress within the financial services industry to become increasingly diverse in terms of both employment opportunities and access to capital.

Talent

At Cowen, we strive to attract the best and brightest talent— people who are engaged, motivated, and deeply aligned with our core values of Vision, Empathy, Sustainability, and Teamwork.

Creative business people working on business project in office

Culture

Inclusion and diversity (I&D) are the cornerstone of our empathetic and collaborative culture. Our commitment to I&D fundamentally defines who we are as a firm. Inclusion truly is about all of us—so that every colleague feels valued and can thrive.

Community

At Cowen, we’re committed to using our influence to create positive social change. As a 100-year-old firm, we want to be a force for progress within the financial services industry to become increasingly diverse in terms of both employment opportunities and access to capital.

Talent

Talent

Cowen is proud of its empathetic and collaborative culture, where the power of diversity lies at the heart of our ability to outperform. We are always striving to tap a rich variety of differing perspectives and experiences in order to foster a more diverse and equitable culture. Inclusion and diversity touch every colleague—and at every stage of their careers.

Inclusive Recruiting

Our inclusive recruiting policy allows us to attract the best and brightest across the full talent spectrum ― executive-level hires, mid-career hires, and those just starting out

Cowen-Led Initiatives

Cowen hosts targeted initiatives to attract diverse talent, including Women Who Outperform, our flagship program to recruit ambitious undergraduate women interested in finance

    • Invest In Success – Cowen provides a unique opportunity for college juniors to explore the varied career possibilities within investment banking while experiencing the innovative and collaborative culture of Cowen.
    • Women Who Outperform – Cowen’s invitation only event offers undergrad female students a chance to network with Cowen leaders and exceptional women across the Investment Banking, Investment Management, Markets and Equity Research businesses.
Partnerships

We partner with leading organizations to build an inclusive talent pool. A leading example is our partnership with Jackie Robinson Foundation, for which Cowen sponsors a scholar’s college education as well as their participation in one of the nation’s premier leadership development programs focused on underrepresented minorities

Mentoring & Sponsorship

We are big believers in the power of mentoring and sponsorship to help diverse talent meet their full potential. Cowen is committed to learning and development as an ongoing practice that doesn’t end after the first year but follows employees throughout their careers.

Learn more about careers & job opportunities at Cowen

Culture

Culture

Cowen is committed to a culture of inclusion that enables all employees across the talent spectrum to transform the status quo and deliver excellence. Each day, we bring the best of what we each have to offer—for our clients, for our colleagues, and for the communities we serve.

Internal Employee Resource Groups and Forums

Cowen’s employee resource groups and forums allow employees to derive a strong sense of identity from a community of colleagues with shared interests. This feeling of belonging contributes to an inclusive environment that allows all employees to thrive.

    • Asian Cowen Network
    • Cowen Black Network
    • Cowen NOW (Network of Women)
    • Cowen OUTperformers
    • Unidos at Cowen
    • Volunteer Forum
CEO-Led Leadership Roundtables

Cowen’s CEO Jeff Solomon regularly hosts well-attended conversations for all colleagues featuring diverse thought leaders as well as diversity subject matter experts.

“Inclusion Circles” & Employee Listening Sessions

Open to all employees, Cowen’s inclusion circles and employee listening sessions offer a safe space for employees to learn, share, and hear from their colleagues on current trends and top-of-mind themes around diversity and inclusion.

Heritage & Awareness Month Programming

In recognition of Heritage Months, Cowen hosts a series of events and activities that help elevate the voices of those communities being celebrated, including leadership roundtables and inclusion circles. We empower colleagues to come together around events that showcase the power of inclusion and diversity.

Learn more about Cowen Culture & Benefits 

Community

Community

In everything we do, we advocate for greater equity, fairness, and sustainability—including through our corporate social responsibility (CSR) program and our focus on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing. We continuously strive to advance inclusion within Cowen and in partnership with our colleagues, clients, and communities.

Strategic Partnerships

Cowen partners with a range of leading organizations in the inclusion and diversity space for the purposes of thought leadership and best practices sharing.

Philanthropic Partnerships

Cowen does well in order to do good. Our success allows us to give back to our community and participate in strategic giving through world-class organizations using an inclusion and diversity lens.

Learn more about Cowen Cares

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