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Inclusion by example

Investing in women is responsible investing


Women are underrepresented in asset management roles, and, the number of women in these roles is declining. Creating opportunities that drive gender equality is not just the right thing to do, it's responsible business. Responsible investing and engagement on issues of inclusion is in our DNA. Through five decades of focus on ESG factors, innovation, and investing in companies with diverse boards and employees, Nuveen is dedicated to creating better outcomes for investors and the planet while simultaneously seeking to change the face of the asset management industry.

In 2017, Nuveen established LEAD (leadership, education, advocacy and development) as an industry affinity organisation to lead the dialogue on gender diversity through networking opportunities, career sponsorships and growth for professional women in the asset management industry. We currently have 650+ members and continue to grow our community.


Stories from some of LEAD's members 

As a founding member of LEAD in Europe and Asia Pacific, I am excited to be part of the development of this organisation globally as we aim to create, promote and sustain an inclusive work environment…

... across our business. Having worked in the real estate industry for over 20 years, I recognise the importance and impact that a diverse workforce has on a business, improving on productivity and the quality of the workplace experience. By creating a community that values individual difference we can share best practices, explore and address any challenges women in the industry face in the workplace and help create an inclusive culture we want and need.”


Claire Tily
Head of Client Services


Professional bio 


I strongly believe that different personalities, ideas and perspectives that come from a truly diverse workforce can bring infinite benefits which is why I am excited… 

… to have taken on the role as Chair of LEAD across Europe & Asia Pacific. By working together to create an inclusive environment, we can help advance women in the asset management industry. Acknowledging the need for greater diversity is a step in the right direction, but it is just the beginning. Nuveen’s support and backing of initiatives such as LEAD is vital and shows that we are committed to driving positive change in the asset management industry.”


Emma Oshodi
Financial Controller, Europe & Asia Pacific


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My school’s motto for the last 150 years has been 'that women in time to come will do much', a little out dated in the era I went to school in, but nonetheless a vision that’s purpose was to empower women...

...to make a profound difference. As a female in the Asia Pacific fund management industry and as a member of LEAD, I get to collaborate with other members and work towards a shared goal of creating an environment where diverse thought, creativity and innovation can flourish. I am also Chair of the Women’s Leadership Initiative for the Urban Land Institute (ULI) in Hong Kong, a global program which aims to support local initiatives helping to promote and increase both the number and visibility of more women leaders throughout the ULI’s vast network. Through both initiatives I get to actively and meaningfully promote gender inclusion in an industry that I love.”


Louise Kavanagh
Managing Director, Real Estate, Asia Pacific


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Working in the industry for just over five years now has shown me that it is still a predominantly male-dominated industry – an inequality that I am passionate about addressing in order to create a level playing field for women in asset management…

…and that is why, as a member of the LEAD committee, I was delighted to be part of the driving force behind the launch of the LEAD initiative in Europe and Asia Pacific in 2018. I am really impressed with the progress we have made so far, and even though I recognise there is still a long way to go on gender equality, I am thrilled to be part of this contribution towards change.”


Jo Chamkani
HR Business Partner, Europe & Asia Pacific


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