Our values — meaningful work and meaningful relationships, independent thinking, and creating an environment where the best ideas win — naturally lead us to embrace diversity and treasure our differences. Given our mission to have the deepest possible understanding of global economies, we seek to find, retain, and grow the best talent across gender identity, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, gained experiences, and more. Unlocking the power of that diversity requires an inclusive environment. We believe that when people are truly included on the mission, they think more deeply about the best answers, and push harder on the toughest problems.
In pursuit of this vision, Bridgewater has a dedicated diversity and inclusion team reporting directly to CEO David McCormick, several affinity groups to empower our diverse communities, and a senior council charged with continuing to make Bridgewater a vibrant, inclusive community.
Steven Kryger, a 10-year veteran of the firm who heads the research team of our founder and co-CIO Ray Dalio and serves as Team Lead, Emerging Markets Research, has been named to the 2020 OUTstanding LGBT+ Executive Role Model List, supported by Yahoo Finance. This award recognizes his efforts to make the workplace more welcoming and inclusive for all, within Bridgewater and beyond.
Our Co-Head of the America’s Region and Senior Advisor on Diversity and Inclusion Alan Bowser joined Black Hedge Fund Professionals Network to discuss Bridgewater’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Alan conveyed how our culture of embracing differences of opinion helps to create a more diverse and inclusive workplace, in addition to describing the work we have ahead of us.
Participating in the “Making Business Better for Everyone” panel at the Financial Times “Women at the Top” Summit, Head of Corporate Engagement Robyn Shepherd discussed with other industry leaders the importance of bringing more men into the conversations on gender equity.
Amidst a national groundswell in conversation about racial injustice, the Bridgewater Black Network and its allies hosted a two-part presentation to educate the Bridgewater community about the experiences that have shaped the lives of our Black colleagues and to briefly illustrate America’s history of systemic racism across several dimensions. With permission from all involved, we are sharing a recording of the event in case individuals or organizations find it useful.