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Sharing Their Vision — Shaping Our Direction

RBC Wealth Management leaders actively support our corporate diversity and inclusion strategy. Nearly 95 percent of our 40 most senior leaders are engaged in efforts to drive the firm's diversity strategy and execution. Engagement involves active executive leadership in the firm's employee resource groups, participation in our diversity growth strategy teams and advisory councils, and involvement in the firm's Diversity Leadership Council. Find out what our top executives have to say about how diversity and inclusion contributes to our success as a business.

An essential part of our corporate character

John Taft
CEO of RBC Wealth Management – U.S.
Executive Sponsor of Proud Individuals for Diversity and Equality (PRIDE) 

“At RBC Wealth Management, diversity and inclusion are a way of life. We also view it as a journey. The profile of an RBC Wealth Management client continues to evolve every day. As a firm, our employee base and our service offering must reflect the evolving needs of our clients.

We’re pleased to note that we made some positive improvements on our diversity journey this past year that includes being named a “Best Places to Work” by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation acheiving a 100 percent rating on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index. These achievements illustrate how we are strengthening our diversity commitment to our employees, our clients and our communities.

I am proud of our employees for their efforts in making diversity an integral part of our culture, and I look forward to our future accomplishments.”


Diversity and inclusion leadership recognition

John Taft was named the “Outstanding Corporate Diversity Leader” in 2010 by the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) at the annual NGLCC Diversity & Leadership in Financial Services Awards. RBC Wealth Management also was awarded the “Excellence in Marketing and Outreach Award” by the NGLCC. In July 2011, the feature article "Authentic Leadership"(opens PDF in new window) appeared in the Profiles in Diversity Journal, highlighting John's personal and professional diversity leadership experiences.


Building bridges to underserved groups

Darryl Traweek
Divisional Director, West/South
Executive Sponsor of Multicultural Employee Alliance

“With ongoing demographic changes happening within the United States, RBC Wealth Management continues to place a high priority on serving diverse communities within the local marketplace and inclusion initiatives serving communities with people of color across the country. Our current efforts will not only help make us stronger and more competitive today, but will also play an important role in our long-term business success."

Everyone making a difference — together

Wanda Brackins
Head of Wealth Management Global Diversity

“Diversity and inclusion at RBC Wealth Management begins with the core belief that all employees deserve to work in an environment with mutual respect that provides them with the opportunity to reach their full potential. By doing so, employees feel appreciated and valued, resulting in greater client satisfaction and sustained long-term growth for the firm. Every year increasingly more employees get involved in helping to achieve our diversity objectives and it is exciting to see the progress that is being made.

The commitment and involvement of our senior-most leaders as diversity champions conveys a clear message that creating and sustaining an inclusive work envinronment embodies every employee. We value the perspectives, opinions, cultures and abilities of every employee and seek to leverage these attributes to help make RBC Wealth Management the best and most competitive financial services firm in the industry.”


Industry leadership in diversity and inclusion

Wanda Brackins was named the 2011 - 2013 chair of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association’s (SIFMA) Diversity Committee.


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 RBC Diversity Blueprint(opens PDFs in a new window)