OUR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION
Johnson Asset Management is committed to creating and maintaining a workplace of collaboration, through recognizing the unique contributions of a diverse workforce. Regardless of the diverse nature of each employee’s background; it is our unifying passion for improving people’s lives that is not only embedded in our core purpose and values, but in every individual employee.
We believe in building, developing, and retaining diverse talent and fostering a connected culture within a welcoming, inclusive, and equitable environment. We believe that having varied perspectives helps generate better ideas to solve complex challenges. We know through experience that different ideas, perspectives, and backgrounds create a stronger and more creative work environment that delivers better results for our clients.
We are invested in moving our company and industry forward to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are intentionally building programs and best practices into the business strategies of the firm that will help us reach our goals.
Our Human Resources Department works to ensure we have diverse candidates for open positions. We partner with local and regional universities to recruit diverse students for internships and employment and engage recruiters who specialize in attracting diverse candidates.
Regularly gathering input from cross-sectional groups of employees is one way to measure progress. Focus group meetings create opportunities to share ideas, perspectives, and recommendations on our DEI policies and initiatives.
A formal mentoring program for our diverse professionals initiates relationship-building with new employees from the onset. Thoughtfully selected mentor/mentee pairings ensure a quality experience, allyship, and personal and professional development of both participants.
We ensure our evaluation, compensation, and promotion practices are free from bias or discrimination. Each employee participates in the creation of a Personal Development Plan (PDP) with detailed steps and a defined career path. Our professionals receive coaching from their supervisor via a tangible coaching matrix including personal and professional development relevant to their role.
Firm-wide training is provided on topics such as implicit bias, cultural competency, and inclusive leadership. This ongoing training is critical for attracting, retaining, and developing a diverse workforce and creating an inclusive workplace.
Focused initiatives for women help guide progress. Our Internal Women’s Initiative (IWI) is dedicated to supporting female employees with professional and personal development programs, as well as events and activities to strengthen connections with women across all locations of the firm. Our External Women’s Initiative (EWI) hosts events and educational webinars and is centered on drawing female clients and employees to the firm, as well as engaging with female community and business leaders. Both the IWI and EWI conduct regular surveys, providing feedback that helps identify future goals.
Regularly measuring progress keeps us aligned with our goals. This involves holding each other accountable, keeping open lines of communication, and being transparent across our employee base. We are committed to improving our diversity in ownership, leadership, professional roles, and the overall firm. Regular surveys of all employees are used to gauge the impact of our DEI initiatives.
We are dedicated to supporting organizations that champion underrepresented groups. Of our employees, 80% volunteer across 175 organizations, serving on over 140 boards and advisory committees throughout the community. We specifically dedicate a portion of our sponsorship budget to causes supporting women and underserved populations.
Our mission to deliver peace of mind through trusted counsel, exemplary service, and a genuine heart to serve has guided our firm since 1965. This mindset of authentically caring about people is also what guides our work today on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe that if we remain steadfast and open, we will move our firm and industry forward.