BY TNJ STAFF
The Financial Services Pipeline Initiative appointed John W. Rogers, Chairman and CEO of Ariel Investments, co-chair and ambassador for the CEO Leadership Council.
In his new role, which he will share with Matt Feldman, President and CEO, Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, Rogers will provide strategic oversight to the initiative’s programming and fundraising. He will also work alongside industry leaders from a collective of approximately 19 financial institutions to manage the initiative and push forward the FSP’s goal of increasing the pipeline of African-American and Latino talent in Chicago’s financial services industry.
“My goal for the FSP beyond just increasing minority representation in the [financial services] industry is to help create wealth-building opportunities within the African-American and Latino communities,” said Rogers. “By focusing on retention and attrition, we can help to prepare the next generation of C-suite leaders and entrepreneurs who will go on to employ more people who look like them.”
A well-known leader in the Chicago business community, Rogers leads Ariel Investments, LLC, a company that manages key investment portfolios from around the country, and sits on the corporate boards of Exelon, McDonald’s, and the Board of Directors for the Barack Obama Foundation. A frequent speaker on the importance of diversity and inclusion in the financial services industry, Rogers earned his bachelor’s in Economics from Princeton University where he also was awarded the University’s highest honor, the Woodrow Wilson Award for his commitment to service leadership.