GTL Foundation Board of Trustees Formed to Lead Program Expansion

With preparations for the tenth program year of Gateway to Leadership (GTL) – MMI’s workplace diversity initiative – now under way for the summer of 2016, MMI is pleased to announce two exciting program developments.

First, MMI established a new GTL Foundation Board of Trustees last Fall to oversee and govern the administration of the program, review and approve the program’s long-term strategy, and monitor its short-term activities. The nine individuals named as Trustees of the Foundation are:
John Coyne, Vice Chairman, Brinker Capital, Chairman of the GTL Foundation Board
Andrea Lisher, Head of North America Global Funds, JP Morgan
Jac McLean, Head of Distribution, Hartford Funds
Cheryl Nash, President, Fiserv Investment Services
Vincent Pandes, Partner, Neosho Capital LLC
Craig Pfeiffer, President & CEO, MMI
George Raffa, National Sales Manager, Raymond James
Mark Spina, Head of US Intermediary Distribution, Pioneer Investments
Sean Walters, Executive Director & CEO, IMCA

Second, at the top of the Board’s 2016 agenda are plans to expand the recruiting base of the program beyond Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to reach other groups of aspiring individuals who may not otherwise have a natural career path into the financial services industry. The expanded mandate includes, but is not limited to, African Americans, Hispanics, women and students from less recognized universities. The expansion is intended to provide more internship opportunities for worthy candidates and to afford member firms with a larger, more diverse pool of talented potential employees. MMI looks forward to working with the members of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees to expand the mission and reach of this groundbreaking program.

For more information about hosting interns at your firm during the summer of 2016 or supporting the program in another way, please download the 2015-2016 GTL Sponsor Packet or email gateway@mminst.org for more information.

Since its founding in 2007, the GTL program, a 501c3 organization, has placed more than 160 students from HBCUs at 34 MMI firms for eight-week summer internships. The GTL program is managed by the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) and is sponsored by MMI and its member firms.