Diversity and inclusion: Unlock the power of difference

Multi-racial group sitting at a tableWe view diversity and inclusion as strategic advantages At Grant Thornton LLP, we have seen firsthand the power of bringing one’s whole self to work — from different races, ethnicities, gender identities, disabilities (visible and invisible), nationalities, religions, generations, sexual orientations, backgrounds and experiences — and the dynamic and innovative environment that results. Our people thrive personally and professionally because all perspectives are valued and heard. In turn, our inclusive culture enables us to craft creative solutions for ourselves and the clients we serve.

Diverse perspectives aligned under a unified vision translates to our people contributing their best in the office, with our clients and within our communities. Simply put, at Grant Thornton, inclusion is a way of life. It permeates our culture, is embedded in our values and behaviors, attracts diverse talent and is a key enabler as we become the firm of the future.

In keeping with our culture of diversity and inclusion, Grant Thornton’s diversity & inclusion team develops strategies, programs and tools to unlock the power of difference.

Our business resource groups work to fulfill our mission Each of our business resource groups (BRGs) is a team of employees from various service lines, career levels and job functions. BRGs are employee-driven and supported by the Diversity & Inclusion Team to cultivate an inclusive culture, which ultimately benefits our clients and drives our business. They operate at both the national and the local levels.

Joining a BRG is an engaging way to network with colleagues, develop leadership skills and contribute to the firm’s strategic drivers. All employees are invited to join a BRG as an executive sponsor, or a local leader or member — regardless of their personal backgrounds.

African-Americans at Grant Thornton & Allies
African-Americans at Grant Thornton & Allies promotes the recruitment, development, advancement and retention of African-American professionals through collaboration with allies and firm leadership.
Diverse Abilities at Grant Thornton & Allies
Diverse Abilities at Grant Thornton & Allies drives greater awareness of the abilities and potential contributions of people with disabilities within our firm, and with our clients and strategic partners.
Equality GT (LGBTQ+ & Allies)
Equality GT (LGBTQ+ & Allies) creates an inclusive environment that attracts and retains lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer employees, and inspires and empowers them to bring their whole selves to work.
Future Leaders & Allies provides
Future Leaders & Allies provides a collaborative space for individuals from all generations to be developed into the next generation of inclusive leaders.
Latinxs/Hispanics at Grant Thornton & Allies
Latinxs/Hispanics at Grant Thornton & Allies drive firm business by attracting, developing and leveraging the contributions of Latinx/Hispanic practitioners.
Pan-Asians at Grant Thornton & Allies
Pan-Asians at Grant Thornton & Allies empowers Pan-Asian professionals to join with colleagues to build stronger teams across the firm.
Veterans at Grant Thornton & Allies
Veterans at Grant Thornton & Allies drives firm success by attracting, developing and leveraging the leadership experience and skills of veterans.
Women at Grant Thornton & Allies
Women at Grant Thornton & Allies enhances the recruitment, retention and advancement of women into leadership positions.
Working Parents & Allies
Working Parents & Allies focuses on aligning parenting values to workplace expectations including best practices for successful work life integration.

We invest in our people’s development The Diversity & Inclusion Team and firm leaders sponsor employee attendance at nine annual professional development conferences. This investment enables skill-building, networking and technical growth for our people, enabling them to grow their whole selves and better deliver on our promise of distinct client service.

National conferences
Ascend National Convention
Association of Latino Professionals For America National Convention
National Association of Black Accountants Annual Convention
US Business Leadership Network Annual National Conference

Internal Grant Thornton conferences
Inclusive Leadership
Women’s Leadership
LGBTQ+ Leadership
Veterans Leadership
Diverse Abilities Leadership
Diversity & Inclusion Coaching

We are proud to be recognized for our efforts A sampling of recent awards and recognition
National Association for Female Executives : Top Companies for Executive Women
Working Mother Magazine: 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers & Best Companies for Dads
Readers’ Choice Awards: 2019 Top 50 Employers List
Asia Society: Most Innovative Practices in Recruitment and Selection & LGBT Asian Employees
Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index : Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality
Disability:IN and American Association of People with Disabilities Disability Equality Index: Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion
Universum Diversity & Inclusion Index: 2019 Top 50 Global Employers List

We are proud signatories of the CEO Action of Diversity & Inclusion Pledge.

Contact us Rashada WhiteheadRashada Whitehead
Rashada Whitehead is the head of culture and inclusion, leading the teams responsible for developing and implementing Grant Thornton’s firm-wide culture transformation and diversity and inclusion strategies. This includes embedding the firm’s CLEARR values and D&I tenets into our recruiting, training and leadership development programs, as well as management of people engagement and D&I initiatives across the firm. Whitehead brings to Grant Thornton her comprehensive experience in culture transformation, reputation and change management, and strategic communications. Outside of the firm, she is an adjunct professor at Roosevelt University and teaches Cultural Competence for the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing and Liberal Professional Studies.

Jonathan PhilippJonathan Philipp
Diversity & Inclusion Manager Jonathan Philipp is responsible for the execution of the diversity & inclusion strategy. This includes management of the business resource groups, training development, leadership engagement, as well as incorporating diversity & inclusion into our firm policies, recruiting, communications and culture programs. Previously, Philipp managed the business resource groups at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Office of Diversity & Inclusion, wrote the bank’s annual diversity report to Congress, developed and led diversity and inclusion training; and contributed to the creation of the long-term diversity strategy.

Karina SanchezKarina Sanchez
Karina Sanchez, Diversity & Inclusion Senior Associate, is responsible for managing the business resource groups and helping drive diversity & inclusion initiatives across the firm. Previously, Sanchez led the business resource groups, drove D&I culture and communication initiatives at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Outside of Grant Thornton, she volunteers her time to support Latinx professionals via Prospanica Chicago and the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE).

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