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Diversity and Inclusion

 
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Our Approach

Fostering and supporting a globally diverse and inclusive workforce is a fundamental strength of Northern Trust that helps us succeed as a business enterprise and community advocate.

Northern Trust People - A Diversified Portfolio
The quality of all Northern Trust partners, performing as individuals and working together as teams, clearly distinguishes us from our competition. A diversified workforce is one of our strongest assets to best serve our clients, investors, public and company.

Employer of Choice
Northern Trust is an equal opportunity employer. We aim for excellence in our efforts to recruit, develop and deploy the highest caliber workforce. Our commitment and success to a diverse workforce is evident in employee satisfaction and industry acknowledgment.

Northern Trust has been recognized as a top employer from: Working Mother magazine, Black Enterprise magazine, Diversity Edge magazine, Diversity MBA magazine, Latina Style magazine, National Association of Female Executives, and The Corporate Equality Index to name a few. View our complete list of Recognitions.

Practices and Principles of Commitment
Northern Trust has an absolute commitment to capitalizing on the strengths of individual differences across its diverse workforce:

Our Director of Global Diversity & Inclusion, a senior executive position, ensures progressiveness in our programs, training and policies with support of diversity councils.

Our annual Chairman's Diversity Advocate Award Program recognizes employees who champion and make contributions to our diversity efforts.

Widespread Diversity at Work training continuously improves the abilities of work groups to value their people and all of their contributions.

Global alignment and involvement through Business Resource Councils:

  • Advancing Professionals Resource Council
  • Asian Leadership Business Resource Council
  • Black Business Resource Council
  • Disability Business Resource Council
  • Experienced Professionals Business Resource Council
  • Latin Heritage Leadership Council
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Business Resource Council
  • Military Appreciation and Assistance Resource Council
  • Women in Leadership Business Resource Council
  • Working Families Business Resource Council
Connie Lindsey

Connie Lindsey

Head of Corporate Social Responsibility
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Connie Lindsey

Connie Lindsey

Head of Corporate Social Responsibility
 

Connie L. Lindsey is Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Diversity & Inclusion at Northern Trust, Chicago. She is responsible for the design and implementation of the global Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Diversity and Inclusion strategy for Northern Trust and the development of goals, policies, and programs appropriate to the brand and business unit strategies. In addition, Ms. Lindsey provides oversight and leadership to the firm’s response to environmental matters as well as social issues, within the marketplace, workplace, and the community.

Prior to becoming the Head of CSR, Ms. Lindsey led the client servicing teams in the Public Entities and Institutions segment in the Corporate & Institutional Services business, serving public fund and not-for-profit clients. Over the course of her 20-year Northern Trust career, she has held a number of leadership roles, including Deputy Business Head in Operations and Technology, Group Head in Northern Trust’s Wealth Management business, Director of Enterprise Relationship Management, and Manager in Treasury Management Consulting and Product Management and holds the Certified Treasury Professional designation.

Ms. Lindsey is National Board President of Girl Scouts of the USA, the highest-ranking volunteer of this 3.4 million-member organization. Ms. Lindsey joined the Girl Scouts board in 2005 and was elected National Board President in 2008 for a three-year term. She was re-elected to the role of National Board President at the 2011 convention for another three-year term. In this role she has provided guidance in three vital areas—policy, fund-raising, and leadership. Connie is an integral part of the Girl Scout transformation, committed to building and sustaining membership growth and ensuring girls receive a premier leadership development experience. She is a Delegate for Vision 2020, a national project focused on advancing gender equality by energizing the dialogue about women and leadership.

Ms. Lindsey is a founding member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Green Schools, a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, Friends of Prentice Women’s Board member at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, member of the Executive Leadership Council, member of the Executives' Club of Chicago, and the Board of Governors of the Metropolitan Club of Chicago. She is a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow in the class of 2001, a former board member of the Joffrey Ballet, Women Employed, and Inroads, Inc. Ms. Lindsey attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she majored in finance and has completed the Harvard Business School Executive Education Corporate Social Responsibility program. She is a public and motivational speaker on topics of diversity and inclusion, corporate responsibility, leadership, and personal and professional empowerment.

Ms. Lindsey has been profiled on national television on PBS’ 30GoodMinutes and ABC’s Heart and Soul. She has been recognized for her leadership professionally and in the community by the National Diversity Council’s Most Powerful and Influential Women Award, Women’s Bar Association of Illinois-Advocacy Award, N’Digo Corporate Leadership Award, Ebony Magazine’s 2009 Power 150, Chicago United’s Business Leaders of Color award, Alpha Kappa Alpha Women Changing the World Award, Life Directions-Guiding Light Award, and the Chicago Defender Women of Excellence Award. In 2011 Ms. Lindsey was honored with the Spirit of Achievement award by Loretto Hospital Foundation. She was the first woman to receive the award in its eight year history. The recognition established the Connie L. Lindsey, Cancer Resource Center at Loretto Hospital in Chicago. She is a recipient of Northern Trust’s Chairman’s Diversity Award and Volunteer of the Year Award; she is an Inroads, Inc. Alumna and has been inducted into the Inroads Alumni Hall of Fame.

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2012 Corporate Social Responsibility Report

 
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