New York, NY, October 23, 2012 – Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. (“BBH”) announced today that it was selected as a winner of the Emerging Leadership Diversity award from the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA).

BBH’s winning entry, “Possibility Thinking”, is a series of lectures for firm leaders designed to broaden their viewpoint on various types of diversity. The lectures feature best-in-class speakers who present thought leadership on contemporary, strategic issues, with a focus on outcomes of diverse perspectives. Selected topics include unconscious bias, cultural differences, and generational experiences.

BBH’s diversity strategy is designed to cultivate an environment that encourages debate and diversity of views. The series has succeeded in demonstrating the value of diversity to innovation in addition to generating discussion and reflection on various diversity topics. Managers are given the opportunity to learn from experts as well as each other, and leave the sessions with new perspectives and a greater understanding of issues related to diversity.

“At BBH, the diversity of our people is one of our greatest strengths. We must continue to attract and retain employees who provide diverse perspectives if we are to improve our service to clients and develop new and innovative products. The BBH Possibility Thinking series helps us create an environment that welcomes a diverse group of employees and encourages everyone to contribute to their fullest potential,” said Digger Donahue, BBH Managing Partner.

About Brown Brothers Harriman

BBH is a privately-held financial institution that has been a thought leader and solutions provider for nearly 200 years. The firm serves high-net-worth individuals and leading institutions in its five business lines: Corporate Banking, Investment Management, Investor Services, M&A Advisory and Wealth Management. BBH’s culture of accountability fosters deep and lasting relationships built on commitment, adaptability and trust. The company is independent, selective and specialized by design.

BBH operates a global business with seventeen locations, including New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Charlotte, Chicago, Denver, Jersey City, Wilmington, London, Dublin, Luxembourg, Krakow, Zürich, Grand Cayman, Hong Kong, Beijing and Tokyo.

BBH is a registered service mark of Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. in the United States and other countries.

About the Awards

SIFMA sponsors an annual awards program to recognize excellence in diversity leadership amongst its member firms. Firms are invited to submit applications for awards in 4 categories – Emerging Leadership, Innovative Leadership, Sustained Leadership, and Individual/Team Leadership. BBH shared the award for Emerging Leadership with Hilliard Lyons. Other winning entries were submitted by JPMorgan Chase, (Team Leadership) Edward Jones (Sustained Leadership) and Legg Mason (Innovative Leadership).


The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) brings together the shared interests of hundreds of securities firms, banks and asset managers. SIFMA's mission is to support a strong financial industry, investor opportunity, capital formation, job creation and economic growth, while building trust and confidence in the financial markets. SIFMA, with offices in New York and Washington, D.C., is the U.S. regional member of the Global Financial Markets Association (GFMA). For more information, visit