Acadian in the Community

Community Meets Sustainability for Acadian UK

August 28, 2023


Community meets sustainability meets team-building for Acadian UK! Last week, members of our London team visited The Grahame Park Loop, a community reuse hub that collects, repairs, upcycles and sells unique, reasonably priced furniture and other household goods. During their time, the team created materials for a community awareness event, helped prepare goods for the charity’s fundraising sale, and reupholstered chairs for resale to the community.


UNCF Lighted Pathways: 2nd Summer Closes

August 8, 2023


As our second summer as a UNCF Lighted Pathways partner comes to a close, we are grateful for the opportunity to be part of this wonderful program. To our Lighted Pathways intern Destinee Howard, thank you for spending your summer with Acadian – it was a joy to see you apply your talents to contribute meaningfully in numerous ways, and we hope you enjoyed your time here as much as we did. We can’t wait to see what you will do next! See below for some highlights from last week’s closing activities and to learn more about UNCF Lighted Pathways and its mission to attract and expand Black talent in the asset management industry.


La Vida Scholars' Annual College Reveal

July 14, 2023


Earlier this summer, we had the pleasure of hosting La Vida Scholars' annual College Reveal event at our Boston office. We welcomed over 50 scholars for an evening dedicated to celebrating all they have accomplished and everything they have to look forward to as they prepare to begin their higher education journeys this fall. We are delighted to be a part of this mission to expand higher-ed access and advance education equity, and we wish the La Vida Scholars Class of ’23 all the best in their college careers!


Acadian Singapore at Youth Guidance Outreach Services

July 12, 2023


Acadian Singapore recently joined 40 youths and volunteers at YGOS - Youth Guidance Outreach Services Ang Mo Kio Centre, sharing insights on financial literacy and enjoying time with students from diverse backgrounds over games and food. We know that positively engaged youths will shape our future for the better, and we’d like to thank YGOS and Soristic – we’re honored to be part of the important work you do for the community. Read More.


Acadian Celebrates Pride Month

June 26, 2022


Last week, members of the Acadian team came together to celebrate diversity, unity, and strength in honor of Pride. Thank you to those who joined us to show their support of the LGBTQ+ community. Acadian wishes everyone a happy Pride Month! 

18th annual Scores Cup

June 22, 2023


Earlier this month, we joined dozens of teams from other local companies at Gillette Stadium for a day of friendly competition at the 18th annual Scores Cup hosted by Boston Scores. We were proud to participate in this event, raising critical funds to support inner-city students and close the opportunity gap through out-of-classroom enrichment and athletic programs. Link below to read more about this fantastic mission. Learn More


Welcome to Boston, UNCF Lighted Pathways Scholars!

June 8, 2023


We are thrilled to be a host company for a second summer, supporting the program mission to attract, develop, and retain Black talent in the asset management industry. We are especially grateful to have been matched with our remarkable intern, Destinee Howard. It’s going to be a great summer ahead! Read More.


Acadian Celebrates AAPI Heritage Month

May 11, 2023


As we celebrate #AAPIHeritageMonth, we wanted to highlight our recent event with AAAIM. This was our first opportunity to host AAAIM for a Boston Chapter event, and we couldn't be more pleased by the discussion, networking, and opportunity to connect talented investment professionals in the Boston area. Link below to learn more about AAAIM and its mission to increase diversity and inclusion in the investment management industry and serve as a powerful voice for the AAPI community.


Financial Literacy Month with Women's Money Matters

April 18, 2023


April is financial literacy month! What better time to spotlight a local organization that Acadian has been proud to support for many years, Women's Money Matters. In the article, Executive Director Danielle Piskadlo shares more about the mission of the group, and why their work is so critically important to women living on the economic margins.


Women’s Brunch and Service Project

April 3, 2023


We concluded our celebration of #WomensHistoryMonth last week by participating in the inaugural Women’s Brunch and Service Project sponsored by The Wonderfund. This event helped ensure that the 10,000 girls currently involved with the Department of Children and Families have basic self-care essentials, and we were honored to be a part of it.


Welcome, Boston Public School Students

March 31, 2023


This week, we were thrilled to welcome young women from the Henderson Upper Inclusion School in Dorchester for a day of immersive learning. Students heard about careers in the asset management industry from women at Acadian, explored investing 101 with our team, toured our space, and asked lots of phenomenal questions. We are grateful to have spent the day with this remarkable group and for the chance to share more about our industry and our firm.


Women's Money Matters

March 30, 2023


Proud of our work with Women's Money Matters, Acadian's longtime community partner. It's a privilege to support the critical work they do to empower low-income women in the Boston area with financial literacy and 1:1 coaching, providing them with tools to make meaningful, long-term changes for themselves, their families, and their communities. Read More.


Women’s History Month: Acadian Australia CEO Gillian Savage

March 9, 2023


Acadian Australia CEO Gillian Savage was quoted in an InvestorDaily article on #InternationalWomensDay this week. The piece featured women leaders of industry sharing thoughts on how we can continue to #EmbraceEquity and address well known representation gaps. Click here to read the article.


Happy International Women's Day

March 8, 2023


Happy #InternationalWomensDay! As we continue to celebrate #WomensHistoryMonth, we thought it might be interesting to look beyond some of the more well documented structural barriers (gender bias, gender roles, power dynamics) for women in the workplace. Chief Marketing Officer Kelly Young, CFA, CAIA tackles this subject from a different angle, examining some of the psychological influences which may be at work – both intrinsic and learned. Stay tuned for Kelly’s full piece.


Acadian Hosts UNCF Lighted Pathways

February 28, 2023


As we conclude Black History Month, we were thrilled to host our fellow UNCF Lighted Pathways partners for an important dialogue this morning. Thank you to the dozens of you who braved the Boston elements to join us in person for this event and to everyone who joined virtually!

We welcomed Shelley Stewart, who shared research from the McKinsey Institute for Black Economic Mobility on the systemic barriers around economic development in Black communities, as well as actions and opportunities to address them. We were then joined by industry professionals for a panel discussion on representation in asset management, personal career experiences, and the importance of translating awareness into action. Thank you to Clifton Hill, Keon T. Holmes, CFA, Richard Pope, CFA, Cynthia Roberts for your insights and for emphasizing how the work we do today to develop underrepresented talent can lead to longer-term, transformational change in our industry.


Visit to Embrace Monument

February 16, 2023


Earlier this week, members of the Acadian team visited the recently unveiled ‘Embrace’ monument at 1965 Freedom Plaza on Boston Common, honoring the lives of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King. It was an opportunity to experience this striking remembrance firsthand and encourage a conversation about how we as an organization can participate meaningfully in Black History Month.


New Pipeline Partner

January 4, 2023


We're excited to announce a new DEI talent partner in this new year. Thank you hellohive, we're excited to join your mission!


Annual Evening Expedition Gala for Thompson Island Outward Bound

November 16, 2022


We were thrilled to sponsor and attend last week’s annual Evening Expedition Gala for Thompson Island Outward Bound, joining other community partners in an evening of celebration and support. This program is instrumental in bringing experiential education to students from Boston's most under-resourced communities through hands-on learning and outdoor adventure, and we are proud to be a longtime supporter of their mission. 


Acadian's Halloween Pet Family 

October 31, 2022


Wishing a safe and fun Halloween to those who are celebrating. The Acadian pet family is ready for the festivities!


Acadian host an Ellevate Network Event

September 30, 2022


We were delighted to host an Ellevate Network event onsite this week. Acadian welcomed professionals from around the city and across industries to support relationship-building and women's career development here in Boston. 


Thompson Island Outward Bound

September 16, 2022


Thank you to our friends at Thompson Island Outward Bound for having us out to the island yesterday! It was a perfect day to enjoy some time with colleagues and do our small part in keeping the island beautiful. We are proud to be a longstanding supporter of Thompson Island’s immersive, science-based educational programming for Boston Public School students.


Women’s Equality Day 

August 26, 2022


Today we celebrate Women’s Equality Day – commemorating the passage of the 19th Amendment and calling for continued progress toward full equality for women in all facets of our society. Members of the Acadian team marked the occasion by attending this week’s Pathways for Women Conference sponsored by CalPERS, where discussions centered on inspiring and advancing career growth for women in a wide range of industries.


CEO Action Anniversary

August 11, 2022


One year ago, we made the decision to join CEO Action and its 2,200+ signatories working to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. We continue to take action and remain committed to this critical work through a strategy centered on accountability, transparency, and progress toward our workforce diversity goals and programming. 


UNCF Lighted Pathways interns for a special night at Fenway

July 28, 2022


This week, members of Acadian’s team joined other host companies and the UNCF Lighted Pathways interns for a special night at Fenway. As the interns’ time in Boston draws to a close, it was wonderful to come together and celebrate the program’s inaugural summer. We are grateful to be a part of Lighted Pathways and its mission to address the disparity of black talent in asset management.


UNCF Lighted Pathways Leadership & Networking Summer Social

July 15, 2022


It was a pleasure to join Breckinridge Capital Advisors and Geode Capital Management for the UNCF Lighted Pathways Leadership & Networking Summer Social earlier this week. Acadian’s Chief Investment Officer Brendan Bradley joined leaders from other UNCF partners and the Lighted Pathways summer intern class for an evening of conversation focused on professional development, career opportunities in asset management, and how this talented group of students can play a role in the future of the industry.


Acadian Celebrates Pride Month!

June 21, 2022


Members of the Acadian team recently came together to celebrate Pride month with an evening of fun in support of the LGBTQ+ community. Thank you to all who attended. We wish our colleagues and community a happy Pride month and commit to continuing our work on acceptance, awareness, and allyship.


UNCF Lighted Pathways

June 13, 2022


We were thrilled to attend last week’s Partners Reception welcoming the UNCF Lighted Pathways interns to Boston for the summer! The Lighted Pathways program aims to increase representation of Black investment professionals in our industry, one opportunity at a time. We are honored to participate, joining approximately 30 top asset management and life sciences firms in Boston as a host partner. Welcome to Acadian, Nevaeh Eggleston!


Inauguration of New England Summit for CEO Action

June 03, 2022


This week, Acadian’s Director of Diversity & Inclusion Rebecca Rosen hosted the inaugural New England Summit for CEO Action, welcoming #DEI leaders from organizations across the region for a discussion on best practices, how to define and measure progress, and the importance of a dedicated effort to meaningfully advance issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.


Thompson Island 4k Trail Run

June 02, 2022


We were delighted to serve as a sponsor in the annual Thompson Island 4k Trail Run in support of programs offered to Boston’s youth. Members of Acadian’s team traveled to the island last week for this fantastic event, enjoying the trails, some team-building, and a night of giving back to our community. We are proud to work with Thompson Island Outward Bound, and to champion their mission of providing experiential learning through challenge, adventure, and STEM learning in a supportive environment.


Budget Buddies Recognizes Acadian's Sean Spaulding

May 24, 2022


Congratulations to Acadian's Sean Spaulding for a successful and impactful tenure on the Board of Budget Buddies. Budget Buddies is a longtime strategic community partner of Acadian, and we are proud to continue to support their mission of empowering women through financial literacy training, 1:1 coaching, and tailored support. Improved financial health leads to a more secure future for the families and communities these women lead.


AAAIM Boston Networking Event

May 03, 2022


We are thrilled to be sponsoring the inaugural AAAIM Boston networking event, joining Wellington Management, John Hancock Investment Management, and State Street as we kick off API Heritage Month.


Earth Day 2022!

April 22, 2022


In celebration of #EarthDay2022, Acadian has once again worked with Arbor Day Foundation to plant trees on behalf of all employees. Today and every day, we join our clients and community partners in continually advancing #sustainable business practices. To read more on our sustainability initiatives, link below.


CFA Launches Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Code (USA and Canada)

April 14, 2022


We commend the CFA Institute for helping to set industry #DEI standards with the recent launch of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Code (USA and Canada). Acadian is proud to be an early signatory and is committed to the core principles of the Code in support of our belief that diversity leads to strength across all facets of our organization – more resilient portfolios, more creative decision-making, a vibrant culture, and business success. For more on Acadian's approach to DEI click here.


Acadian Women’s Forum

March 31, 2022


This week, we concluded our Women' s History Month celebration with a panel discussion sponsored by Acadian Women’s Forum. We were delighted to welcome Marcelia Freeman and Isis Ortiz-Belton to our Boston office for a Women Making History panel, joining Acadian’s Tara Norton, SVP and Director of Alternative Asset & Treasury Operations, to discuss their careers, how they have tackled various challenges along the way, and what it means to be a champion for other women. We are grateful for their insights and inspiration and will be listening to learn more from women leaders like them.


Women’s History Month

March 02, 2022


March is Women’s History Month. Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing a series of posts from our Chief Marketing Officer, Kelly Young, CFA, CAIA, who will tackle some of the key challenges facing women in the workforce and reflect on her own sources of inspiration throughout her career. Watch this space for more as Acadian celebrates Womens History Month.


Black History Month

February 18, 2021


In celebration of Black History Month, we are sharing stories of progress and the importance of “looking back to move forward.” Acadian welcomed Jhana Senxian of The Guild Boston and Tony Van Der Meer, PhD of UMass Boston to a virtual panel with co-CEO John Chisholm on the contributions and history of local Boston communities. Jhana and Tony shared their experiences as local leaders and activists, and where they see space to shift the landscape for Black Americans in ways both big and small. This was a powerful conversation on how ‘bottom-up,’ transformational change can start with providing communities right here in Boston with practical support, tools, healthier engagement, opportunity, and empowerment.


CEO Action’s 5th annual CEO Closed-Door Session and CHRO & CDO Summit

November 22, 2021


Last week, Acadian co-CEO Ross Dowd attended CEO Action’s 5th annual CEO Closed-Door Session and CHRO & CDO Summit, where he connected with business leaders to build concrete ways to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Link below to learn more about CEO Action.


UNCF Lighted Pathways Virtual Summit

November 15, 2021


Members of the Acadian team were delighted to join the recent UNCF Lighted Pathways Virtual Summit for a discussion around increasing the number of young African Americans who enter and thrive in the Asset Management and Finance career fields.


Royal Parks Half Marathon for Honeypot Children’s Charity

October 20, 2021


We were thrilled to participate in the Royal Parks Half Marathon for Honeypot Children’s Charity and help support their mission to enhance the lives of young carers aged 5-12.


Indigenous Peoples' Day

October 8, 2021


Acadian is proud to be part of a dialogue and momentum towards change around issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe that addressing longstanding inequities requires meaningful action and engagement. This starts with the words and language that we use. Please join us in recognizing and celebrating Indigenous Peoples' Day on Monday, October 11.


Acadian has signed the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion pledge

September 9, 2021


We are excited to share that Acadian has signed the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ pledge, joining nearly 2,000 companies that are making a united commitment to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace.


London-based team Participates for Mary's Meal

September 3, 2021


As we count down to International Day of Charity this weekend, our London-based team participated this week in a special project for Mary's Meals, filling backpacks with school supplies for children who don't have basic learning tools. To learn more about the important work that Mary's Meals is doing around the globe, visit the link below.


Donation Drive with Thompson Island Outward Bound

September 1, 2021


Earlier this summer, Acadian held a donation drive to support our community partner Thompson Island Outward Bound. Employees had an opportunity to volunteer as well as donate needed gear to Boston Public School students attending a hands-on, immersive Summer Learning Expedition on the island. This is a 21-day program that incorporates outdoor challenges, science curriculum, and experiential learning. Essentials collected included reusable face masks, hand sanitizer, warm layers, and closed-toed shoes for students to be adequately prepared for their time on the island. For more about the amazing work they are doing at Thompson Island Outward Bound, link below.


UN’s International Day of Charity

August 30, 2021


In celebration of the UN’s International Day of Charity on September 5, we are taking time this week to spotlight some of the wonderful organizations Acadian supports around the globe. In the UK, our team works with Winston's Wish and The Honeypot Children's Charity, who provide children in crisis with a range of mental and physical health programs and services. Our Sydney-based team are longtime supporters of the Ngurra Jirrama Foundation, whose mission is to address the striking lack of educational opportunities available to young Indigenous Australians from remote areas of the country. In Singapore, our local office has worked with MILK (Mainly I Love Kids) for a number of years, supporting the important work they do to plug the gaps in social services programs and lift families out of poverty.


Inversant: Game Show Extravaganza!

July 27, 2021


Congratulations to our community partner Inversant for raising over $40,000 for non-traditional college students in last week’s Game Show Extravaganza! We were thrilled to be a part of this event, helping to spread the word about the important work of making higher education attainable for all. This year, Inversant is committed to supporting the ‘new-traditional’ student, a fast-growing segment of learners who typically don’t have access to standard educational pathways and are faced with financial, family, employment, and other obligations that can serve as barriers to obtaining a degree. Link below to learn more about Inversant’s mission.


Earth Day 2021: The Arbor Day Foundation

April 22, 2021


In celebration of #earthday2021, Acadian has worked with The Arbor Day Foundation to plant 370 trees (one for each employee) in the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. The Arbor Day Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to reforestation where it’s needed the most and other vital conservation initiatives.


London-based team supports Winston's Wish

November 2, 2020

This Halloween, our London-based team supported Winston's Wish, UK’s first childhood bereavement charity, by participating in their #ProjectPumpkin event. As you can see, our team had a great time flexing their pumpkin carving skills and supporting this important cause. To learn more about Winston’s Wish and their mission, please visit:


Thompson Island Outward Bound annual 4k run/walk

October 25, 2020

Acadian recently participated in Thompson Island Outward Bound annual 4k run/walk, this year with a virtual twist! Though Team Acadian ended up in first place for all three challenges, what we’re most proud is that the event raised over $50,000 to support students and instructors in building trusting relationships, processing challenges and learning valuable leadership and communication skills. To learn more about Thompson Island’s mission and programming, or to donate, visit:


Inversant Insights: Is Student Debt a Social Justice Issue?

October 23, 2020

Inversant Webinar Acadian Asset Management

We were pleased to sponsor this Facebook live event. An examination of wealth in the U.S. shows the deep inequalities faced by Black Americans. From earning gaps to student loan debt, the disparity is staggering.

Dr. Charles Desmond and guests Jaime Ramirez-Mendoza, Higher Education Policy Analyst at The Education Trust, and Jillian Berman, Reporter and Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Business and Economics Journalism at Columbia University tackle the complex topic of student debt and social justice.

Click here to see the full discussion.


Proud to support Boston Scores new campaign, “Boston Moves”

June 26, 2020

We are proud to support Boston Scores new campaign, “Boston Moves” to benefit and support Boston youth during COVID-19. Through the end of August, Acadian participants will set a personal movement challenge each week to promote physical activity and ensure that Boston Scores students receive the recommended 60 minutes a day recommended by the CDC. To learn more or to join the challenge, please click here!


Acadian joins Funds4Food initiative!

June 23, 2020

We were thrilled to participate in Funds4Food initiative, a virtual cap intro charity fundraiser connecting institutional allocators and fund managers to aid hunger relief efforts for victims of COVID-19. To learn more about Funds4Food, please visit their site!


Congratulations Inversant class of 2020!

June 22, 2020

Congratulations Inversant class of 2020! Acadian was proud to sponsor a special evening of virtual commencement activities. To all the parents and students of Inversant Boston, caps off to you! To learn more about Inversant’s mission of making higher education attainable for everyone, please visit


Committing to community support through pandemic

May 15, 2020

At Acadian we are committed to supporting our #community, especially during challenging times. We were proud to support the following organizations as part of our COVID-19 crisis relief efforts: The Boston Resiliency Fund, Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB), Casa Myrna, The One Chelsea Fund, and Off Their Plate. These groups are providing support from food and meal prepping for front line workers, to shelter for vulnerable individuals, to services and resources for those at risk of domestic violence.


Budget Buddies, Inc. holds Virtual LunaFest

May 5, 2020

Did you know that 1 in 7 women live in poverty? During these unprecedented times, financial literacy is crucial to ensuring financial stability. In support of this mission, Acadian’s philanthropic partner Budget Buddies, Inc. held a Virtual LunaFest this weekend, featuring films by, for, and about women. To learn more about Budget Buddies, visit the Budget Buddies website:


Acadian UK joins 2.6 challenge

May 1, 2020

Acadian UK joined the 2.6 challenge this past Sunday to help charitable organizations negatively impacted by the loss of fundraising activity following the cancellation of the 40th London Marathon. We loved to see all the creative ways in which the team got involved – 2.6 minute plank hold, 26 squats, you get the idea!


Congratulations to our community partner Inversant for 10 year anniversary

November 13, 2019

Congratulations to our community partner Inversant, who recently celebrated 10 years of helping low-to-moderate income families achieve their goals for higher education. This fall, Inversant sent its first student to Harvard on a full scholarship.


Boston Scores

November 5, 2019

We were thrilled to participate in a special event with local org Boston Scores last week. Boston Scores is doing important work providing the city's youth with team-based education programs that promote health & well-being, academic engagement, and civic leadership.


Thompson Island 4K Trail Run

September 27, 2019

We were excited to participate in this year's Thompson Island 4K Trail Run. Our Acadian team headed out to the island and braved the elements for an evening of team building and giving back in support of the Outward Bound program for Boston Public School students. We are proud to work with Thompson Island as a strategic community partner and look forward to more good work ahead!


Cradles to Crayons annual Backpack-A-Thon

August 20, 2019

Earlier this month, dozens of our colleagues had the chance to participate in the Cradles to Crayons annual Backpack-A-Thon. This incredible event brings together corporate volunteers from all over the city to fill more than 40,000 backpacks with school supplies, helping to prepare local children for the school year ahead.

Pan-Mass Challenge 

August 3, 2019

A huge congratulations to our colleagues who rode in this year’s Pan-Mass Challenge! Through their ride, Acadian’s team raised $50,000 in direct support of research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. We are so proud of their commitment to this critical cause.

Acadian Asset Management sees the value in Boston's sold-out event

June 20, 2019

Acadian - JP Morgan Corporate Challange

Always favorite event for Acadian employees over the years. Click on the link below to read our story!

Haymakers for Hope Rock ‘N Rumble IX

May 15, 2019

Haymakers for Hope Rock ‘N Rumble IX - Acadian

We were proud to support our colleague David Purdy as a sponsor at this year’s Haymakers for Hope Rock ‘N Rumble IX. Dave’s fight on Wednesday night raised over $45,000 for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Way to go, Dave!


April 17, 2019

LunaFest! Presented by our community partner Budget Buddies, an organization that seeks to reduce the number of women and female heads of household who live on the economic margins by providing financial literacy coaching.

North Star Award

April 11, 2019

We were honored to be presented with the North Star Award last night at Thompson Island’s annual gala, in recognition of our partnership and commitment to the growth of the Outward Bound Education Center Connections program. Co-CEO Ross Dowd accepted on our behalf.