Starting Out sponsor: life at J.P. Morgan

The UK: Andreas Leonidovas, Compliance – Vice President

jpmorgan-logoDiversity and inclusion are cornerstones of J.P. Morgan’s corporate culture. It’s part of our DNA. We are committed to building an inclusive environment where everyone can succeed based on merit. Our strength is built on our people, and so we draw from the broadest, smartest talent pool in the world. Different perspectives bring strength and creativity to our work and lead to the best solutions for our clients. Put simply, creating an inclusive environment where everyone’s opinion counts and all employees have the freedom to deliver their absolute best helps us to serve our clients better. For us, this simply makes good business sense. This is why we work hard and invest in attracting and developing a diverse workforce. 

andreas_jpmorganWe’ve been a recognized leader in helping to create a stronger, more diverse workplace by numerous organizations and publications. Our strategy is built around three pillars of attracting top talent, creating an inclusive workplace and reflecting the diversity in the marketplaces we serve. All of this is underpinned by a strong culture of management accountability.  We embrace the differences that exist among our employees and have committed resources so that we can offer benefits programs and policies that meet our employees’ needs. Many of these programs and policies are particularly relevant to and supportive of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees and their families.

‘J.P. Morgan embraces diversity and truly fosters an all-inclusive working environment across all levels of the organisation. I believe that everyone has the opportunity to excel based on their performance and contribution to the firm regardless of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, physical ability – or other attributes that make a person unique.

I am comfortable to be open about my sexuality in the workplace. LGBT employees are supported by a strong presence and visibility of allies across the organisation, especially those in senior management roles. In addition to the general working environment, J.P. Morgan offers employees multiple opportunities to engage in business resource groups. I have served on the leadership team and have been an active member of PRIDE, a group uniting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and ally (LGBTA) employee community.’