Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in the workplace is good for business.

Ferguson Partners is committed to DEI and to the hiring of diverse talent, within our organization and those of our clients. In 2021, 40% of all global searches resulted in diverse placements, an increase of 5% from the previous year and demonstrated consecutive growth in diverse placements over the past five years. We recognize the unlimited cultural benefits and business results diverse talent brings to an organization—ours and those we serve.

Research clearly shows that business environments that embrace diversity — gender, ethnic, and cultural — demonstrate deeper engagement, increased innovation and greater financial success. Why? Diversity generates more opportunities to tap into a myriad of viewpoints and perspectives, creating better experiences for customers, culture for employees, and outcomes for investors.

A historically male-dominated field that even in recent decades saw few women involved in the business, real assets companies today still struggle with diversity when it comes to the profiles of future leaders in line for succession to the top roles – a disappointingly small number.

All companies today that wish to remain competitive need to immediately, frankly address their barriers to diversity in recruiting, retaining, and developing talent. This critical conversation needs to begin at the Board and C-Suite levels, and not be designated solely to the Chief Human Resources Officer.

Our commitment to diversity, relationships with leading, diverse candidates across the global real assets, hospitality, and healthcare services industries, and track record of placing diverse talent makes Ferguson Partners the right diversity partner for you.

Each year, our percentage of diverse placements sees an increase.
of global Board searches in 2021 resulted in diverse appointments.

Compensation, Leadership, and Management advisory services

Our DE&I work with clients extends to our advisory consulting services, where we are frequently engaged by clients to assist in DEI strategy creation, analyze the efficacy of their DEI initiatives, establish strategies for inclusive leadership, and quantify their inclusivity programs. Our in-depth survey and analysis, empirical research, and broad industry perspectives help our clients create customized initiatives that successfully embed DEI philosophy within their cultures.

Diversity at Ferguson Partners

As industry leaders at fostering diversity in our client work, we are committed to increasing diversity within Ferguson Partners by recruiting talented, diverse team members to achieve and exceed their full potential. Learn more.


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Ferguson Partners is proud to partner with organizations equally committed to create diverse and inclusive workplaces in the real assets industries.



Our diversity, equity and inclusion team


Gemma Burgess

Chief Executive Officer


William J. Ferguson



Jeremy Banoff

Vice Chairman


Serena Althaus

Senior Managing Director


Dominic Cottone

Senior Managing Director

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Dionna Johnson Sallis

Director, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI)

Tom Baltimore: An Alum's Journey from Humble Beginnings to Corporate CEO — UVA Today

Tom Baltimore serves as chair, president and CEO of Park Hotels & Resorts. (Photo by Dan Addison, University Communications)

An organization's best performance can only occur with diversity in its C-suite, and we are deeply committed to diversity, equity and inclusion across the leadership and teams in the industries we serve. Ferguson Partners placement and friend of the firm, Tom Baltimore, is profiled in an illuminating new University of Virginia UVA Today article highlighting his childhood, formative lessons, educational experiences, overcoming adversity and route to the top as the leader of one of America's top companies, Park Hotels & Resorts. Read the article.

And please enjoy our recent podcast, MasterMinds: Lessons in Leadership with Tom Baltimore. View the podcast.

New Research: Global Real Estate DEI Survey 2021

We are excited to the share the results of our just-released Global Real Estate DEI Survey, completed in partnership with ANREV, INREV, NAREIM, National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries (NCREIF), PENSION REAL ESTATE ASSOCIATION Urban Land Institute.

According to the results of the 2021 DEI Survey that included more than 160 firms and 435,000 global employees, 92% of commercial real estate firms globally have a DEI program or initiatives highlighting a clear mandate and momentum for DEI to be a priority within the industry.

View the report.

New Research: 2021 REIT Diversity Across Boards and Executives


Now in its fourth edition, Ferguson Partners' 2021 REIT Diversity Report continues its original tracking of gender diversity across the Boardroom while expanding upon last year’s tracking of Black executives and Directors to include broad representation of minorities and underrepresented communities. View the report.

Commitment to Diversity in Client Assignments


Partnership will create a global benchmark of DEI metrics for the commercial real estate industry.

Ferguson Partners will conduct the survey on behalf of ANREV, INREV, NAREIM, NCREIF, PREA, REALPAC and ULI.  Learn more.


Join Ferguson Partners’ Dominic Cottone, Senior Managing Director of the firm’s Leadership Consulting Practice, as he moderates an expansive forum on DEI issues today within organizations and across culture. View podcast.

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