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.

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.


Diversity invite

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

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Dionna Johnson Sallis

Director, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI)


Dominic Cottone

Senior Managing Director

Creating Effective DEI Strategy Starts with Clear Understanding of Purpose

Dionna Johnson Sallis,recently participated in a video interview at Nareit’s REITworks: 2023 Conference in Las Vegas. As the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Ferguson Partners, she emphasized the importance of setting DEI goals with intentionality and starting with a clear understanding of “why.” Sallis also highlighted the necessity of addressing data, even if it’s unfavorable, and the shift in DEI efforts from recruitment to retention, development, and promotion of diverse talent, which she refers to as “DEI 2.0.”

View the video.

Why are Diverse Employees Leaving?

Dionna Johnson Sallis, Ferguson Partners' Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), shares her thoughts on challenges of retention, the need for effective sponsors and how organizations can improve their commitments to diverse, inclusive cultures.

View the video.

Research: Global Real Estate DEI Survey 2022

We are excited to the share the results of our 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.

Now in its second year, the Global Real Estate DEI Survey 2022 found that commercial real estate companies are broadening and deepening their diversity, equity and inclusion programs and initiatives.

View the report.

Research: 2022 REIT Diversity Across Boards and Executives

Ferguson Partners has been actively tracking the evolution and progress of board diversity across the U.S. public REIT marketplace since the initial investor guidelines were enacted. This year marks our 5th edition of Ferguson Partners' 2022 REIT Diversity Report and our very first to examine whether there exists a relationship between the degree of Board diversity and company performance.

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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