Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI)

Everyone benefits from a diverse and talented workforce.

Building a Diverse Talent Base

A Culture Where Everyone Thrives

At Lincoln, people and culture are our most guarded assets. To fulfil our purpose of creating exceptional opportunities for our clients, colleagues and communities to thrive, Lincoln is committed to ensuring that our employee base is representative of the communities where we work and live and the clients we serve.

View the full statement from CEO, Rob Brown.

The more diverse we are as a workforce, the more diversity of thought and of background that we can bring to our clients [and] the better we serve them.

Rob Brown
CEO of Lincoln International

A strong and sustainable DEI strategy that supports the successful development and engagement of everyone is our highest priority. Our team of dedicated DEI professionals is committed to ensuring Lincoln remains a leader on professional and cultural aspects that matter to candidates, employees, clients and other stakeholders.

Continuing to strive for a diverse workforce is imperative to sustaining the quality of work and experiences Lincoln can provide in an increasingly dynamic industry. Every day, we encourage diversity of thought in all its forms and create an award-winning culture by attracting, retaining and engaging high performers from all backgrounds, demographics and perspectives.

How DEI Comes to Life

  • Awareness & Accountability
  • Professional development tailored for different groups
  • Rewards for inclusive and commercial successes
  • Psychological safety and support
  • Partnership with external advisors for continuous enhancement

The Lincoln Community

DEI Council

More than 20 people around the world partner with firm leadership as members of Lincoln’s DEI Council. The Council designs and implements a DEI strategy that assures a sense of belonging and opportunity for everyone, regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability or veteran status. The DEI Council receives additional training support from external advisors who help ensure Lincoln’s efforts are strategically aligned and compelling.

The Council champions the firm’s strategic DEI priorities to create a culture and environment that embraces and leverages diversity, and ensures people are engaged and empowered.


Employee Resource Groups (ERG): Tightening Connections

Lincoln Working Parents Network

“Our Lincoln Working Parents Network is designed to strengthen relationships, share resources and find the silver linings amidst the incredibly rewarding, yet occasionally challenging, role as a working parent. Throughout the year we offer a variety of activities, events and resources that bring this community together – it’s so great that the company champions programs to connect and engage our kids while supporting work life balance.”
– Christa Winikates, Compliance Manager at Lincoln International

Lincoln Women’s Network

“The Lincoln Women’s Network promotes a culture of connectedness and gender equity across our organization. Our group facilitates opportunities for women to have open conversations, learn and collaborate in the pursuit of personal and professional development, mentorship and community impact.  Women have the unique opportunity to empower other women through mentorship, leaning on each other and sharing our own experiences of triumphs and tribulations. Our women’s network provides a forum to do just that.”
– Mary Weber, Chief Talent Officer at Lincoln International

Lincoln Pride Alliance

“In the Lincoln Pride Alliance, we are committed to celebrating LGBTQ+ individuals and allies by increasing visibility across all identities, while encouraging inclusivity and support through professional development and mentorship opportunities. We also provide resources to help educate each other and our colleagues with tools on how to be better allies. This group has helped foster more than a sense of acceptance – it’s truly a sense of advocacy.”
– Matt Kessler, Managing Director at Lincoln International

Lincoln Veterans Network

“The Lincoln Veteran’s Network connects current and former members of the armed forces in- and outside of Lincoln. This community supports the recruitment and retention of veterans into the firm. As a veteran, I truly feel the sense of gratitude Lincoln has for my years of service in the Marine Corps, and appreciation for the unique value I can bring to the firm because of my experiences.”
– Frank Crocker, Vice President at Lincoln International

“Lincoln is developing several additional ERGs to create communities for support, sharing and education across a variety of dimensions, including the Black Professionals’ Network, LatinX Professionals’ Network, Asian Professionals’ Network and Professionals with Disabilities. The introduction of these groups further reinforces how quickly we are evolving and how much our colleagues want to form communities with each other.”
– Mary Weber, Chief Talent Officer at Lincoln International

Dispersed Globally, United in Contribution

Around the world, Lincoln employees lend their talents, time and financial support to important community organizations and causes. Through the firm’s employer match program and ongoing charitable commitments, our global employees have donated more than $700,000 through volunteerism, grants and corporate matching gifts since 2018. We proudly host volunteer activities for our colleagues that both enhance our communities and strengthen our culture.

  • Abe Day: Lincoln International celebrates our shared sense of giving annually during April in honor of the firm’s founding in April 1996. Lincoln’s global employees channel their efforts to support area causes through giving activities affectionately referred to as Abe Day in recognition of the firm’s namesake, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln.
    • As part of Abe Day, Lincoln partners with Charity Miles, a platform that tracks movement and earns funds for charity. Each mile completed during Abe Day earns a charitable donation on behalf of Lincoln. The platform allows for friendly competition among global colleagues as we seek to raise awareness and funds for affinity non-profit organizations.
  • Board & Civic Involvement: Lincoln professionals demonstrate leadership around the world through an investment of time and intellectual capital to help advance the missions of several non-profits. From serving on advisory boards to appointments as Directors, our colleagues seek to create impact beyond financial donation alone – they endeavor to contribute to a legacy.

Elevating Women in Finance

Uniting, empowering and uplifting women is incredibly important at Lincoln International.

Programs for Candidates & Finance Professionals

Lincoln holds a variety of events globally to connect successful women and provide opportunities for advancement and development.

  • Women in Finance: Each year, Lincoln holds a U.S. mentorship event for college sophomores to form relationships with fellow women and learn about careers in investment banking.
  • Nordics Women in Banking Breakfast: Lincoln International’s Stockholm office hosts an annual breakfast to foster valuable connections and discuss career opportunities in investment banking in the Nordics.
  • Frankfurt Roundtable Discussion: Lincoln International’s team in Frankfurt hosts a roundtable discussion for women in finance to discuss their careers, the challenges they face and ideas on how to work toward continued advancement for women.
  • Women Client Leaders Event in Boca Raton, Florida: This event connects senior women leaders in finance, private equity and management in the U.S. to reflect, harness strengths and form valuable relationships.
  • MBA Women’s Dinner: Lincoln hosts a dinner for women in the U.S. pursuing their MBAs to learn about career opportunities at the firm and the private capital markets.

Celebrating & Honoring Colleagues

Through a variety of programs throughout the year, Lincoln celebrates and learns about the diverse backgrounds and valuable contributions made by our fellow colleagues and potential talent.

  • Women’s History Month: In honor of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, Lincoln International offices across the world celebrate and show appreciation to our dynamic, trailblazing women employees who make an immeasurable impact in every corner of the organization.
  • Veterans Day: Lincoln honors Veterans Day, recognizing the debt we owe and commending the service of our veteran employees. The firm comes together to share a meal and our thanks to veterans.
  • LGBTQ+ Pride: Lincoln celebrates our LGBTQ+ employees with a variety of events during June and throughout the year to honor our diverse talent and foster inclusion as allies to the community.
  • Black History Month: Lincoln’s Black Professionals Group hosts events in February and throughout the year to honor the triumphs and challenges of African American’s throughout history.
  • Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month: Is celebrated in May through a variety of events that impart knowledge about and recognize the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the United State’s history and culture.

Lincoln’s global offices host events and celebrations to observe and honor regional holidays and momentous occasions.

Celebrating International Women’s Day in Lincoln’s New York office Flag cupcake social in Lincoln’s Chicago office honoring our veterans Lincoln’s India office celebrates Diwali

Connect with our DEI Leaders