Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) efforts center around our most important asset: our people. We are committed to attracting, developing, and advancing a diverse workforce that represents a spectrum of backgrounds and experiences.


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is critically important to our culture and makes our firm, companies and communities stronger.

Blackstone takes a holistic approach to promote DEI within our firm and across our portfolio in order to deliver for our stakeholders. Our DEI approach centers on four pillars: recruiting, talent development, community and inclusion, and accountability.


We are focused on building a pipeline of diverse talent for the next generation of leaders at Blackstone and throughout the financial services industry.

Blackstone’s Future Women Innovators Program is a unique one-and-a-half-day program that gives emerging software developers first-hand exposure to the increasingly powerful role of technology in crafting financial strategy. Participants have an opportunity to connect with top technologists and recruiting professionals here at Blackstone. The program introduces participants to the knowledge, training and skills necessary for a career path in technology.

The Future Women Leaders Program, which launched in 2013, targets highly talented undergraduate students interested in careers in Finance. The program is a 2-day educational event supporting the development of candidate pipelines for our internship and full-time programs by connecting us to talented students and introducing them to the firm.

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The Diverse Leaders Program, which launched in 2016, is designed to target highly talented undergraduate students interested in careers in Finance. The program is a 2-day long educational event supporting the development of candidate pipelines for our internship and full-time programs by connecting us to talented students and introducing them to the firm.

The Blackstone Future Diverse Innovators Program targets groups that have historically been underrepresented in the technology sector. This program aims to show students what it’s like to work in a technology role at Blackstone – offering seminars, resume and interview workshops, technical training, networking events and ongoing mentorship.

Blackstone Real Estate Leaders is a weeklong program for historically underrepresented, high potential sophomore undergraduate students interested in real estate investing. Participants will have exposure to proprietary Blackstone technical and soft skills training methods, on-the-job case studies, commercial real estate seminars, and ongoing coaching and support. The program offers the opportunity to learn from senior leadership and team members across a wide range of Real Estate careers, including equity and debt investing, asset management, fundraising, capital markets, and portfolio management.


Our Affinity Networks serve as a resource for members and allies.

They foster belonging and community and play a critical role in supporting our efforts to recruit, retain and advance a diverse workforce. Core to our networks is the concept of allyship, the continuous practice of advancing a culture of inclusion through intentional, positive and conscious actions that promote equity and inclusion.

Our Diverse Professionals Network (DPN) is a community of networks including a Black and African American Network, South Asian and Middle Eastern Network, Hispanic and Latino Network, and East Asian Network. The DPN provides a platform for employees to build relationships and advance the dialogue regarding the importance of racial and ethnic diversity for our business.

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The Blackstone Women’s Initiative drives a multitude of programs across the firm focused on developing women, fostering connectivity across businesses, helping to encourage organic mentorship relationships and helping to shape our recruiting strategy.

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OUT Blackstone focuses on enhancing visibility of LGBTQ+ individuals both at Blackstone and in the community. The group helps raise awareness of how LGBTQ+ individuals are impacted socially and professionally and connect employees throughout the firm.

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The Veterans Network aims to cultivate a community of veterans and advocates who can add value and unique perspectives to Blackstone’s business and culture. As of July 2021, Blackstone has achieved its goal of over 100,000 veterans, veteran spouses and caregivers hired across its portfolio.

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The Working Families Network brings together parents, caregivers and anyone interested in having or starting a family while working at Blackstone. The network brings in speakers, provides resources, and fosters a community of families, while advocating for policies and services that continue to make Blackstone one of the great places to work for parents and caregivers.

DEI in Action

Partnering with Bumble

Learn how Blackstone helped build Bumble’s majority-female board and realize founder Whitney Wolfe Herd’s vision of empowering women through technology.

Hiring Veterans at QTS

Through the Veterans Hiring Initiative, more than 100,000 veterans, veteran spouses and caregivers have been hired across our portfolio companies since 2013. QTS Data Centers, where nearly a quarter of employees are veterans, exemplifies how hiring veterans helps to build stronger businesses.

Diverse Professionals Network

Members of the Diverse Professionals Network discuss the group’s important role as a sounding board for underrepresented individuals, and how this community contributes to Blackstone’s unique, team-centered culture.

Ray McGuire in Conversation
with Blackstone’s Diverse
Professionals Network

Raymond J. McGuire, former Vice Chairman of Citigroup, joined Blackstone’s Jack Pitts, Senior Managing Director & General Counsel of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group and Co-Chair of the Blackstone Diverse Professionals Network (DPN) Task Force, for a fireside chat on the role of the private sector in defeating systemic inequalities.

More Than Just a Job: Marcus Felder on Blackstone’s Career
Pathways™ Program

Vice President in Portfolio Operations Marcus Felder shares how Blackstone’s Career Pathways program strengthens our portfolio companies by broadening the candidate pool, fostering economic mobility and creating opportunity for individuals from historically under-represented groups. Beyond helping our companies recruit talent, we also help them develop inclusive, equitable environments that promote employee retention and long-term success.

Building Sustainable Businesses

Our efforts are anchored in our goal of generating strong returns for investors to fulfil our fiduciary duty. We believe these efforts reflect what are simply good business practices that position our investments for success.

Blackstone is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, marital or partnership status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, genetic predisposition, veteran or military status, status as a victim of domestic violence, a sex offense or stalking, or any other class or status in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to hiring, placement, promotion, termination, transfer, leave of absence, compensation, and training. All Blackstone employees, including but not limited to recruiting personnel and hiring managers, are required to abide by this policy. Blackstone strictly prohibits retaliation against any individual who, in good faith, raises a concern, participates in any investigation of the concern, testifies or assists in a proceeding involving discrimination, or encourages another to report a potential violation of this policy.

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While Blackstone believes ESG factors can enhance long-term value, Blackstone does not pursue an ESG-based investment strategy or limit its investments to those that meet specific ESG criteria except with respect to products or strategies that are explicitly designated as doing so in their offering documents or other applicable governing documents. Such factors do not qualify Blackstone’s objectives to seek to maximize risk adjusted returns.  A decision to invest should take into account the objectives and characteristics of the relevant fund as set out in more detail in the applicable offering documents. Further information can be found at www.blackstone.com/european-overview.