In honor of Veteran’s Day last month, two of our employee veterans, Andrew Pinheiro and Jack Rouse, tell us about BlackRock’s Veterans & Allies Network and how the group supports veterans, and their families, both inside and outside of BlackRock.
One of BlackRock’s guiding principles as a firm is ‘One BlackRock’, the belief that our best solutions result from constant collaboration between diverse teams. Outside of one’s day-to-day responsibilities, our employee networks are a key way that collaboration is cultivated across the firm and around the globe.
BlackRock has over a dozen different networks for employees that range from gender and ethnic diversity to disability and military status. For example, the Women’s Initiative & Allies Network focuses on fostering the full potential of women at BlackRock and the Ability & Allies Network provides community and advocacy for people with disabilities as well as their family members. For Andrew Pinheiro and Jack Rouse, the Veterans & Allies Network has provided them with a meaningful opportunity to connect with other veterans at the firm and those who are passionate about veteran-related issues.
Andrew is a Vice President and research analyst based in New York City in BlackRock’s Fundamental Equities Division, which helps clients accomplish their financial objectives through differentiated equity selection. Prior to joining BlackRock in 2017, Andrew served in the United States Army, where he worked as an Intelligence Officer in the 10th Mountain Infantry Division. Jack is an Associate in BlackRock’s Global Investment Operations Group in Edinburgh, Scotland where he oversees the Exchange Traded Derivatives Clearing teams in Europe, the Middle East & India who manage the operations for BlackRock’s derivatives trading. Before Jack came to BlackRock in 2019, he was an Army Intelligence Officer and served in countries across the Middle East, Africa, Europe and North America.
Photos courtesy of Andrew Pinheiro (Left) and Jack Rouse (Right).
The Veterans & Allies Network, or VET as we call it, includes over 600 employees who are engaged in a broad range of recruitment, mentorship and philanthropic initiatives aimed at supporting veterans and their families. For example, during the height of COVID-19, BlackRock provided a $100,000 donation to the United Service Organizations to further our support for active duty service members.
Earlier this year, the VET Network also partnered with BlackRock’s Black Professionals & Allies Network as well as Citi to host a conversation on the topic of racial equity and leadership in the workplace with Lieutenant General (Retired) Vincent Stewart, an accomplished U.S. Marine Corps Officer. The event provided an opportunity for Lt. Gen. Stewart to share about his experience as a Black man in the military while opening up a broader dialogue among veterans in our firm and our industry on the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion.
Another way the VET Network delivers on its mission to support activities and programs that assist and honor veterans and their families, is through the VestsForVets initiative which was founded in 2019. This effort encourages employees, and veteran supporters outside of the firm, to purchase vests to wear on November 11 which, in many countries across the globe, is known as Veterans Day, Armistice Day or Remembrance Day. These annual holidays aim to recognize and remember those who’ve served their country.
We know that the transition from military to civilian life can be difficult for veterans and their families. Therefore, a portion of the proceeds raised through the VestsForVets initiative go towards American Corporate Partners (ACP), which provides mentorship and training to transitioning service members. Since VestsforVets began, BlackRock employees have raised and donated over $50,000 to ACP, in addition to the firm’s annual corporate financial sponsorship.