Success is more than just an ideology here at Stifel. It’s about taking the ideas of how to succeed and putting them into action. These actions permeate throughout our organization, within every department, and at every Stifel branch across the nation. And it all starts with you.
Stifel is a place where you can build a challenging, rewarding career with one of the industry’s most diverse, creative teams. A place where new ideas are welcome and fresh thinking is encouraged. The kind of thinking that helps us understand and use the forces of the market to be ready for whatever is next.
To make this happen, our leadership makes the well-being of our associates a top priority. We actively promote a new and different type of thinking, anchored by a commitment to helping you build strong relationships with your fellow associates across the organization.
So, how do we do that? Entrepreneurial spirit. Innovation. And, of course, diversity and inclusivity. These are all great ideas on the surface – but at Stifel, we put them into action from the top down. Our leadership sets the tone with each and every associate, and our mentorship philosophy is where our culture really starts to thrive. We encourage people in leadership positions to step back and ask themselves, “What did I need when I was coming up in the industry? Who put a hand out for me? Who gave me guidance? How can I turn that around and help others that are entering our field”
At Stifel, if you have an idea, our leadership will listen to it and truly consider it. Your ideas can actually be put into place pretty quickly. Our organization is structured like that. Building on that sentiment, fostering collaboration is another key component to what makes Stifel great. Our firm is built around supporting not only our clients, but also each other. This is based on another simple, yet effective, guiding philosophy at Stifel – the “Golden Rule.” Treat each other the way we would want to be treated and listen with empathy, respect, and with a heart toward understanding.
Stifel is often described as a large firm with a startup mentality. Its metaphorical open-door policy means that a junior staff member can easily call a senior manager and speak with them, for example. Additionally, the family-like relationship that the associates across departments and branches share is something very special and unique.
According to a study conducted by Coqual, organizations rated highly for diversity and inclusion have 57% better collaboration. We’ve taken this to heart. Dr. Benjamin Ola. Akande, Director of Human Resources, Diversity and Inclusion, has been an integral force in championing diversity and inclusion initiatives across the firm.
“That’s essentially what Stifel has always done and continues to do so well – to help individuals, to help organizations, to help communities, to strengthen their capacity to be difference-makers. That’s why I’m so excited to be at Stifel – because I’m part of a team that believes in the wonderfulness of America and the ability to be able to make things better.”
Dr. Benjamin Ola. Akande More