Marsh McLennan Racial Inclusion and
Social Equity MBA/Master's Fellowship

RISE, which stands for racial inclusion and social equity, is a part-time Fellowship Leadership Development Program at Marsh McLennan. The program provides MBA/Master’s Degree candidates and recent graduates that identify as Black, African-American, or Afro-Caribbean  in the US, UK, and Canada with an enriching curriculum and tools to learn how to advocate for social justice within a business environment.  

If this inspires you, let's have a conversation. Start by applying to let us know you are interested and one of our talented recruiters or leaders will reach out to you directly.

Meet Our Fellows

Our first cohort of graduates share their most impactful experiences from the program and how it transformed their personal and professional lives.
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 Hear From RISE Program Leaders and Sponsors

“Our leaders are committed to cultivating a culture in which different experiences and perspectives are valued and celebrated. The RISE executive module will immerse our leaders in a social justice agenda, helping them more fully embrace their roles as inclusive leaders.”
Carmen Fernandez  
Senior Vice President & Chief People Officer

Marsh McLennan

“The National Black MBA Association is proud to partner with Marsh McLennan to provide meaningful impact and access to and for Black talent. The mission of the NBMBAA is to provide educational, wealth-building, and growth opportunities for Blacks throughout all stages of their careers as students, professionals, and entrepreneurs. The RISE program is a perfect example of access to opportunity. Over the past years with civil unrest and racial inequities coming to the forefront, many companies came out with public statements on the importance of reaching equity within their respective organizations. Marsh McLennan took it a step further and partnered with us to find Black talent and weave that talent within their organization."
Paula Fontana
Interim President


“Black MBA candidates have a rich set of experiences to bring to the professional services sector. It will be exciting to see how these cohorts of fellows implement a social justice agenda within their careers and beyond."
Vann Newkirk Sr.  

​​​​​​​Fisk University

“The RISE Fellowship program demonstrates Marsh McLennan's commitment to driving Black equity within Professional Services. I'm proud to support a program so deeply committed to unlocking the full potential of our Fellows and leading the change."
Chloe Benson 
Senior Talent and Learning Specialist

Marsh McLennan

“I am inspired by all our RISE Fellows; when I look at them, I see an amazing group of talented, emerging Black leaders who, because of this program will gain strong business and leadership acumen, as well as becoming more fluent on social justice issues that increasingly impact our organization and the clients and communities we support. We know we have a long way to go, but together we are moving forward with curiosity, enthusiasm, and dedication."
Chris Williams 
Chief Diversity and Social Impact Officer

​​​​​​​ Marsh McLennan

“It's an on-going honour and privilege to lead the design and delivery of the RISE program - a program that is designed to foster a new generation of leaders who will be fluent in the intersection of business and social justice, helping to not only make Marsh McLennan more equitable, but our industry too."
John Brogden  
Talent Development Leader

​​​​​​​Marsh McLennan

 RISE Program Overview

 • As a RISE Fellow, you won't just gain practical experience - you'll dive headfirst into the heart of client challenges, propelling your professional growth to new heights as you become a catalyst for shifts in equity and inclusion.

• Experience an immersive social justice program, orchestrated by the John Lewis Centre for Social Justice at Fisk University - a beacon among the nation's historical Black colleges.

Unlock your innovation and problem solving skills. Working with your peers you will take on a project that addresses the program’s impact.

How you'll benefit
• Learn how Marsh McLennan addresses the world’s most complex challenges, helping clients navigate an increasing dynamic environment;

• Join the next era of changemakers, developing leading social justice thinking in the areas of risk, strategy, and people; 

• Engage in one-on-one mentorship, for personalized leadership development 

• Expand your network through a cohort of peers and industry professionals 

​​​​​​​What you'll experience
• The opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of the clients, communities and industries we serve
• Workshops focused on leadership development, collaborative engagement, and social justice instruction  

• Mentorship and guidance from Marsh McLennan and National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) leaders 

• Alongside your peers, deliver a presentation on the programs impact, including how it helps shape our organization, clients, communities, and industry

​​​​​​​Who we're looking for
• Currently enrolled in, or a recent graduate of, an MBA/Master's Program 

• At least 3-5 years of relevant professional services experience advising clients on risk, strategy, and people

• Must identify as Black, African American, Afro Latinx, Afro Caribbean

• Ideally, located in one of our hub cities, inclusive of New York, Atlanta, Houston, Chicago, DC, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Toronto, and London 

• Must be able to participate in all aspects of the program, committing to 8-10 hours a month, 

• Must be and be eligible to work  without the need of work sponsorship should full-time opportunities arise during or post program ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

 Program Partners, Awards & Outreach​​​​​​

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As a part of our mission toward advancing equity, we hosted our first Equity = Possibility Black Leaders Symposium in Atlanta, Georgia on March 21st, 2023. This one day event brought together over 100 senior Black executives, C-Suite leaders and practitioners to discuss their most pressing business challenges and opportunities.