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RISE
Marsh McLennan Racial Inclusion and
Social Equity MBA Fellowship
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A first-of-its-kind program, RISE, which stands for racial inclusion and social equity, provides 2024 and 2025 Black MBA/Masters Degree candidates in the US, UK and Canada with an enriching curriculum of practical business knowledge and tools for advocating for social justice within a business environment.

Applications for our next cohort will open in May 2023. To stay connected and up-to-date on roles that align with your background, skills and interests, sign up for our Talent Community

Meet Our Fellows

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

“We’re committed to the principle of responsible capitalism and doing business in ways that generate a more just and compassionate world. RISE will help us form a more diverse, inclusive and vibrant Marsh McLennan and professional services industry.”
Dan Glaser
President & CEO Marsh McLennan

“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

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“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.”
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Paula Fontana
Interim President, NBMBAA

“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.  
President, Fisk University


 RISE Program Overview

RISE will provide practical experience tackling client challenges and supporting their growth as change makers for greater equality and inclusion. Additionally, Fellows will:

• Participate in an immersive social justice program through the John Lewis Center for Social Justice at Fisk University, one of the nation’s oldest historically Black colleges;

• Be embedded in Marsh McLennan business teams to gain first-hand knowledge of the client and industries we serve;

• Receive mentorship and lessons in leadership from Marsh McLennan executives and NBMBAA leaders; and

• Complete an assessment of their observations and how they envision embedding social justice into their business careers.
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How you'll benefit
• Tackle real-world challenges in areas of risk, strategy and people

• Join the next era of changemakers, developing leading social justice thinking

• Engage in one-on-one coaching and sponsorship for personalized leadership development

• Be considered for full-time placement in one of Marsh McLennan’s four businesses
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​​​​​​​What you'll experience
Workshops focused on leadership development and social justice instruction 
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• Thought leadership and mentorship from Marsh McLennan executives and NBMBAA leaders

• A final presentation on your vision to promote an agenda of social justice
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​​​​​​​Who we're looking for
• Minimum of one year completed in an MBA/Masters program

• Involvement with extracurricular activities is a plus, such as volunteering, sports teams or community initiatives

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

​​​​​​​• Recommendations from mentors, professors, coaches are a plus

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