Gordon B. Fowler, Jr., is President and Chief Executive Officer of Glenmede and a Director of The Glenmede Trust Company, N.A. With more than $30 billion in assets under management, Glenmede remains independent and exclusively focused on the business of investment and wealth management.
Mr. Fowler also serves as Glenmede’s Chief Investment Officer. In this role, he is responsible for investment strategy, fund management and research. He joined Glenmede in 2003 following a more than 20-year career with J.P. Morgan where he served in several management positions, including as Global Head of Investment Management of the Private Bank and as Head of Quantitative Equity Management for Institutional Asset Management. Over the course of his career, Mr. Fowler has been responsible for the development of numerous equity and asset allocation strategies, and has authored and co-authored several pioneering articles on private client and institutional investing.
Mr. Fowler received a B.A. from Brown University in 1981 and a M.S. from New York University Graduate School of Business in 1985. He has served on the boards of numerous national and community organizations including the Curtis Institute of Music, the Church Pension Fund, Philadelphia Futures, The Widows Corporation and St. James School.
Founded in 1956 by the Pew family to manage their charitable assets, The Glenmede Trust Company, N.A., (“Glenmede”) is among the nation’s leading investment and wealth management firms. The company oversees more than $30 billion of assets under management for high-net-worth individuals, families, family offices, endowment, foundation and institutional clients. Headquartered in Philadelphia, the firm has offices in Ohio, Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Washington, DC. For more information, please visit www.glenmede.com.
Although I earned a graduate business degree in quantitative analysis, a career in STEM was not always my intended path. While I entered college with the intention of becoming an engineer, I quickly handed in my slide rule and went off to pursue my first love, the study of economic history. After graduation, thanks to fate and luck, I ended up in the investment department of a New York City bank and discovered the investment field was in desperate need of leaders who could fuse the worldliness and breadth of the humanities with an analytical, science-oriented mind. At Glenmede, I am afforded the opportunity to encourage this same thinking not only in our investment practice, but across all lines of our business. Our advisors and planners handling complex client matters related to evolving trust and estate law, our investment professionals managing portfolios amid volatile markets, and our human resource professionals cultivating talent all benefit from being able to tackle problems in unexpected, thoughtful ways.
We embrace thoughtful innovation as a meaningful way of conducting business and believe it results from the commingling of an understanding of history, tradition and human behavior with a STEM mindset. As such, we are committed to developing individuals as they advance in their careers, encouraging them to tap into both of these ways of thinking. We facilitate collaborative workshops with our managers around coaching and providing feedback, invest in personal growth through continued learning certifications, and have developed a large suite of interactive e-learning topics to provide supplemental education.
The implementation of experiential learning programs for our interns and associates is a testament to our commitment to learning and development. These programs not only immerse our early career professionals into a function but give them exposure to other facets of the business as well. We provide them with direct access to leaders of business lines and not only accept, but encourage, feedback. These experiential learning programs culminate in an Innovation Challenge in which participants are tasked with applying the skills they have learned to evaluate a challenge at Glenmede and present a solution to senior management. We believe the cultivation of our early career professionals will meaningfully impact not only their careers, but the very future of Glenmede.
Glenmede understands the value of diversity from an educational, personal and professional perspective. From an investment perspective, the merging of investment science with the desire for impact and diversity has enabled us to generate new ideas and test new strategies while creating measurable social and environmental impact alongside financial returns.
From a client engagement perspective, we strive to ensure our employee population consists of a wide range of cultures, backgrounds and beliefs. Through these efforts we are able to understand and represent multiple perspectives and provide the highest levels of thoughtful consultation to our clients.
One population we have made an effort to ensure is well represented across the firm is women. More than half of our management committee is represented by women, one-third of our client-facing staff is women, and since 1972, women have served on our board of directors. We understand and appreciate the many roles women play and are committed to fostering the growth of female employees through coaching, career development and a family-friendly work environment. In addition to our internal efforts, we partner with Million Women Mentors (MWM), a STEMconnector initiative, which seeks to encourage mentoring relationships in STEM fields in an effort to increase the number of women pursuing careers in these areas.
We are also committed to supporting underprivileged youth within our local community. Through our work with City Year, we have helped close the gap between student needs and school resources in high-poverty communities. We partner directly with Cristo Rey High School in Philadelphia to provide opportunities for students to gain early exposure to STEM fields, thus further expanding their horizons as they consider future educational opportunities and career training.
As I look forward to the future, I am excited about the vast opportunities for growth both within Glenmede and within STEM fields. We will retain a fiduciary culture consistent with investing and responsible advice, while leaning forward to thoughtfully innovate ahead of changing markets and client needs. Maintaining our collaborative environment and cultivating the next generation of employees, while embracing diversity, will be instrumental to driving our success.