A Letter from Steve Booth, Baird Chairman & CEO

Baird has helped LGBTQ individuals and families plan their financial futures for years. We also pride ourselves on being a workplace where people feel comfortable being their genuine selves and that appreciates them for who they are.

Whether you’re a client with questions about what’s happening in your financial life, one of our associates looking to be and do your best while enriching our culture, or a member of one of the many communities we serve, Baird is committed to meeting the needs and addressing the financial concerns of LGBTQ individuals and families.

Steven G. Booth signature

Our Commitment to LGBTQ Individuals and Families

The Supreme Court’s 2015 landmark ruling on marriage equality opened many doors for LGBTQ couples. However, we recognize that, particularly for those in domestic partnerships, there may still be financial complexities to navigate.

Baird’s Private Wealth Management group helps you plan and build the life you envision for yourself and those you care about. Some of our Financial Advisors have attained specialized credentials like the Accredited Domestic Partner Advisor (ADPA) designation through the College of Financial Planning. And our in-house team of experts can work with your Baird Financial Advisor to address your specific planning and other financial needs.

Three gender fluid friends pose and smile for photo.

Our Commitment to our LGBTQ Associates

Having a Corporate Equality Index score of 100% and nationally recognized as a great place to work, we aim to recruit and retain talent that reflects the diversity in the world around us. We are committed to providing resources and development opportunities for all of our associates, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work for 2024 Logo
Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For®

Baird ranked No. 34 on the 2024 list, our 21st consecutive year among the nation's best employers.

Spectrum Associate Resource Group

As Baird's LGBTQ associate resource group, Spectrum provides educational sessions, networking opportunities, and social outings for LGBTQ associates and allies.

We strive to create a workplace where everyone feels both welcomed and encouraged to be their authentic selves every day. As underscored in our Associate Promise, Baird is committed to providing an inclusive environment that values everyone’s unique perspectives and contributions.


Portrait of male with round, black glasses, curly, dark brown hair and beard wearing a teal button down and black blazer with blurred street in the background.
Portrait of contented transgender female with blurred park or riverwalk in background.
Rainbow flag at pride parade with blurred participants in the background

Our Commitment to the LGBTQ Community

Baird Vice Chairman, John Taft, embodies the firm’s commitment to LGBTQ equality. As the father and stepfather of two LGBTQ women, he is passionate about the cause and is a vocal champion of the community within Baird and within the communities we serve.

"Supporting equality is a human value. We’re all equal and deserve to be treated as equals at work, at home and in our communities."

John Taft, Vice Chairman
Read more of John's Thoughts on the Value of Diversity
Professional headshot of John Taft with abstract background.