I’ve been struggling to find the perfect words, but I simply can’t wait any longer to say something. As CEO of Horizon Investments, I feel it’s my duty to condemn racism, discrimination, brutality and injustice in all forms and to affirm, unequivocally, that Black lives matter. The time is long overdue for me, and I hope for every business leader, to say: “This must end. We must do better.” But words aren’t enough. We have to do the work. We must use our leadership voices and privilege to take action — meaningful, sustained action — to end the systemic oppression of Black people in America.
As a member of the Money Management Institute’s Board of Governors and supporter of the Gateway Foundation, I’m pleased with the Board’s decision to establish an industry-wide Acknowledgment to Action > Impacting Change Initiative that will focus on financial literacy, employment equity and economic opportunity, among other agendas. And in the weeks and months ahead, I’ll be sharing specific steps Horizon is taking to increase diversity, inclusivity and equity within our own company and to promote racial justice and equity more broadly, especially within the financial services industry.
Will we get everything right? I know we’ll make mistakes. But please know this: Racism, discrimination, injustice and hatred have no home at Horizon. We stand in solidarity with the Black community and are committed to using our power and platform to challenge systemic racism and promote justice and equity. 2020 has given the world much to despair, but today I choose hope. Hope and action. Please join me.
President & CEO, Horizon Investment