Pedro Suriel

Pedro Suriel

Pedro Suriel, senior vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion

MOMENTUM AWARD

Raymond James created a path to return to the workforce for women who left their jobs due to family care duties and other obligations.

The firm’s new Reinvest Program provides 12-week paid internships for women who want to resume their careers. In addition to the short-term job, participants can plug into a network of support and career development activities. At the conclusion of the program, they may be hired full-time by the firm.

The program launched in September and will conclude in December for the inaugural group of 10 women.

Applicants must have at least five years of professional experience and have been out of the workforce for at least two years.

“It’s like having a 12-week interview,” said Matt McDonough, senior vice president for talent acquisition. “It gives us a nice variety of individuals. They have a lot of skills that can translate into this space.”

Reinvest expands the spectrum of Raymond James initiatives designed to attract and retain women, such as its Women’s Inclusion Network. “It’s a bottom-up approach with the intention of creating awareness and networking opportunities for leadership and career development,” said Pedro Suriel, senior vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion. — Mark Schoeff Jr.