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Adams Street Partners celebrates inclusion and believes that diversity strengthens our business. We embrace different perspectives and cultures to generate great ideas which we believe brings value to our clients, our investments, and our communities. Adams Street is committed to increasing diversity within the financial markets by enhancing access, contributing to educational initiatives, and engaging staff in outreach opportunities.

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

Adams Street has marked the beginning of its 50th year with the launch of a program aimed at boosting opportunities for college graduates from diverse backgrounds to forge successful careers in private markets.

A year of anniversary activities begins with the announcement of an agreement to provide $150,000 over three years to support the Willie A. Deese College of Business and Economics at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. The Deese College of Business and Economics has approximately 1,800 students, 87% of whom are black and 95% of whom are from underrepresented populations.

Our Approach to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Adams Street & Our Communities

We increase access, actively educate, and engage personnel in outreach opportunities designed to bring diverse perspectives to our team and the private markets industry.

Our Investors

We promote initiatives aligned with our values and our investors’ values, seek to broaden investment offerings for a range of investors, and further expand relationships and engage with underrepresented groups seeking to access private markets.

Our Investments

We build relationships with diverse GPs and companies, provide proactive market leadership to increase CEO and board diversity, and expand industry partnerships to increase market awareness with diverse managers and companies.

Partner Organizations

Adams Street engages with a number of diversity-focused organizations through event sponsorship, conference participation, mentoring programs, student networking opportunities, and educational symposiums.

Adams Street by the Numbers


of employees globally are women and/or from diverse backgrounds


of firm’s equity owners are women and/or from diverse backgrounds


of firm’s senior professionals are women and/or from diverse backgrounds

We believe that diversity of perspectives fosters a culture of inclusion and equality among colleagues within Adams Street and generates great ideas that deliver better results to our investors and our general partners.

— Carolyn Flanagan,  Partner & Head of Human Resources

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