Not just History.
Our Story is Your Story.

At Baird, we're proud of our more than 100 year history – and we know it has been shaped by the women who helped make it. From Frieda Mueller, one of 12 partners who signed our application to join the New York Stock Exchange in 1948, to Leslie Dixon, Mary Ellen Stanek and Laura Thurow, who serve on our executive committee today, women at Baird have led with passion, vision and wisdom. These traits are shared by women at all levels of the firm. Together we serve the financial needs of an ever-increasing number of women clients whose unique definitions of success and personal visions for the future give us purpose.

Today and every day, we celebrate your stories.

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HER View From Here

Career Insights From Women in Financial Services

Mary Ellen Stanek, President of Baird Funds and Chief Investment Officer for Baird Advisors talks to other successful women at Baird about their careers and the passions that drive them.

In our latest podcast, Ashley Price details her rapid rise from intern to Diversity Talent Advisor for Baird's Private Wealth Management business.

Expertise You Can Rely On

All of Baird's businesses – whether serving individuals and families or corporations, municipalities and institutions – are committed to helping people make important financial decisions. We provide insight and perspective to help you make them with confidence and – because we are employee-owned and free from distractions that can come with outside shareholders – certainty that your success is our priority.

Bringing Education to Market

Chrissy Wostmann, CEO of n2y, shares how Baird was the right investment banking partner for her.

What is Wealth Management?

Kathy Carey, Director of Investment Research and Advanced Planning, explains how Baird helps people make smart financial decisions in all areas of their lives.

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Putting the Best to Work for You

Baird's Financial Advisors have earned repeated national recognition and include some of the top-ranked women advisors in our industry

Where Great Careers Grow

At Baird we pride ourselves on being a destination of choice for top talent in our industry and a best workplace for women. Our uniquely entreprenurial-yet-collaborative clients-first culture is designed to fuel your professional success and enhance your personal fulfillment.

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Profiles: The Women of Baird

Katie Jackson, an associate branch manager in Milwaukee, talks about why she finds financial services to be a rewarding field to work in and what she learned from Mike Ditka

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A Best Workplace for Women

Our commitment to addressing gender issues and promoting inclusion for all our associates are among the reasons Baird is recognized as one of the 2020 Best Workplaces for Women by Fortune® and Great Place to Work®

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Sharing Stories of Strength

Discover how Baird's International Women's Day event inspired our associates through personal and career reflections from former NFL coach Katie Sowers and thoughtful answers to important questions from the firm's senior leaders.

A Caring Community Partner

At the end of the day everything we do at Baird is with the goal of improving people's lives and futures. That's a passion that extends beyond what we do for our clients and fuels our commitment to giving back in the communities we share.

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A Bright Future

Baird's partnership with Cristo Rey Jesuit High School gives interns invaluable work experience and enables us to mentor and develop next-gen talent like Victoria Rios. Learn more about her time with Baird Advisors.

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Guiding the Next Generation

Laura Thurow, Director of Wealth Solutions and Operations for Private Wealth Management, was recognized as one of the Milwaukee Business Journal's Women of Influence.

Baird is Proud to Support these Organizations:
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Ensuring Your Future, One Decision at a Time

Today women control the majority of personal wealth in the United States and many are the sole or final financial decision-makers for households and businesses. A Baird Financial Advisor's first job is to get to know and understand you – your goals, your concerns and the things that are most important to you. Then they draw on Baird's extensive planning and investment expertise – and coordinate with your existing tax and legal professionals – to help ensure those decisions are the right ones for you.

–Laura Thurow, Director of Wealth Solutions

Kathy Carey, Director of Investment Research and Advanced Planning, explains how Baird helps people make smart financial decisions in all areas of their lives.

A Wealth of Advice

Coming from diverse backgrounds and experiences, supported by in-house planning and investment specialists, and informed by premier market insights, Baird's Financial Advisors are committed to helping you achieve your financial goals.

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A Focus on Women's Needs

Your financial needs are as unique as the life you lead and the dreams you have. Our Financial Advisors have successfully navigated the kinds of important decisions that lie ahead.

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Planning for Your Future

Whether you're paying off student loans, saving for retirement or just thinking about what you want from life, planning is essential – and it begins with making sure your money is working for you today.

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Preparing for the Unexpected

Planning ahead is important, but the greatest value a Financial Advisor can offer is peace of mind when the markets aren't doing well and life isn't going according to your plans. Be prepared with the right financial partner.

Where the Best Build Success

National recognition as a great place to work has brought some of the most successful women Financial Advisors to Baird. And our commitment to mentoring and helping women grow in their careeers helps us attract promising new talent as well.

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Women in Wealth

ThinkAdvisor talks to Katie Costigan, Director of Experienced Advisor Recruiting, and Laura Callahan, Director of Private Wealth Management Talent, about 2021 goals, the integration of Hilliard Lyons advisors, recruiting during the pandemic and efforts to boost diversity.

A Different Kind of Firm

Karen Heintz, Market Director with Private Wealth Management, explains why good Financial Advisors choose Baird for themselves and their clients. Hear more from Baird's leaders about what it's like to work here.

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Our Investment in You

We believe the best ideas come from passionate professionals working together. Our associate resource groups and the Baird Women Advisors Network drive new innovations and ways of thinking that keep our women advisors at the forefront of our industry.

A Caring Community Partner

Baird's women financial advisors care about the communities we share with our clients. Many serve on the boards of local organizations and more support those causes as volunteers – because a desire to improve people's lives and futures is why we do what we do.

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Opening Doors in Evansville

The Hollander Group in Baird's Evansville Private Wealth Management office is helping build better futures for those in need with Habitat for Humanity.

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Guiding the Next Generation

Laura Thurow, Director of Wealth Solutions and Operations for Private Wealth Management, was recognized as one of the Milwaukee Business Journal's Women of Influence.

Baird is Proud to Support these Organizations:
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Girls on the Run logo
Professional Dimensions logo
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Where the Best Ideas Win

For corporations and institutions, success is often the result of connecting the best ideas with the right people. At Baird, we've always believed the best ideas come from teams with meaningful experience, diverse backgrounds and complementary perspectives – people who may view and think about goals, needs and possible solutions a little differently, but with a common focus on our clients' success. This philosophy is one of the main reasons smart, talented women choose to work with Baird – as clients or as our associates – and it's absolutely a key driver of our shared success.

–Mary Ellen Stanek, President of Baird Funds and Chief Investment Officer for Baird Advisors

Chrissy Wostmann, CEO of n2y, shares how Baird was the right investment banking partner to help her company bring education to market.

Enabling Great Outcomes

Across Baird and around the world, women are playing key roles in making great things happen for clients of our asset management, global investment banking, public finance, fixed income sales & trading, institutional equities & research and private equity businesses.

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A Most Influential Woman

Mary Ellen Stanek wears many hats at Baird and her perspective informs more than important decisions for our firm – she's shaping our industry. That's why she's one of Barron's Most Influential Women in Finance.

Learn About this Honor

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Our Own Mid-Market Maven

From bespoke buyer lists to an appetite for innovation and efficiency, Maria Watts has made an impact at Baird Global Investment Banking. So it's no surprise to us that she is one of Mergers & Acquisitions' Most Influential Women in Mid-Market M&A.

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Profiles: The Women of Baird

Jan Bartholomew, a Managing Director for public finance in Houston talks about the importance of having a mentor and how the world has changed during her career – for the better.

A Best Workplace for Women

National recognition as a great place to work has brought some of the most successful women in our industry to Baird. And we are committed to attracting, developing and retaining top emerging talent across our businesses.

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Profiles: The Women of Baird

Jennifer Grayson, Baird's COO of Equities, talks about how growing up in a large family led her to appreciate the value of a strong team, and what it takes for her to feel that all is right with the world

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A Best Workplace for Women

Our commitment to addressing gender issues and promoting inclusion for all our associates are among the reasons Baird is recognized as one of the 2020 Best Workplaces for Women by Fortune® and Great Place to Work®

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Ascend with Baird

Through professional development programs, networking opportunities and special events, our ASCEND associate resource group helps women at Baird realize their full professional potential.

Committed to Our Communities

Baird is committed to making a positive impact in the communities where we live and work. In addition to providing financial support for education, health care, artistic and other causes, many of our associates serve on the boards of qualified non-profit organizations and more volunteer personally with local organizations.

Victoria Rios, onstage at Baird Event with Paul Purcell and Steve Booth.

A Bright Future

Baird's partnership with Cristo Rey Jesuit High School gives interns invaluable work experience and enables us to mentor and develop next-gen talent like Victoria Rios. Learn more about her time with Baird Advisors.

Learn more
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Making a Difference

The individual efforts of our associates with support from the Baird Foundation have made a meaningful difference in people's lives and communities.

Baird is Proud to Support these Organizations:
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Professional Dimensions logo
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