Since its inception over 25 years ago, DDJ and its employees have demonstrated a strong sense of corporate citizenship. With a commitment to improving the quality of life for its surrounding communities and beyond, the firm and its employees are actively engaged in efforts throughout the year to support others and raise awareness about important causes.
DDJ’s Corporate Citizenship Program consists of three core components: 1) Community Partnerships, 2) Diversity & Inclusion and 3) Employee Volunteerism. Overall, DDJ is proud that giving back to communities is part of its regular operating philosophy.
DDJ has well-established partnerships with several local and national organizations. The firm’s primary focus has been on supporting communities in the Greater Boston area particularly in the areas of food insecurity, children with challenging family and/or learning circumstances and mentorship.
Big Brothers Big SistersFor many years, DDJ has supported the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. Learn More
Employees have participated in annual fundraisers as well as information sessions about the various BBBS program offerings. From their annual Big Night event to golf outings, DDJ has supported this important organization whose mission is to is to partner with under-resourced families to provide their children with transformational, one-to-one professionally-supported relationships with caring adult mentors, so that their children will thrive. www.emassbigs.org
The Children’s TrustDDJ is a proud sponsor of The Children’s Trust, an organization whose mission is to stop child abuse in Massachusetts. Learn More
The Children’s Trust creates programs to help parents develop skills and knowledge to support a safe and healthy family. Each year, employees participate in the Annual Gala to help raise money for the organization’s programs and to honor sponsors. In 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Children’s Trust Annual Gala was held virtually. In true DDJ spirit, employees submitted photos of their children for a DDJ sponsorship video that was spotlighted at the Gala. David Breazzano, DDJ’s President, opened the video with his thoughts on the importance of the Children’s Trust and those who have joined in their mission. Approximately 400 guests gathered this evening in support of the mission and to celebrate the extraordinary work that they do every day! Dave also serves on the Board of the Children’s Trust. https://childrenstrustma.org/
Fresh Start Furniture BankDDJ has held numerous highly successful drives for the Fresh Start Furniture Bank, an organization that helps individuals and families create their new homes, often while overcoming challenging circumstances such as domestic abuse, addiction, post war acclimation, etc. Learn More
DDJ employees have given both their time and home goods to this needed and valued organization. A DDJ employee who volunteers weekly at Fresh Start initially introduced the firm to this organization. https://freshstartfurniturebank.org/
Greater Boston Food BankFood insecurity is a top-of-mind cause that desperately needs supporting. Learn More
DDJ employees have donated time, food, and funds to support GBFB, whose mission is to end hunger here and is committed to providing at least three healthy meals a day to everyone in need. Together, DDJ employees have worked in their warehouse to sort food and package up boxes of meals. A senior manager at DDJ also serves on the Board of The Greater Boston Food Bank. https://www.gbfb.org/
Middlesex Human Service AgencyA more recent partnership for DDJ, the MHSA provides intensive, emergency support to those affected by homelessness, substance use disorders and food insecurity. Learn More
DDJ directly provides funds to their nutrition programs that support a daily soup kitchen and weekly food pantry for those in need. DDJ is planning to commence in-person volunteer efforts with this organization in 2021. https://www.mhsainc.org/
New England Center and Home for VeteransFor years, employees have enjoyed giving back to the veteran community. Learn More
The New England Center and Home for Veterans (NECHV) is a national leader in housing and serving veterans who are at-risk of homelessness. Each holiday season, DDJ employees purchase and wrap gifts requested by veterans and their family members. More recently, the NECHV shared a need for laptops that the residents could use to communicate with friends and family during the COVID-19 pandemic. DDJ employees quickly gathered funds to purchase a number of laptops, which the firm subsequently delivered to NECHV. https://www.nechv.org/
Read to A Child programDDJ has partnered with the Read to a Child program for several years. Learn More
The mission of Read to a Child is to foster a love of reading, improve literacy skills, and empower underserved children by inspiring adults to read to them regularly. Outside of the 2020 pandemic school year, employees across DDJ have volunteered weekly to read to elementary school students in Waltham. Employees enjoy reading with the same students year after year, culminating with a celebration of their students’ reading success at the annual ceremony. Employees who choose to be part of this program receive formal training and materials to ensure that the volunteering experience is a positive one for everyone while at all times promoting a joy for reading. https://readtoachild.org/boston/
Rosie’s PlaceEach year, DDJ compiles bags of toiletries for Rosie’s Place whose mission is to provide a safe and nurturing environment that helps poor and homeless women maintain their dignity, seek opportunity and find security in their lives. Learn More
As part of this DDJ effort, employees are encouraged to donate those items that are unused and given to them during hotel stays throughout the year. http://www.rosiesplace.org/
United WayEach year, DDJ donates hundreds of boxes of food as part of United Way’s Thanksgiving Project food drive. Learn More
Additionally, employees gather annually for United ‘s Thanksgiving Project, which gives everyone the opportunity to assemble bags with various food items for families in need. Since 2009, the Thanksgiving Project has grown to support more than 7,500 families each year – that’s well over 25,000 people annually! DDJ enjoys a long relationship with the United Way and has two senior employees who serve on its Board. https://unitedwaymassbay.org/
Diversity & Inclusion
DDJ’s Diversity & Inclusion Mission: DDJ believes that embracing diversity is paramount to creating and maintaining a culture that drives employee collaboration, enhances our business results and advances our commitment to excellence. DDJ is committed to and prioritizes diversity across age, gender, religion, race, sexual orientation, disability, national origin, experience and thought.
Through employee education, community engagement and recruiting efforts, DDJ strives to create a more diverse workplace, foster a greater awareness of the importance of diversity and inclusion and provide opportunities to underrepresented communities. DDJ believes that possessing a broader set of backgrounds and perspectives results in better decision-making, which is critical to the firm’s sustainability and long-term success.
DDJ is committed to creating, fostering and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion. DDJ’s diversity initiatives are applicable to its policies on compensation, benefits, recruiting, hiring, training, promoting, professional development, terminations and the ongoing evolution of its work environment. DDJ embraces and encourages its employees’ differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make each of its employees unique.
Since its inception, DDJ has been deliberate in its efforts to be inclusive and supportive of different perspectives, backgrounds and beliefs. DDJ believes that such diversity is a critical element contributing to successful business outcomes as well as the retention of talented employees. In 2020, DDJ launched its formal Diversity & Inclusion Council made up of employee volunteers across the firm’s departments. This Council, supported by the management operating committee, is leading the effort to create annual objectives and plans to address diversity associated with recruiting, increasing employee awareness, and retaining talent. The Council also engages outside experts to assist with programming opportunities for all employees.
DDJ also has implemented an affirmative action plan and is partnering with various organizations to support diversity both within and outside of the investment industry.
100 Women in FinanceSeveral employees participate in the 100 Women in Finance educational and networking opportunities. Learn More
100 Women in Finance’s near 20,000 registered members strengthen the global finance industry by empowering women to achieve their professional potential at each career stage. Its members “inspire, equip and advocate for a new generation of industry leadership, in which women and men serve as investment professionals and executives, equal in achievement and impact.” https://100women.org/
Boston Women in FinanceBeyond recruiting diverse talent, DDJ has joined and participated in events sponsored by particular organizations in and around the Boston area that foster diversity. Learn More
Specifically, DDJ is a member of Boston Women in Finance, which holds regular networking and professional development opportunities for investment firms around Massachusetts. The goal for Boston Women in Finance is to highlight thought leadership in Finance across multiple industries and to connect this community of women professionals. DDJ encourages employee participation in the Boston CFA Society events as well, several of which have been geared toward women in finance. https://www.bostonwomeninfinance.org/
The Investment Diversity ExchangeVarious DDJ employees are members of The Investment Diversity Exchange, whose mission is to promote diversity & inclusion within the investment industry. Learn More
Described as “the united front for the voice of minorities and a force of diverse race, ethnicity, color, gender, sexual orientation and thought,” The Investment Diversity Exchange offers educational and networking opportunities to DDJ employees. https://www.tidexchange.com/
Laura Liswood "Moving Beyond Diversity & Embracing Differences"In the spring of 2021, the firm participated in an in-depth facilitation session with Laura Liswood, Secretary General of the Council of Women World Leaders. The Council of Women World Leaders is composed of women presidents, prime ministers, and heads of government. Liswood co-founded the Council with President Vigdís Finnbogadóttir of Iceland. Learn More
Laura is an international, award-winning speaker on the issues of leadership and diversity as well as an author of several books. Laura’s multi-faceted career (including serving as Managing Director and Senior Advisor at Goldman Sachs, CEO of American Society of Training and Development, Boston Consulting Group, Advisor to Secretary of Defense, Trustee of World Economic Forum, and reserve police officer for 13 years in Washington DC) allowed for helpful teaching and engaging lessons for the DDJ Team.
Among many other topics, DDJ employees explored the ideas of dominant versus non-dominant groups, group think, (dis)comfort giving feedback and where we unconsciously learn our biases. Touching on a wide range of diversity and inclusion issues that affect all of us in the workplace and beyond, Laura was able to ask questions, share stories and give examples that illustrated the effects of our individual biases and differing communication styles on our daily work interactions and performance. https://www.lauraliswood.com/
Massachusetts High Technology CouncilDDJ is an active member of the Massachusetts High Technology Council, Inc., an organization of CEOs and senior executives representing technology companies, professional services firms, and research institutions who are dedicated to creating and sustaining conditions that support investment, job growth and improved quality of life in Massachusetts. Learn More
The Council’s effective public policy mission and COVID-19 Response Initiative is enhanced with actionable programming through their Diversity, Equity and Opportunity Initiatives. The Council’s Women in Leadership Initiative, together with McKinsey & Company, identifies and promotes proven strategies for recruiting, retaining, and promoting women into leadership responsibilities across all organizations. The Council’s Black Representation & Equity Initiative, together with Bain & Company, marks the beginning of a 10-year commitment by participating High Tech Council members to increasing Black employee representation at all levels in their respective organizations to approximate or exceed the level of diversity within the community. DDJ is a regular participant of these meetings that include presentations from various thought leaders and senior executives in Massachusetts. http://www.mhtc.org/
Minds Matter BostonDDJ is excited to support Minds Matter Boston. Learn More
The mission of this organization is to help students from low-income backgrounds not only win acceptance into the college of their choice, but ensure that these students are best prepared—academically, socially, and financially—to persist through and succeed in college. DDJ was formally introduced to this organization by an employee who has been on its Board for eight years. https://www.mindsmatterboston.org/
Posse Foundation / Union CollegeDDJ has worked with the Dean of Diversity and Inclusion and the head of the Career Center at Union College to lay the groundwork for a partnership with the Posse Program participants at Union. Learn More
The primary aim of the Posse Program is to expand the pool from which top colleges and universities can recruit leaders from diverse backgrounds. In addition to Posse Program participants. DDJ has recently hired its first Posse Scholar from Union College, who began working with the investment accounting team in June 2020 and subsequently accepted an offer of full-time employment to join the firm in March 2021.
Vendors / Recruiting FirmsWith respect to professional services, DDJ actively works with several vendors that are certified women-owned businesses, including, for example, HR Works, Inc., Margaret Belanger Photography and Brunner Communications. Learn More
DDJ has also partnered with an external recruitment agency that is a women-owned business (M2 Partners) and continuously explores using a certified minority-owned business (The Panthers Group) for its recruitment efforts. https://hrworks-inc.com/, https://margaretbelanger.com/, https://lizbrunner.com/, https://m2-partners.com/, https://www.thepanthergrp.com/
White Paper ChallengeIn the summer of 2020, DDJ sponsored a “White Paper Challenge” inviting college undergraduates to submit an investment paper addressing the following topic: “Does Board Diversity Impact Corporate Performance?” Learn More
This opportunity was designed to encourage college-aged students to explore the issues of diversity as they relate to corporate operations and success. https://insights.ddjcap.com/blog/introducing-the-ddj-capital-management-white-paper-challenge
Women in Investing (WIN) ConferencesDDJ maintains a long-standing relationship with the Cornell Women in Investing (WIN) Conference. Learn More
This program is hosted by Cornell’s Johnson School of Business and brings together women graduate (MBA) and undergraduate students from top business programs in the United States with professionals in the investment management industry. For years, David Breazzano, DDJ’s president and chief investment officer, has been a speaker at the conference, while other DDJ employees have served on panels that discuss distinct topics in the investment industry. Recently, DDJ employees have participated in the undergraduate WIN Conference, also sponsored by Cornell University. https://www.johnson.cornell.edu/parker-center-for-investment-research/mba-women-in-investing-conference/
DDJ employees have long been enthusiastic volunteers as part of DDJ’s formal efforts, as well as on their own outside of work. The passion for giving back to our communities is part of the DDJ fabric. Annually, employees get together to run, bike, read, sort and pack food bags, and wrap gifts, among other efforts to support our communities.
In addition to DDJ’s ongoing volunteer opportunities, the firm recognizes that employees have their individual passions and causes that are special to them. In support of employees, the firm offers volunteer time off to enable participation in non-work volunteer efforts that are particularly meaningful to employees. DDJ’s ongoing volunteering efforts include:
Biking for a CureThe Pan Mass Challenge is a bikeathon held annually to raise money for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Learn More
Like so many organizations, DDJ and its employees have needed to deal with the terrible effects that cancer can have. Employees, clients and loved ones are all severely impacted by this disease. Over the past decade, DDJ has had several “regular” riders who participate in the biking. This team of bikers, together with the support of DDJ, have raised awareness about cancer, along with funds, which 100% go directly to cancer research. https://www.pmc.org/
Collecting food and packing mealsEach year, DDJ donates hundreds of boxes of food as part of United Way’s Thanksgiving Project food drive. Learn More
Additionally, employees gather annually for United Way’s Thanksgiving Project, which gives everyone the opportunity to assemble bags with various food items for families in need. Since 2009, the Thanksgiving Project has grown to support more than 7,500 families each year – that’s well over 25,000 people annually! DDJ enjoys a long relationship with the United Way. https://unitedwaymassbay.org/
Food insecurity is a top-of-mind cause that desperately needs supporting. DDJ has generously given time, food and funds to support the Greater Boston Food Bank, whose mission is to work passionately to end hunger across Eastern Massachusetts by providing our neighbors in need the healthy food and resources they need to thrive. Together, DDJ employees have worked in the food warehouse to sort food and package up boxes of meals. https://www.gbfb.org/
Donating BloodPrior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, DDJ had initiated a partnership with the American Red Cross. Learn More
Motivated by employees who were already giving blood on their own time, the firm decided to organize its own blood drive. Led by DDJ, invitations to participate were sent to tenants throughout our office park. In addition to offering regular donors the convenience of getting blood drawn at the office, many first-time donors contributed as well. www.RedCrossBlood.org
Giving back to veteransFor years, employees have enjoyed giving back to the veteran community. Learn More
The New England Center and Home for Veterans (NECHV) is a national leader in housing and serving Veterans who are at-risk of homelessness. Each holiday season, DDJ employees purchase and wrap gifts requested by veterans and their family members. More recently, the NECHV shared a need for laptops that the residents could use to communicate with friends and family during the pandemic. DDJ employees quickly put together funds, purchased and delivered laptops. https://www.nechv.org/
Reading Weekly to Elementary School StudentsDDJ has partnered with the Read to a Child program for several years. Learn More
The mission of Read to a Child is to foster a love of reading, improve literacy skills, and empower underserved children by inspiring adults to read to them regularly. Employees across DDJ volunteer weekly to read to students at an elementary school in Waltham. Employees enjoy being assigned to the same students year after year and celebrating their students’ reading success at the annual ceremony. Employees who choose to be part of this program receive formal training and materials to ensure that the volunteering experience is a positive one for everyone and promotes a joy for reading. https://readtoachild.org/boston/
Running for CausesEach year, a team of DDJ employees gather to participate in The JP Morgan Corporate Challenge in Boston. Learn More
This 3.5-mile road race is a team event that may include running, walking or simply getting together for post-race festivities with colleagues. Each year, employees look forward to this event that supports different non-profit organizations, such as Inspire Arts and Music. The race is organized to promote corporate wellness and is yet another opportunity for DDJ employees to have fun together while supporting the Boston community. https://www.jpmorganchasecc.com/