Dana Sherwood

As a business manager of global technology at Merrill Lynch, Dana Sherwood maintains cutting-edge client service. As co-leader of the company’s LGBT Professional Network, she advocates for Merrill Lynch’s gay and lesbian personnel and recruits LGBT employees to promote diversity and meritocracy at the storied financial powerhouse. In New York’s financial district and elsewhere, LGBT recruitment is a movement on the rise. “It’s been widespread across Wall Street, and it’s still growing,” says Sherwood, who was honored last year with a Merrill Lynch Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion Award. This Pride month, Sherwood went to the floor of the New York Stock Exchange to perform the coveted honor of ringing the opening bell. “I am an example of a gay woman who has moved up through leadership experience within the Network,” she says. –CL

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