Mergers & Acquisitions names the 2021 PE Leaders in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, including Verdun Perry, global head of Blackstone Strategic Partners at Blackstone.

Raising the profile of private equity career opportunities to traditionally non-target students requires outreach, action that’s no stranger to Verdun Perry. Events across the country featured him as a speaker this year: Sponsors for Education Opportunity, VC Include Fellows Program, and Great Diamond Partners AlphaME high school program to name a few. Perry comes to these events with more than just words: he’s helped expand Blackstone Inc.’s (NYSE: BX) recruitment pool to include historically black colleges and universities, bringing on-campus outreach to 44 schools versus 9 in 2015. And Blackstone’s Future Diverse Leaders Program taps rising juniors to get training and networking exposure to finance professionals.