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BISA's Diversity & Inclusion Committee Rising Star Program 

Program Description

The Rising Star Program is an exclusive BISA-sponsored recognition and leadership development program for young professionals. The program is designed to foster professional growth, leadership growth and career advancement for diverse individuals through mentoring, networking events and volunteer opportunities. 

This exclusive program is limited to up to 15 new Rising Stars each year. Please note, only one individual per BISA member may be recognized in this program. 

Program Guidelines

The requirements to be an eligible Rising Star candidate are as follows:

  • Must be an employee of a member firm
  • Considers themselves a Young Professional*
  • Contributes significantly to his/her organization
  • Is a team player and exemplifies excellent leadership skills
  • Exhibits dedication to the financial services industry

*Young Professionals are considered up to age 40. Special consideration can be given to specific cases.


Benefits and Opportunities Provided to Rising Stars 


First year:

  • Pre-Annual Convention Conference Call
  • Complimentary registration and hotel to the Annual Convention
  • Recognition at the BISA Annual Convention
  • Participation in BISA Annual Convention activities
    • Opportunity to participate in a Rising Star breakout session and/or peer group roundtable
    • Rising Star Networking event during the Convention
  • Post-Annual Convention Peer Group Project
  • Mentorship Program – See below for details
  • Reimbursement for Certification and Leadership Programs - Limited to 5 Rising Stars each year, see below for details
  • Opportunities to be featured throughout the year within BISA Portfolio, Social Media accounts, etc.
  • Inclusion in all calls designated for Rising Stars
  • Contact list of past and present Rising Stars


Alumni Program (after first year):

  • Complimentary registration and hotel to the Annual Convention - Only offered for 1 year after serving as a Rising Star
  • Invitation to participate in BISA Annual Convention activities dedicated to Rising Stars
  • Invitation to participate in Post-Annual Convention Peer Group Project
  • Opportunities to be featured within BISA Portfolio, Social Media accounts, etc.
  • Invitation to all calls designated for Rising Stars
  • Contact list of past and present Rising Stars

Mentorship Program

Mission:  The mission of the Rising Star Mentorship Program is to provide a resource for BISA Rising Stars to:

  • Gain more knowledge of the financial services industry
  • Have more exposure to senior leaders
  • Receive career coaching and advice
  • Gain more exposure to career opportunities

The mission will also allow senior leaders of BISA to:

  • Create a talent pool of future leaders
  • Provide leadership and coaching skills to future leaders
  • Transfer the knowledge of current business practices
  • Gain a better perspective of current views of future leaders 

Program Guidelines:

  • Rising Stars will be assigned a BISA senior leader as a mentor
  • Mentors and Mentees are assigned to work together for a minimum of one year
  • Must connect a minimum of 3 times a year via phone or face to face – contact is driven by the mentee
  •  At the end of one year, the mentor and mentee will provide a recap of the experience i.e. (were both parties actively engaged, was this time well spent, would they recommend it to future rising stars, what did they like about the program, what did they not like about the program, what would they change etc.)

Mentor Responsibilities:

  • Be accessible to the mentee and be willing to share knowledge and experience openly and honestly
  • Challenge mentee to think, learn and grow to his/her potential
  • Support mentee in development of his/her profession and career
  • Be a catalyst, a sounding board and a critic - provide guidance and feedback
  • Set example of values, ethics and professional practices
  • Help the mentee establish a professional network to enhance mentee’s career potential

Mentee Responsibilities:

  • Fully participate in the mentoring relationship - manage the meeting process (set meeting times and follow up)
  • Know their strengths and weaknesses in their current role and be willing to discuss them
  • Communicate honestly with the mentor
  • Take ownership of their own effectiveness and success
  • Remain open to feedback
  • Implement feedback and track success

Certification & Leadership Reimbursement Program

To continue the growth of the Rising Star Program and the individuals within the program, the Diversity & Inclusion Committee will reimburse up to 5 Rising Stars to receive an industry specific certification or leadership program. The intent is to recognize and develop diverse talent among our member firms with the desire to help train our future leaders.

How to Apply

Applicants can either be nominated by their member companies or sign up on their own. Nominations open October 1 and all submissions must be received by October 31 for the Diversity & Inclusion Committee to review. Applicants will be notified at the beginning of December. View a sample application here to ensure you're prepared when nominations open October 1.  In order for the Diversity & Inclusion Committee to review, submissions must be received by Thursday, October 31, 2019. Applicants will be notified by the beginning of December.

Contact Us

Questions or concerns about the program? Contact Faith Walters at

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