How We Did It

A Culture That Fosters Excellence in All Areas

Positive attitudes are prevalent throughout all Stout offices, and all of our people have interesting stories to tell. Our professionals demonstrate relentless excellence not only in their daily roles, but beyond their job titles. Every year, Stout’s team members give back to their communities, work with charities, continually foster an environment of belonging, and pursue sustainability efforts. Proudly, our experts have dedicated countless hours to pro bono matters, serving those who need Stout’s expertise but lack financial means.

A Culture That Fosters Excellence in All Areas

Positive attitudes are prevalent throughout all Stout offices, and all of our people have interesting stories to tell. Our professionals demonstrate relentless excellence not only in their daily roles, but beyond their job titles. Every year, Stout’s team members give back to their communities, work with charities, continually foster an environment of belonging, and pursue sustainability efforts. Proudly, our experts have dedicated countless hours to pro bono matters, serving those who need Stout’s expertise but lack financial means.

Remarkable People at the Core of Everything We Do

Stout’s people form the foundation of our firm. Every year, our colleagues drive business success and put forth incredible effort to help our clients achieve their goals. Likewise, we strive to ensure that everyone can excel in their roles at Stout and build long-lasting careers.

Meet some of our professionals who are working hard to make our firm great.

Community Engagement

We take great pride in giving back to the community. Each year, our team members across all our offices contribute to volunteer efforts and provide financial support for various causes and organizations. In our most recent fiscal year, our colleagues contributed more than $75,000 and 500 volunteer hours.

Stout All Together

The Fall months allow our colleagues the opportunity to take time out of our day to partner with local volunteer organizations. Following are some details on how some of our offices made a difference in their communities.

New YORK

The New York office partnered with NYC Parks and spent the day conducting tree care on young trees around the city. This included hands-on work removing trash from tree beds, cultivating the soil, and spreading fresh mulch.

DETROIT

The Detroit office volunteered at Grace Centers of Hope, a nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the lives of the unwanted, addicted, and homeless. The crew helped decorate houses with holiday lights and do fall clean-up for some of the properties within the community.

Washington, DC

Members of the Washington, DC, office spent the afternoon preparing sandwiches and trail mix to be donated to Martha's Table, a nonprofit organization that provides support to children and families within the community by increasing access to quality education programs, healthy food, and family support. One week later, on October 25, the group visited Martha's Market, a year-round event hosted by Martha's Table, where they helped set up the market, performed healthy cooking demonstrations, and distributed produce to those in need.

Atlanta

The Atlanta office spent the day volunteering with Habitat for Humanity.  The team had a great day with paint brushes in hand, helping out an elderly couple maintain their home in English Avenue.  

Chicago

Members of the Chicago office volunteered at the Garfield Park Conservatory. They spent the day helping transport outdoor plants into the greenhouses, shoveled compost, and cleaned the lily pond.

Houston

The Houston office partnered with Boys and Girls Country, a nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the lives of children from families in crisis. They have provided a home to over 120 children and young adults over the past 45 years. Our Houston team spent the day on the College and Career Campus, painting homes, washing windows, cleaning floors, and organizing and cleaning cabinets.

Philadelphia

The Philadelphia office volunteered at MANNA, a nonprofit that delivers meals to individuals with serious illnesses. The company was started by dieticians, and the meals are designed to meet the nutritional needs of those with strict dietary guidelines. The Philadelphia team helped package roughly 800 individual white bean bulgur wheat salad containers and prepped almost an entire crate of fresh green beans. The organization relies heavily on its volunteers and depends on round the clock efforts in three-hour shifts. Each month MANNA delivers 95,000 meals to those in need.

Irvine

The team in our Irvine office spent a day volunteering for the Special Olympics Track and Field Games at Bolsa Grande High School with over 600 athletes. They had various tasks ranging from timekeeping, race starters, and handing out medals for all the 1st place through 8th place competitors!

Cleveland

Members from our Cleveland office team volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland. The Ronald McDonald House is an independent, nonprofit organization that provides housing and a support system for families during a most stressful time in their lives so that they can focus on the health of their children. Volunteers spent the day cleaning and organizing common areas, disinfecting toys, sorting and cataloging donated items, and providing lunch to families and staff.

Stout Teams Up With Convoy of Hope in Tanzania

Stout team members go beyond our borders for charitable causes. For the past several years, we have worked with Convoy of Hope and traveled to Haiti to build infrastructure and community buildings and deliver supplies for a village. For those who could not make the trips, we have engaged in fundraising efforts across all of our offices. In 2018, we unfortunately had to postpone our trip to Haiti due to political conflict in the Caribbean nation. However, with the assistance of Convoy of Hope, our team is traveling to Tanzania in early 2019 to work on various community projects serving two rural schools. As of December 2018, we had raised over $18,000 in support of this effort, as our team prepares for another rewarding experience.

Stout Teams Up With Convoy of Hope in Tanzania

Stout team members go beyond our borders for charitable causes. For the past several years, we have worked with Convoy of Hope and traveled to Haiti to build infrastructure and community buildings and deliver supplies for a village. For those who could not make the trips, we have engaged in fundraising efforts across all of our offices. In 2018, we unfortunately had to postpone our trip to Haiti due to political conflict in the Caribbean nation. However, with the assistance of Convoy of Hope, our team is traveling to Tanzania in early 2019 to work on various community projects serving two rural schools. As of December 2018, we had raised over $18,000 in support of this effort, as our team prepares for another rewarding experience.

Our Partnership With Cristo Rey High Schools

Stout has unique partnerships with high schools that are part of the Cristo Rey Network. In our Chicago and Detroit offices in 2018, we sponsored several Cristo Rey students as part of the Corporate Work Study Program, which offers high-quality education to lower-income communities. These students obtain real-world experience in a business setting, working within our offices one day a week during the school year and performing various office-related tasks. They attend school for the remaining four days of the week. Our sponsorship ensures that the students gain a quality high school education and also the skill-sets to succeed afterward.

Future Leaders in Finance Program

Stout's Future Leaders in Finance program provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to work with and learn from Stout's industry-leading professionals. This year, we more than tripled the attendance since last year and hosted 50 high-caliber students for the program. This three-day workshop held in our Chicago, Detroit, Houston, New York, and Los Angeles offices provided an interactive experience where students learned about the many aspects of the finance industry as well as what it is like to work at a financial services firm. Through a series of presentations, interactive examples, case studies, and expert panels, students built and developed the knowledge and skill sets one would need to begin a career in finance.
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Future Leaders in Finance Program

Stout's Future Leaders in Finance program provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to work with and learn from Stout's industry-leading professionals. This year, we more than tripled the attendance since last year and hosted 50 high-caliber students for the program. This three-day workshop held in our Chicago, Detroit, Houston, New York, and Los Angeles offices provided an interactive experience where students learned about the many aspects of the finance industry as well as what it is like to work at a financial services firm. Through a series of presentations, interactive examples, case studies, and expert panels, students built and developed the knowledge and skill sets one would need to begin a career in finance.
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Nonprofit Board Memberships

Stout colleagues in all of our locations also take their time to participate as board members and other positions in a number of nonprofit and charitable organizations.

  • American Cancer Society
  • Asian American Bar Association
  • Association for Conflict Resolution
  • Association of University Technology Managers
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago
  • Cenikor Foundation
  • Chicago Women in IP
  • Communities in Schools of Atlanta
  • Corporate Work Study Program
  • Financial and Estate Planning Council of Metropolitan Detroit
  • The First Tee
  • Forgotten Harvest
  • Friends of the Chicago River
  • Friends of the Parks
  • Girl Scouts of America
  • Grand Rapids Community Foundation
  • HFS Chicago Scholars
  • Houston Area Women's Chamber of Commerce
  • Houston Young Professionals Endeavor
  • Illinois Legal Aid Online
  • Intellectual Property Owners Association
  • International Trademark Association
  • Junior Achievement
  • Justice Foundation of West Michigan
  • Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth
  • Lawyers for the Creative Arts
  • Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago
  • Licensing Executives Society
  • Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
  • Lupus Foundation of America
  • March of Dimes
  • Mercy Home
  • Monte Jade
  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • Neuhaus Education Center
  • New Avenues to Independence
  • Odyssey House Texas
  • Perspectives Charter Schools
  • Respiratory Health Association
  • Texas Executive Women
  • Second Story
  • Special Olympics
  • YPO

Pro Bono Services

One of the most valuable services we offer to the community is our expertise. When people are in need, they often do not know where to turn – or simply cannot afford to pay for assistance. That’s why we provide pro bono services on a regular basis.

At Stout, we not only help low-income individuals rebuild their lives, we help foster the organizations that address the underlying issues and challenges faced by underserved populations. Since our Pro Bono practice was formed in 2008, we have supported more than 75 organizations, and eclipsed professional fees of $3.9 million contributed to pro bono service.
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Pro Bono Services

One of the most valuable services we offer to the community is our expertise. When people are in need, they often do not know where to turn – or simply cannot afford to pay for assistance. That’s why we provide pro bono services on a regular basis.

At Stout, we not only help low-income individuals rebuild their lives, we help foster the organizations that address the underlying issues and challenges faced by underserved populations. Since our Pro Bono practice was formed in 2008, we have supported more than 75 organizations, and eclipsed professional fees of $3.9 million contributed to pro bono service.
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Diversity & Inclusion

We continued our commitment to building and sustaining a corporate culture that values diversity and different perspectives in 2018. Our inclusive environment fosters innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit that benefits our clients and employees. Stout’s team of professionals offers our clients a broad range of capabilities, experience, and expertise, enhancing our ability to provide high-quality advisory services.

Diversity & Inclusion Conference

In May, more than 60 Stout colleagues gathered to discuss ways to expand our long-standing Women’s Resource Group and build a network of professionals engaged with diversity and inclusion matters. Topics discussed included recruiting diverse talent, developing inclusive leaders, building an inclusive work environment, and connecting with diverse clients. As a result of the conference, we created mentoring circles for working parents and interns, incorporated inclusion topics into our manager training program, and held a virtual student webinar to reach students at schools where we do not regularly recruit on campus.

Women in Business Scholarship

Each year, Stout awards scholarships to qualified female college students pursuing business-related careers. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide financial assistance to women who embody Stout's core values and ambitions to help them succeed in their pursuit of a business-related career. Nineteen students have received Stout Women in Business Scholarships since the program’s inception in 2013.
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Women in Business Scholarship

Each year, Stout awards scholarships to qualified female college students pursuing business-related careers. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide financial assistance to women who embody Stout's core values and ambitions to help them succeed in their pursuit of a business-related career. Nineteen students have received Stout Women in Business Scholarships since the program’s inception in 2013.
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Sustainability & Efficiency

Across the firm, we continue to optimize our office spaces through flexible solutions. These “flex” workplaces are designed to promote collaboration among colleagues, drive stronger business performance, and meet the many needs of Stout’s professionals. In July, and with a very warm reception, our Detroit team moved into our newest workplace, which leverages enhanced technology and maximizes space, tools, and resources.

In addition, the flex concept advances our firmwide sustainable efforts. We continue to reduce our carbon footprint by investing in virtual meeting platforms to minimize unnecessary travel. We limit our paper usage by distributing the majority of our collateral and materials through digital-only formats. And all of our offices are involved in environmentally sustainable best practices, from LEED-certified buildings to various “green” initiatives.