Emily Pitts began her Edward Jones career in 1995 as a financial advisor in Atlanta. She was named a principal in 2004, and relocated to the firm’s headquarters to implement marketing of credit cards and mortgage services.
Today Pitts leads the firm’s comprehensive inclusion initiative and diversity, which creates and sustains a work environment that attracts, welcomes, supports and develops a diverse team of outstanding associates and energizes members to achieve their full potential.
Pitts created and helped develop and introduce the firm’s first cross-cultural development program (CCDP), which helps minority financial advisors network and learn best practices to better serve a multicultural clientele. She also developed the firm’s Women’s Leadership Forum, Minority Leadership Forum and Home-office Inclusion Mentoring Program. Pitts also oversees the firm’s Inclusion Council and BRGs.
Pitts has a degree in business administration and an executive MBA from Washington University. She is a graduate of Leadership FOCUS St. Louis and serves on the boards of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater St. Louis, the Diversity Awareness Partnership, the St. Louis Urban League and KIPP St. Louis. In addition, she is an active member of and served as the chair of the diversity committee for the National Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA).
Pitts is a member of the Executive Leadership Council, an organization of African-American executives from Fortune 500 companies who work to build an inclusive business leadership pipeline and develop African-American corporate leaders.
Pitts received the St. Louis Community Empowerment Foundation’s 2009 Women’s Leadership Award for Corporate Excellence. Savoy Magazine named her one of the 2014 Top Influential Women in Corporate America. Diversity Woman’s Magazine named her one of 50 Diversity Champions in 2013, and in 2012, the St. Louis Business Journal named her to its 25 Most Influential Business Women. Pitts In 2016, Pitts received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Urban League and the St. Louis Public Schools signed by Former President Obama.