Morgan Stanley Small Business Academy

Morgan Stanley’s Small Business Academy is an educational program that seeks to promote equity and empower diverse-owned small-business leaders.

The Academy focuses on helping small businesses leverage their competitive advantage, differentiate themselves in the procurement process, strengthen their business knowledge, and build their professional network. The Academy consists of a 12-week virtual, instructor-facilitated learning experience, followed by a yearlong mentorship program.


The Academy is a partnership between the Supplier Diversity Program and the Firm’s Institute for Inclusion as part of its commitment to advancing economic outcomes in underserved communities through our products, services and thought leadership.


At Morgan Stanley, we acknowledge the barriers and resource constraints that often prevent small businesses from getting their foot in the door, resulting in a gap between available resources and diverse suppliers. With a mission to help bridge this gap, the Academy provides small businesses with the expertise to help them win work with financial services firms and other industries.

Drawing on our core values, and the belief that Morgan Stanley’s actions can benefit all of society, we have committed to innovative thinking, focused action, and targeted investment in our employees and the communities in which we work and live.
Susan Reid
Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion
In order for small businesses to get their foot in the door, it is important that they have a competitive advantage. This is when I realized the need for this educational component to our Supplier Diversity Program and I’m so proud to work for a company that allowed me to bring this to life.
Shendora Pridgen
Global Head of Supplier Diversity

Participant Requirements

  1. 01

    Small business based in the United States.

  2. 02

    US-certified diverse business, owned by African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Asian-Pacific Americans, Asian Sub-continent Americans, Women, Veterans, LGBTQ+, Disabled, Disadvantaged, and/or any other underrepresented groups.

  3. 03

    Registered as a for-profit company with an annual revenue of at least $100,000 USD and no more than $1,000,000 USD.

  4. 04
    Years of Operation

    Incorporated and operational for 3-10 years, satisfies at least one of Morgan Stanley’s services, and participants are members of their business’s executive committee (max. of two participants representing one business).

Apply today and join the Morgan Stanley Small Business Academy

Empowering diverse business leaders to leverage their competitive advantage, strengthen their business knowledge and build their professional network.

Meet the Supplier Diversity Team

The Morgan Stanley Small Business Academy is an extension of the Supplier Diversity Program.

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