Positivity in challenging times
Although this year brought along unprecedented times, we enjoyed the brief period we had in-person and got creative with staying connected and engaging with our coworkers. Here are a handful of key initiatives we put into practice this past year:
  • Virtual happy hours and team bonding
  • Monthly health and wellness tips
  • Happiness surveys
  • Quarterly firm-wide meetings and office meetings
  • Point of view series: virtual/work-from-home-focused learning
Excercise for a Cause
Stout-Ryder Cup
The Stout-Ryder Cup is a new Stout charitable program associated with our PGA golf sponsorship to benefit Food Rescue US. Employees accrue points though daily fitness activity that are converted to a charitable donation at the end of the program. This initiative is an excellent opportunity for Stout professionals to advance our firm’s positive culture and make impactful charitable contributions, while having fun along the way. With this year's efforts, over 275,000 meals have been delivered to those in need. For 2021, we are excited to expand our efforts by inviting clients and friends to participate so that we can make an even bigger impact.
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Professional Excellence
at Our Core
Stout’s colleagues form the foundation of our firm. Every year, we drive business success and put forth incredible effort to help clients meet their goals. Likewise, we aim to ensure everyone can excel at Stout and build long-lasting careers. Get to know some of our outstanding professionals in the interviews below.
"We really seem to drive each other to be the best that we can be, all the time, and all for the greater good of our clients."
Stephanie Clifford
General Counsel
"No two properties are the same, and at Stout, we are fortunate to have the expertise and clientele to work on truly amazing properties."
Clayton Yantis
Senior Vice President
Valuation Advisory
"Despite working in a remote environment, I have always felt part of the team and well-connected with my colleagues across our national offices."
Uday Gulvadi
Disputes, Compliance, & INvestigations
"I have had to work closely with the administrative team to develop innovative ways to continue to provide the excellent customer service they do."
Norma Maldonado
Administrative Services & Facilities
Guiding the Next Generation
Future Leaders in Finance
Stout's Future Leaders in Finance Program took place virtually this year, with 75 students in attendance. This three-day, interactive workshop allowed students to learn about many aspects of the financial services industry and network with financial professionals. The event included a series of presentations, expert panels, Excel training, and case studies, with the goal of expanding each student’s skillset and knowledge to begin a career in finance.
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Serving Those Who Need it Most
Pro Bono Services
One of the most valuable services we offer to the community is our expertise. 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. Altogether, since our Pro Bono practice was formed in 2008, we have been engaged in 175 matters, and eclipsed professional fees of $6.4 million contributed to pro bono service.
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Community LeadershiP
Non-profit Board Memberships
Stout colleagues take their time to participate as board members and other positions in a number of non-profit and charitable organizations highlighted below.
  • Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia
  • Asian American Bar Association
  • Association for Conflict Resolution
  • Athletes for Justice
  • AUTM
  • Bears of Hope
  • BeyondBlue
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Chicago Bar Foundation
  • Chicago Women in IP
  • ChIPs
  • Communities in Schools of Atlanta
  • Cristo Rey High School
  • Executive Women’s Partnership
  • EY Entrepreneur of the Year Program
  • First Tee of Cleveland
  • Forgotten Harvest
  • Girl Scouts of America
  • HFS Chicago Scholars
  • Houston Area Women’s Chamber of Commerce
  • Houston Young Professionals Endeavor
  • Illinois Legal Aid Online
  • Intellectual Property Owners
  • International Trademark Association
  • Junior Achievement
  • Justice Foundation of West Michigan
  • Lawyers for Creative Arts
  • Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth
  • Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago
  • Linda L. Hafer Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Los Angeles Regional Foodbank
  • Lupus Foundation of America
  • Mercy Home
  • Monte Jade
  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • Neuhaus Education Center
  • New Avenues to Independence
  • Perspectives Charter Schools
  • Philadelphia VIP
  • Project Magis at Catholic Charities Appeal
  • Respiratory Health Association
  • Robert Toigo Foundation
  • Second Story
  • SkyHigh – Houston
  • Texas Executive Women
  • Under Our Wings
  • Women’s Divorce Resource Center
  • Women’s Energy Network Houston
  • World Vision
  • Young Presidents' Organization
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
At Stout, we are committed to building and sustaining a corporate culture that values diversity and different perspectives. Our inclusive environment aims to foster innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit for our clients, employees, and communities. Historically, our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion has driven external programs such as our annual Women in Business Scholarship and community programs focused on promoting discussion, awareness, and relationship building, but we can do more. As a firm we are recommitting to and expanding our diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.

This year we introduced a new leadership-sponsored and employee-led diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) framework. The purpose of this framework is to lead, develop, and support actions surrounding five key pillars we believe are central to a sustainable and continued commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion:
Create an authentic, transparent, and sustainable platform to identify and attract difference makers that embody Stout's core values and ensure that Stout reflects the diversity of our clients and communities. 
Develop awareness and education regarding workplace DE&I, and provide visibility on the firm's progress toward the goal of augmenting inclusion and relationship-building at all levels.
Commit to transparency and accountability for accelerating progress against our DE&I strategy via regular updates with our clients and friends.
Provide timely, accurate, and candid feedback on the DE&I initiatives, thereby enhancing Stout's accountability toward our long-term DE&I mission.
Engage with local and national organizations focused on advancing DE&I initiatives and provide pro bono services to non-profit organizations with a social justice mission.
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. Twenty students have received Stout Women in Business Scholarships since the program’s inception in 2013.
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