What I know is what my faith tells me: all of us are created equal and are called to respect each other.
I’ve been thinking a lot about what’s happening in our country. And like so many Americans, my heart is heavy as we grapple with the ongoing loss of life in the black community. Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and so many others, should still be with their families today. That they are not, is an unthinkable injustice. No mere statement from me or anyone else will change that.
As I’ve talked with employees, advisors, and colleagues, I see many of us struggling with the desire to speak out against a clear wrong while not really knowing what to say. The truth is, I will never know what it feels like to be black in America, to feel at risk because of the color of my skin.
What I know is what my faith tells me: that all of us are created equal and are called to respect each other. That’s what makes me believe that, if there is any solace to be found, perhaps it is in community. Coming together as a community means truly listening, welcoming a diversity of input, having constructive dialogue all in the spirit of learning from each other and being better together.
So, it’s in that spirit that I write to extend the love and support of the LPL family to our employees, advisors, and investors who are in pain. We pray with you that this senseless loss will cease and that our prayers will ready our hearts and minds for the hard work we must all take up to build a more just and equitable society. Maybe then, in some small way, the LPL family can be a positive example of what could and should be. We can make a contribution to the world in this way—by our example.
The dialogue with our employees and advisors has already begun and will continue in the coming weeks as we work together to strengthen LPL as a force for change.
President & CEO