Options Group Culture & Ethics

Options Group launched OGDiverse, a diversity and inclusion initiative, to inform the firm’s internal diversity initiatives globally, drive its external presence as a diversity thought leader, and continue to focus on the importance of diversity in how our company is positioned to clients, candidates and current and potential employees.


OGDiverse will continue building on the firm’s track record of diversity in all its different forms. The key is to address the shortage of diversity at the management level in the finance industry and help our client’s source suitable talent.


Acknowledging that Options Group is already 40% diverse, David Korn, the firm’s Chief Operating Officer, knew that the company had an imperative to build on its own hiring as well as support external events that foster diversity across the industry. To address these issues, Korn appointed Simi Schaerer, Partner, Zurich, and Lauren Leibson, Executive Director, New York, to co-lead the OG Diverse team and collaborate with a committee of key OG stakeholders from around the world to bring important diversity initiatives to life.


Initiatives will include hosting and co-hosting (with key clients and high-value sponsors) quarterly diversity and inclusion events including industry round tables, distinguished speaker talks, and networking opportunities in major financial capitals like New York, London, Zurich, Dubai, and Hong Kong. OGDiverse will also create programs and policies focused on maternity and flextime issues, hiring procedures, and mentorship and accelerator activities to both reflect and meet the needs of Options Group’s diverse staff.

Meet the OGDiverse Team


OG Celebrates Pride Month, June 2019

IWD 2019

On June 26, 2019, a team from Options Group NYC pedaled for Pride Month and helped Soul Cycle donate to The Trevor Project, an organization committed to at risk LGBTQ youth.

Ellevate Mobilize Women Summit, June 21, 2019

IWD 2019

IWD 2019
Options Group proudly sponsored Mobilize Women, a summit of professional leaders who came together to share diverse perspectives about building a more just and equitable world. OGDiverse co-lead, Lauren Leibson attended the summit on behalf of the firm.

Celebrating International Women's day, March 8, 2019

IWD 2019

IWD 2019

Women’s Network Masterclass, January 24, 2019, Zurich Switzerland

Left: Event Co-host, Simi Schaerer, Partner, Options Group, Zurich and Co-Head of OGDiverse

Middle: Guest Speaker, Jacqueline Fritschi-Cornaz, Actress and Producer and instrumental in movie project, Kavita and Teresa

Right: Event Co-host, Christine Schmid, Managing Director, Head Investment Solutions Credit Suisse, Zurich

Simi Shearer and Jacqueline Fritschi-Cornaz

Cocktail Reception, Women’s Network Masterclass

Simi Schaerer and Saentis Zeller, OGiQ Analyst, Options Group

Women’s Networking Masterclass- How to Negotiate Your Value, November 2, 2018, London, United Kingdom

Maria Aldous, Partner, Options Group London (Left) and Ester Stanhope, The Impact Guru Confidence Speaker and Founder (right)

Maria Aldous, Partner, Options Group London

Maria Aldous, Partner Options Group London (Left) and Simi Schaerer, Partner, Options Group Zurich & Co-Head of OGDiverse

Breakfast with Guest Speaker Ester Stanhope, Women’s Networking Masterclass