Grace Institute

In May 2015, 60 American Securities volunteers returned to Grace Institute, this time with the goal of helping graduating students prepare for rejoining the workforce.

We began the day by conducting two-on- one mock interviews, including post-interview feedback. We then broke into teams for two activities. First, American Securities colleagues shared their backgrounds, career trajectories, and roles with the firm. The Grace students asked questions and impressed us with their knowledge of our firm and the companies with which we partner. Second, we collaborated to create a product crafted from pipe cleaners, q-tips, feather boas, cotton balls, and ribbon, along with a marketing pitch and a jingle. The teams faced off and a panel of Grace staff members selected the winning product.

Founded in 1897, over 100,000 women have come through Grace Institute’s doors. Today, Grace Institute serves as a leader in workforce development for women. It serves 300 women annually with advanced computer and professional skills to prepare students for administrative and customer support positions in industries such as banking, not-for-profit, health care and hospitality.


Our Giving Back report debuted in 2011 as a testament to how those of us at American Securities, and our portfolio companies, live our value of Giving Back.