AZ Business magazine and BestCompaniesAZ present the Most Admired Companies program each year with the goal of recognizing organizations that excel in these six key areas: Customer opinion; diversity, equity, and inclusion; innovation; leadership excellence; social responsibility; and workplace culture. One of Arizona’s Most Admired Companies for 2021 is Vanguard.

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With hundreds of nominations representing the most innovative, impactful and successful companies in Arizona, being one of Most Admired Companies of 2021 shows that these companies truly represent the best in Arizona business. The Most Admired Companies for 2021 will be honored at an awards dinner Oct. 7, 2021, at Pointe Hilton Resort Tapatio Cliffs in Phoenix. Title sponsors for the Most Admired Companies awards are WaFd Bank and Taylor Morrison. For sponsorship information, email For information about the event honoring the Most Admired Companies, email or click here. will be spotlighting one of Arizona’s Most Admired Companies each day leading up to the awards dinner.


Most Admired Company: 2011, 2013-2021

Top Arizona executive: Bridget Olesiewicz, principal

What it does: Investment management company and largest provider of mutual funds.

Company profile: Vanguard is an investment management company based in Malvern, Pennsylvania, and this year is celebrating 27 years at its location in Scottsdale, Arizona. The office officially opened in 1994 with 39 crew members, and it has grown to over 3,000. Vanguard has over $7.8 trillion in assets under management. It is the largest provider of mutual funds and the second-largest provider of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) in the world. In addition to mutual funds and ETFs, Vanguard offers brokerage services, variable and fixed annuities, educational account services, asset management, trust services, and financial planning and advice.

Admirable trait: To keep its employees highly engaged, Vanguard has partnered with CultureAmp, an independent survey administrator and research company, to conduct an annual employee engagement survey. Structured planning sessions follow the survey each year, aiming to drive change and continuously increase positive outcomes. In this difficult year, Vanguard saw record jumps in scores. In fact, 12 of 13 categories saw significant improvement, and every division within Vanguard made strong progress.