Bank of America Commits $100,000 to Athena Alliance to Support Underrepresented Women

“Our partnership with Athena Alliance enables us to expand our impact by creating development and exposure opportunities to ensure multicultural women not only have a platform for their voices to be heard, but ultimately have access to tools, networks and pathways to more senior positions.”

Bank of America is partnering with Athena Alliance, the digital community of top executive women, to diversify its membership base and committing $100,000 to Athena’s newly formed Access Fellowship Fund. The bank’s funding will be specifically aimed at increasing the number of women of color into Athena, helping to advance their careers.

“To effectively remove barriers to equality and create meaningful progress, it’s critical to focus on and address areas where systemic, long-term gaps have and continue to exist,” said Sheri Bronstein, chief human resources officer at Bank of America. “Our partnership with Athena Alliance enables us to expand our impact by creating development and exposure opportunities to ensure multicultural women not only have a platform for their voices to be heard, but ultimately have access to tools, networks and pathways to more senior positions.”

Bank of America’s partnership with Athena will sponsor 240 multicultural women, allowing them to become a member of Athena Alliance at no cost and giving them access to the broad range of development tools and learning resources included in the Access Fellowship. Among the women participating, up to half will be top multicultural talent from within Bank of America who have participated in the bank’s Women’s Next Level Leadership Program, an eight-month virtual development experience providing strategies and tactics to help women of color progress their careers.

“We believe the demographics at the top of business need to mimic the demographics of the society business serves. To do this, Athena’s goal is to have 40% of its membership comprised of underrepresented women,” said Athena Founder and CEO Coco Brown. “Our partnership with Bank of America will enable us to diversify the women we support by sponsoring more women of color into our program. We’re thrilled that the bank has stepped up to take a leadership role in this effort.”

Integrated, inclusive and tailored approach

“We’re committed to championing these women and addressing their needs, while honoring their collective wisdom and power in helping Athena shape and influence equity in the C-suite and the modern boardroom,” said Brown.

For Bank of America, the partnership is a natural extension of the company’s long-standing commitment to diversity

Bank of America’s board of directors is 47% diverse — two directors are African American; one is Hispanic; and six are women. Additionally, the company’s global management team is 50% diverse, and more than 50% of its global workforce are women. More than 45% of the company’s U.S.-based workforce are people of color.

Bank of America’s partnership with Athena builds on the company’s many resources that focus on the recruitment, retention and advancement of diverse talent. This new partnership is aligned to the bank’s recent $1 billion, four-year commitment to advance work underway to help advance racial equality and economic opportunity, particularly for people and communities of color.

An ecosystem of women, CEOs, investors, and corporations

Athena’s success is also seen across its corporate and investor partner community. Brands such as Microsoft, Intuit, the U.S. Postal Service and Autodesk have outsourced their senior leadership development by sending their top female leaders through the Athena executive development program. Additionally, investment firms turn to Athena for its deep network of talent, leveraging the community for board seats, the voice of the customer, exclusive attendees at events, and more.

About Athena Alliance
Athena is a community platform that brings together women leaders, investors, CEOs, board directors, and corporations in one global, digital ecosystem. Women join Athena for executive coaching, board opportunities, exclusive events, one-on-one mentorship, and more. Athena also guides CEOs, venture firms and corporations to evolve their approach to senior leadership development, to strengthen their boards, and to access the world’s top female leaders.

www.AthenaAlliance.com

About Bank of America
At Bank of America, we’re guided by a common purpose to help make financial lives better, through the power of every connection. We’re delivering on this through responsible growth with a strong focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) leadership. This enables us to serve clients, deliver long-term value through sustainable results to our shareholders, and address some of society’s greatest challenges. Our focus on ESG enables us to drive opportunities and manage risks across our company, helps us define how we mobilize our capital and resources, and informs our business practices and how and when we use our voice in support of our values. Through our commitment to ESG principles, we build trust and credibility as a company people want to work for, invest in, and do business with. Learn more at about.bankofamerica.com, and connect with us on Twitter (@BofA_News).

www.bankofamerica.com

CONTACT:

Liz Wright, Bank of America, 646.855.3302
elizabeth.i.wright@bofa.com

Activating the connections, knowledge, & opportunities women executives need to lead at their highest level of impact. Learn more: athenaalliance.com

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