About our partnership with Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Bank of America Merrill Lynch is key strategic partner and lead corporate supporter of the Education and Employers’ Inspiring the Future campaign.
The company’s partnership began in 2012, and has enabled Inspiring the Future to go from strength to strength. Currently more than 35,000 volunteers are signed up to give inspiring talks to students, which includes 1,000 employees from Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
How Bank of America Merrill Lynch supports the campaign
In addition to providing programme funding, the company has also supported the campaign through capacity building initiatives such as hosting careers fairs to give young people an insight into the diverse range of careers at the bank and a chance to work one to one with volunteers to develop their CV. The charity is supported further including:
- Employees from Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s regional office in Chester volunteered at a STEM careers fair at Altrincham Grammar school to talk about their personal career journey and job opportunities in technology
- The company’s EMEA Chief Operating Officer, Jennifer Taylor sits on the Education and Employers Taskforce Board of Trustees
- Through the Inspiring Women campaign, numerous volunteers have spoken to female students to provide insight into a career in finance and technology
Alex Wilmot-Sitwell, President EMEA at Bank of America Merrill Lynch said “Our commitment to supporting innovative solutions which address social issues is demonstrated through a variety of education and employability skills programmes which we believe are essential to achieving economic growth and building strong communities. Working together to give young people the aspirations, the skills and the confidence to make the most of opportunities available to them reflects our company’s commitment to making lives better.”
Jennifer Taylor, Chief Operating Officer, EMEA at Bank of America Merrill Lynch said, “As Inspiring the Future’s lead corporate supporter, we believe that educating the next generation is crucial for a strong economy and for successful communities. We are particularly encouraged by the launch of Inspiring Women in Finance, which will help broaden young girls’ horizons and awareness of the many types of careers available to them in financial services. Our aim is that through our collaborative efforts with partners, we can educate, inspire and motivate more young women to consider a career in finance.”
“We are extremely proud of our association with the Inspiring Women campaign which already provides such valuable counsel to young women across the UK. The programme’s international expansion to China is very exciting as it will give even more young women the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the vast array of career options available to them.
“It is through programmes such as this that Education and Employers are making great strides in helping to break barriers for women to enter particular industries. Ultimately, these efforts will improve workplace diversity which is essential in today’s modern business world. I hope that companies across China will sign up to Inspiring Women so that together, we can all help young women around the world, to realise their potential, take charge of their futures and become tomorrow’s leaders.”