Bank employee supports LGBT community, driven by personal experience

Camille Balli, vice president of software services portfolio management at Bank of America, was recently appointed co-chair for the bank’s LGBT employee resource group in Georgia. Balli has been with the bank since 2011 and has been involved in supporting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community for a number of years.

“As a parent of a gay daughter, I’ve learned that the LGBT community is very supportive, but there is still a need to help LGBT youth and parents,” says Balli. “Bank of America has a number of employee networks so when I joined the bank, I saw how I could engage and work with my colleagues by sharing my experiences and what I’ve learned.”

Bank of America has a number of employee networks. When I joined the bank, I saw how I could engage and work with my fellow colleagues by sharing my experiences and what I’ve learned.

Camille Balli
Bank of America

As the co-chair, Balli organizes Pride-related events, fundraisers and expos in Atlanta, including banker pride event, an AIDS Walk and Habitat for Humanity build.

“Community involvement and volunteering is part of who I am,” says Balli. “I can’t wake up with nothing to do. It helps me be the person that I am and want to be.”

Balli also serves as a My Worker Champion for volunteers at the bank, organizing and hosting events in and around the North Atlanta area.

In October, LGBT History Month, the bank hosted events nearly every week. The events are geared towards any friends, family or allies who seek to support the LGBT community and increase visibility for the available resources.

When she’s not working or volunteering her time, she can be found training for her next road race. An avid runner, Balli is working towards her goal of completing 100 races within 10 years which she expects to complete early. Not surprisingly, Balli has even used her hobby to give back and fundraise, including raising $28,000 to battle blood cancers. She is expecting to finish the Bank of America Chicago Marathon this year and is fundraising with Team in Training for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.

4/10/2017

 

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