Supporting Women in Business
Bank of America was named the “Corporation of the Year” at the Center for Women and Enterprise’s 2013 Women Business Leaders Conference, held October 3. The Center called the bank’s support of women in business “invaluable.” Bank of America’s Laura Morrison moderated a panel at the conference titled “Bankrolling Your New Business: Banks, VCs and Angels, Oh My!” The Center for Women and Enterprise is a nationally known nonprofit organization, based in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, dedicated to helping people start and grow their businesses. Its mission is to empower women to become economically self-sufficient and to prosper through business and entrepreneurship.
Partnering for Youth
Bank of America was recognized as one of the Boston Business Journal’s “Partners of the Year” at its annual Corporate Citizenship Summit, held September 12. The bank was highlighted for its long-standing support of Mass Mentoring Partnership, an umbrella organization that serves more than 200 mentoring programs statewide, supporting 30,000 youth in mentoring relationships.
Bank of America is one of Mass Mentoring’s biggest supporters, providing $75,000 in funding in 2012. The bank has provided more than just financial support, however, creating a mentoring toolkit and encouraging its employees to become mentors themselves. Bank of America also co-authored an op-ed this summer, urging the business community to look to mentoring to help young people develop the real-world interpersonal and problem-solving skills they need to further their careers.