This really is a special event, and a worthy cause to rally around and celebrate. Shining a light on companies that are removing barriers for women is important for our community.
Bank of America’s Market President for Oregon and SW Washington
Bank of America was recently honored at the Portland Business Alliance’s annual women’s leadership event, A Place With No Ceiling. The event aims to connect and inspire women in the business community in the Portland-metro region, and draws 450 attendees. Every year, one company is recognized and celebrated by PBA for removing barriers while fostering opportunities for women.
A jury of local business leaders selects the winner each year. The company award is based on corporate programs and activities a nominee has in place dedicated to the advancement of women, looking at factors like number of women in high-level positions, opportunities for advancement, corporate culture, as well as contributions done outside the company, to help the local community.
Bank of America was chosen as 2016’s winner, thanks to the company’s dedication to supporting women internally within the Bank, and externally by partnering with and supporting groups like Dress for Success Oregon, the Center For Women’s Leadership, Girls Inc. and Oregon Tradeswomen Inc.
Roger Hinshaw, Bank of America’s Market President for Oregon and Southwest Washington, accepted the award. In his remarks he shared his commitment to fostering an inclusive workplace for diverse employees, while also being on the frontlines of making our company a supportive place to work for women. He highlighted that Bank of America recently extended our paid parental leaves — maternity, paternity and adoption — to 16 weeks, fully paid, and promised that we’d keep pushing ourselves to do even more.
With more than half of Bank of America’s global workforce made up of women, the bank has a number of programs to help develop high-performing, diverse employees including the LEAD for Women leadership program, mentoring partnerships through Vital Voices, the Global Ambassadors Program and the Cherie Blair Foundation. Additionally, the bank works with the Tory Burch Foundation to fund women entrepreneurs across the country.