NEC member Bank of America’s Global Ambassadors Program was the subject of a recent article in the Boston Business Journal highlighting the impact the initiative has on women, both in the US and abroad. The program connects women leaders in countries around the world with established women leaders in the US.
Groups from the Global Ambassadors Program have traveled to Poland, Northern Ireland, Mexico, Qatar, Brazil, Singapore, India, South Africa, and Haiti. During the trips, the visiting executives meet with local businesswomen and community leaders to discuss business challenges and other obstacles preventing women from reaching their full potential. They exchanges stories and advice, working to enrich the lives of both the mentor and the mentee.
Kathy Knox, the managing director and head of business banking at Bank of America in Charlotte, NC, has participated in two Global Ambassadors trips and told the Boston Business Journal of the lasting impact the program has on both parties. Ms. Knox and other mentors with her on a trip to Ireland in 2014 helped establish a virtual mentor program which allows mentors to continue offering advice to mentees long after their trips were over. During another trip through the program, Ms. Knox traveled to South Africa, where she met a woman who had been a banker for many years, until her sister passed away. The woman then returned home to run an orphanage and boarding school for children who had lost their parents to HIV or AIDS. When Ms. Knox returned to the US and shared that story with a group of students, they organized a program of their own, to send supplies to the orphanage during holidays.
“It just shows you that your network goes beyond business and financial mentoring. It’s helping them with some pretty devastating situations we don’t always see,” said Ms. Knox of her experiences.
The New England Council applauds Bank of America for its work advancing women in business and leadership across the world.