Amy Gurley, SVP, Global Women in Technology & Operations
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Partner with existing groups (company affinity groups, supervisory groups, local community organizations) to offer opportunities that women weren't aware of and to recruit and advance women into computing fields. This may involve efforts to change the image of computing or improving how the organization celebrates women's technical contributions and accomplishments.
Sometimes it's helpful to look externally for new pools of talent and introduce them to computing fields and careers. This can include offering new majors or creating interdisciplinary majors that allow students to combine computing skills with a variety of fields that interest them, or providing training to current employees that allows them to switch to a technical track.
Bank of America has a Pacesetters goal to increase the percentage of women hired into the Technology Analyst and Development Program recruited from US-based colleges and universities. Bank of America is leveraging the relationship with NCWIT and the Award for Aspirations in Computing. As the national sponsor of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing, the bank as provided significant financial and in-kind support that has helped create a robust, prestigious nationwide program. Over the last two years, the bank has hired some of these award winners as interns and looks forward to supporting their journey into the workforce.
Bank of America is one of the world's largest financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small and middle market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk-management products and services. Bank of America is dedicated to encouraging a diverse, inclusive workplace where all employees have the opportunity to achieve personal success and contribute to the growth of our business. In addition to promoting professional women's development through the employee network LEAD (Leadership, Education, Advocacy and Development) for Women, there are also several line of business advocacy groups. Women in Technology & Operations (WIT&O) is one such group whose mission is to attract, develop and retain female talent in technology and operations at Bank of America by providing a strong community of support and changing the environment to enable women to make a meaningful difference at the company. The WIT&O program began in 2005 with chapters in New York and Charlotte and has grown steadily to include 15 chapters in five countries. Global membership has doubled from 1500 to over 3000 in two years.