About our partnership with Inspiring the Future
Bank of America Merrill Lynch is key strategic partner and lead corporate supporter of the Inspiring the Future campaign.
The bank’s partnership with the Education and Employer’s charity, which began in 2012, has enabled Inspiring the Future to go from strength to strength. Currently more than 21,000 volunteers are signed up to give inspiring talks to school students, which includes 1,000 employees from Bank of America Merrill Lynch who have registered to participate in the programme.
How Bank of America Merrill Lynch supports the campaign
In addition to providing programme funding, the bank has also supported the campaign through non-monetary initiatives, such as hosting a careers fair which engaged 300 secondary students from across London and over 100 volunteers from bank. The charity has also benefits from the bank through the following:
- Employees from Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s regional offices are also involved, such as bank volunteers from the Chester office who attended a STEM careers fair at Altrincham Grammar school to talk about their personal career journey and opportunities in technology.
- The bank’s Chief Operating Officer in EMEA Jennifer Taylor sits on our Trustees board.
- Bank of America Merrill Lynch is particularly supportive of the Inspiring Women campaign. A number of volunteers have met female students to encourage girls to consider a career in finance and technology.
Alex Wilmot-Sitwell, Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) says: “Our commitment to supporting innovative solutions which address social issues is demonstrated through a variety of education and employability skills programmes which we believe are essential to achieving economic growth and building strong communities. With the expansion of the Education and Employers charity’s Inspiring the Future programme, we are connecting thousands of students across the country with business people including our own employees. Research from the Taskforce shows how important this sharing of expertise is in helping to provide youngsters with the information they need to make the right career choices. Working together to give them the aspirations, the skills and the confidence to make the most of opportunities available to them reflects our company’s commitment to constant improvement and striving to always do better.”
Jennifer Taylor, Chief Operating Officer, EMEA at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, says: “As Inspiring the Future’s lead corporate supporter, we believe that educating the next generation is crucial for a strong economy and for successful communities. We are particularly encouraged by the launch of Inspiring Women in Finance, which will help broaden young girls’ horizons and awareness of the many types of careers available to them in financial services. Our aim is that through our collaborative efforts with partners, we can educate, inspire and motivate more young women to consider a career in finance”.