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Ather Williams III

As head of one of the company’s eight lines of business and member of the Management Committee, Ather leads the banking group that helps mid-sized companies grow and thrive. Within his organization, he insists on a broad candidate slate for all open roles, plus a pipeline of diverse talent for the future. When traveling, he makes time to meet with the 29 chapters of the bank’s Black Professionals Group and Black Executive Leadership Council. Ather also helps lead a “Courageous Conversations” series and informal fireside chats to share his unique experiences as a Black executive, engaging in open Q&A with employees. As a member of the Black Executive Advisory Council, he helps lead the Black Executive Leadership Summit, bringing together 200 managers to engage directly with the bank’s CEO, global HR and top executives. Among the Council’s most impactful outcomes has been the CEO’s and management team’s commitment to advancing ethnically-underrepresented groups, particularly at the senior leadership level; expanding recruitment to more diverse schools and professional organizations. Ather serves as an alumni admissions interviewer for Harvard College, promoting diversity and serving as an alumni career mentor. He is an active member of the Senior Sponsorship Board of the Women’s Leadership Council and an executive sponsor of “Network to Net Worth”, a joint program offered by National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), Accenture and Bank of America.