Steve was involved with helping set up the Africa Programme in 2013 at Bank of America, a recruitment initiative which provides internships and fulltime roles for students from nine African countries across multiple divisions across the bank. He now serves on the Africa Programme Steering Committee to continue to grow the initiative. He also mentors junior talent at Bank of America to enhance their career development of those from minority ethnic backgrounds, which has led to some of his mentees gaining full-time roles. Steve serves as the EMEA Asset Management Services line of business diversity and inclusion forum lead and is an active member of the bank’s Multicultural Leadership Employee Network. He has also set up a ‘coding village’ for children in a rural part of Ghana to help bridge the educational technology gap, and he was successful in mobilizing 30 volunteers from two leading universities in Ghana, and colleagues at Bank of America to help deliver the initiative.
Shim Sameer is a dynamic leader and passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion. A native of India, she began her career in financial services in 2005 as a teller and now is Head of National Operations and the Northeast Division for Bank of America’s Consumer Banking & Investments. She is passionate about advancing women’s careers and actively works to develop and mentor women leaders. She often speaks at forums, panels and events addressing global audiences about inclusion and empowerment of women. She is the founder and the executive sponsor of the bank’s Women’s Forum and the executive sponsor for the company’s CB&I Employee Engagement & Inclusion Council. She is a recipient of the company’s distinguished Global Diversity & Inclusion Award and has been profiled on FairyGodBoss.com for her advocacy for women. She serves on the board of the Walker School in Needham, Massachusetts, and the Big Sisters Association of Boston.
When Kim joined Bank of America in 2014, she led the local team in expanding their employee resource groups (ERG) from five networks to nine networks to create more inclusivity in the workplace. These teams continue to receive recognition within the organization, including global awards for volunteerism and diversity and inclusion, and for their commitment to supporting colleagues to be their whole selves at work. She works closely with local ERG leaders to host conversations with employees, business leaders and the local community on the challenging issues of closing the gender pay gap, the disparity of women on corporate boards, racial equity, intersectionality, LGBT+ allyship, and transgender inclusion. Kim serves on the Bank’s Diversity and Inclusion Council for the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) division and recently joined the CAO Power of 10 Operating Committee, focusing on connecting women leaders across different functions. Outside of the workplace, Kim is the national board chair and co-founding team member of The Respect Institute. The Respect Institute’s impact has been acknowledged by the Clinton Global Initiative, Ashoka Changemakers, and the Packard Foundation for reaching over 80,000 youth and youth influencers in schools and the juvenile justice system for their Respect 360 program. The program focuses on ending the school-to-prison pipeline, which disproportionately impacts BAME youth in the United States. Kim also serves on the national Juma Ventures board as well as the local Seattle advisory board. She recently joined a group dedicated to creating a Women of Color Storytelling Series to address the need for safe and powerful spaces for women of color to share their collective stories and experiences, and began co-leading a workshop on salary negotiation for Asian American professional women.
When Kim joined Bank of America in 2014, she led her teammates to expand their employee networks from five networks to nine networks to create more inclusivity in the workplace. Those new employee networks include Black Professionals Group, Native American Professionals Network, Military + Support Assistance Group and My Environment. Her team also launched a local diversity leaders council so that every network could better collaborate together to thoughtfully create a culture of intersectionality and inclusion. Kim works closely with local diversity leaders to host multiple conversations with employees and local community and business leaders to talk about challenging issues facing the community. Outside of the workplace, Kim is the national founding board chair and cofounding team member of The Respect Institute. The Respect Institute’s impact has been acknowledged by the Clinton Global Initiative, Ashoka Changemakers, and the Packard Foundation for reaching over 80,000 youth and youth influencers in schools and the juvenile justice system with their Respect 360 program focused on ending the school to prison pipeline, which disproportionately impacts BAME youth in the United States. Kim also serves on the national Juma Ventures board as well as the local Seattle advisory board.
Thong is personally dedicated to maintaining Bank of America’s commitment to building diverse teams and fostering an inclusive environment where employees can bring their whole selves to work. He personally holds his leaders accountable for driving progress in Diversity and Inclusion; each member of his leadership team has diversity representation targets, including specific BAME targets, and progress is reviewed regularly. Under Thong’s leadership, Retail Banking launched Mobile Banking in Spanish to better serve Hispanic/Latino clients. As Market President and Market Sponsor of their San Francisco-East Bay Market, Thong ensures that driving progress in Diversity and Inclusion is a key part of every conversation with the Mayor and his office, Bank of America Clients, as well as other employers and influencers in the market. As Thong is constantly on the road visiting with teammates and clients across the country, he ensures meeting with diverse employees, partnering with the Bank’s Employee Networks and discussing D&I with clients is a regular part of his agenda.