Victor Nieves, Jr.

Victor is a founding member of BNY Mellon Pershing’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group, and the co-chair of IMPACT – BNY Mellon’s multicultural business resource group – for the New York and New Jersey chapter. Employee programming includes mentoring, heritage celebrations and community sponsorship activities. He helped launch the firm’s first unconscious bias training program. As a financial services industry expert, Victor has incorporated D&I into his responsibilities at firm and client conferences sharing his expertise surrounding the growing wealth demographics of future generations, women and minority populations. He pioneered the development of the firms first financial advisor D&I news media partnership, with InvestmentNews. Victor is a frequent public speaker and sponsor of non-profit organizations and academic institutions, sharing his personal story to help inspire others, including speaking with the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Hudson County Latino Foundation, New Jersey City University and the United States Military Academy.

Tonia Bottoms

Tonia has sponsored several strategic initiatives geared towards empowering talent of diverse backgrounds at BNY Mellon. She serves as an active appointed member of the firm’s diversity & inclusion governance body, which includes the Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Council to the CEO. As a Global Leadership Team member of IMPACT, BNY Mellon’s multicultural business resource group, Tonia spearheads the strategy for recruitment and retention of ethnic minority employees. In this capacity, she directs the IMPACT Mentoring Program, evolving the program to meet the needs of BAME talent at various levels of the organisation – an evolution that has included impactful online learning and senior roundtable components beyond the traditional mentoring form. She has used a variety of approaches to draw attention to the program, as a result making it BNY Mellon’s largest formal mentoring programme in terms of graduates. As a member of IMPACT’s African American Leadership Forum, Tonia has represented and spoken on behalf of the company at numerous internal and external industry events. Beyond BNY Mellon, Tonia works with multiple organisations in the community to promote D&I, as a board member, scholarship committee member and mentor. She is a member of the Council of Urban Professionals, and has been recognised by Harlem YMCA as a Black Achiever in Industry for Outstanding Achievement & Leadership Excellence due to her work at BNY Mellon in multicultural talent strategy.