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Bank of America - Realizing the Power of Our People: DEI Practices for 2023 and Beyond

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“DEI” is more than a buzzword - it’s a vital way for companies to support their teams and create places where all individuals, especially underrepresented professionals, can not only survive but thrive. Join us for a conversation with three women leaders from Bank of America as they share their personal career journeys, discuss how Bank of America continues to support female professionals at all stages of their careers and the future of diversity, equity and inclusion, both at Bank of America and beyond.

Kristi Ervin

Ayla Morwin

Kristi Ervin is a Senior Vice President, Talent Acquisition Consultant, focused on Global Women’sTalent Strategy. In this capacity, she is responsible for leading and supporting the talent acquisition strategies, external partnerships and programs focused on hiring women at Bank of America. In her role, she also looks after the talent acquisition strategies and programs for LGBTQ+ hiring as well as the Bank of America Neurodiversity Hiring ProgramKristi joined the Bank in 2001. She’s held a variety of roles in Talent Acquisition and Global HumanResources: Recruiter, Talent Acquisition Manager, Executive Recruiter, Talent Acquisition Executive,LOB D&I TA Consultant, and HR Consulting supporting Redeployment. She has also supported multiple lines of business and leads the Bank of America Returning Talent program which spans multiple lines of business. She has been a member of multiple employee networks including Bank of AmericaLEAD for Women, (Leadership, Education, Advocacy, and Development for Women), and the DisabilityAdvocacy Network (DAN).Prior to joining Bank of America, Kristi spent 5 years as a search consultant for Robert Half International.Prior to that, she was a supply chain management consultant for a software firm, Manugistics, and she began her career as a middle school teacher in the mountains of Appalachia, where she grew up.Kristi is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic and State University in Blacksburg, VA, and has a BS degree in Elementary Education. She has an MBA from the University of Maryland in College Park. She lives in Charlotte, NC with her two furry kids, Max and Gracie. She is a Director for the Seeds of HopeScholarship Program in Charlotte, North Carolina and a member of Moments of Hope Church.

Betsy Griffin

Bridget Finkeldey

Betsy Griffin leads the Analytics and Business Intelligence team and is the COO of Enterprise Credit Analytics & Transformation Strategy. Her team focuses on providing Enterprise Credit stakeholders with reporting and insights to make better and faster credit decisions. Betsy and her team also lead the people and investment strategy to ensure the organization has the right talent and technology capabilities to reduce operational risk and facilitate loan growth.

Betsy has a degree in Finance and International Business from the University of South Carolina. She joined Bank of America in 2007 with the Finance Management Associate Program within Corporate Treasury. Before joining Enterprise Credit, she worked in Corporate Finance on the bank funding desk building out cash and liquidity management processes, and in Enterprise Capital Management where she established capital forecasting processes based on regulatory requirements for Global Systemically Important Banks.

Betsy is passionate about mentoring and has been both a mentee and mentor in Enterprise Credit, Corporate Finance, and through the Black Professional Group (BPG) and the Hispanic / Latino Organization for Leadership and Advancement (HOLA) affinity networks. She also is the co-founder of the Global Banking and Markets Women’s Connect to foster cross line of business connections and networking.

Lynne Fairbanks

Ayla Morwin

Lynne M. Fairbanks is Senior Vice President, D&I Consultant, focused on the Global Women’s Talent Strategy. In this capacity, she is responsible for supporting the strategies, external partnerships and programs focused on women at the Bank.Lynne joined the Bank in 2004. She’s held several roles in HR as well as supporting the consumer lines of business:Learning & Leadership Development Client Manager, Learning Manager, Business Support Manager (ClientExperience/Associate Experience), Finance Manager; all across three lines of business: Global Human Resources,Consumer Mortgage Operations and the CFO organization. She’s also held a global role within our EmployeeNetwork community as the Co-Chair of the Black Professional Group (BPG).Prior to joining Bank of America, Ms. Fairbanks was a Director for Booz Allen & Hamilton Consulting with theNew York office. Her most notable role was Program Director of the Harlem Small Business Initiative, a pro bono effort working with the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Foundation. This effort provided consulting services for Small Businesses in New York working with the NYU Business School and the NY Chapter of the NationalBlack MBAs and over 110 volunteers were aligned to this effort.Lynne is an Ally for LGBTQ+, a member of the Black Professional Group, the Disability Advocacy Network, andLEAD (Leadership, Education, Advocacy and Development for women) Network. Lynne is part of the Women’sExecutive Development Program Alumnae group and The Women’s Exchange.Ms. Fairbanks is a graduate of Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey and holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting as well as an MBA with concentrations in Management Information Systems and InternationalBusiness. She is a CPA for the State of New Jersey. Being a lifelong learner, during the pandemic, Lynne pursued and received her Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) certification and is currently pursuing her certification in Diversity and Inclusion.

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