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Using the Power of Connections to Navigate in the Post Pandemic World


The global pandemic and the great resignation have caused mega changes in how we all show up at work, how connected we are in our personal and work lives, and how we are thinking about our career journeys going forward. Join the Bank of America leadership team as they discuss their personal career successes, challenges and how networking has helped them reconnect and accomplish their goals in a post pandemic world. We will also discuss how Bank of America is helping women get and stay connected at different stages of their careers.

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.

Mary Beth Ledet

Ayla Morwin

Mary Beth Ledet is currently a Product Manager for Mobile Technology for the Retail, Preferred,Small Business and Wealth Technology organization (RPSWT). This role involves partnering with the lines of business and the digital teams to explore new capabilities across the mobile retail value streams to maximize the client impact and experience that will best meet the LOB objectives year over year.Mary Beth joined Bank of America in February 2004 as a Service Delivery Manager serving numerous technology areas such as Finance, Corporate Workplace, Global Corporate &Investment Bank, Shared Services, and eCommerce Technology areas. Mary Beth led integration projects supporting mergers and acquisitions with Fleet Boston, LaSalle Bank, andCountrywide Financial. She stepped out of Technology for six years to lead in various ProgramManagement capacities in Operational Risk and Compliance to remediate operational issues and establish operating principles that were put in place to sustain exceptional regulatory health.Mary Beth holds a Bachelors of Business Administration with a minor designation of ComputerScience and Engineering from Sam Houston State University and joined Bank of America after a15-year career with Electronic Data Systems (EDS) that began as a Developer and offered opportunities in Technology Project / Program management and Sales.

Jeanette Proffitt

Ayla Morwin

Jeanette Proffitt is the chief financial officer for Bank of America StaffSupport functions, which include Risk, Legal, Audit, Human Resources, ESG & Public Policy, and the Chief Administrative Officer and Chief FinancialOfficer. In this role, she is responsible for executing all core finance functions including providing strategic guidance and performance insights to those organizations, driving efficiency and operating key control processes that ensure the integrity of the financial results. Additionally, she is responsible for Corporate Allocations.Previously, Jeanette served as CFO for Global Technology & Operations(GT&O). She joined the company in 2002 as part of the CFO Group, where she held a variety of finance roles in GT&O, Consumer, Global SecuritiesSolutions, Fleet Transition and various Corporate Staff functions.Before joining Bank of America, she worked as a manager in the financial services audit and business advisory division of Price water house Coopers and as a Sales Account Manager with Kraft General Foods.Jeanette is a member of LEAD for Women, the Inter-GenerationalEmployee Network and the Global Diversity & Inclusion Council. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with aMaster of Accounting degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in BusinessAdministration.Jeanette lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband, Ben; children Ben (16),Will (15), and Kate (12) and Golden doodle Daisy.

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.

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