Global Mentoring Walk in London

PRESS RELEASE: Global Mentoring Walk in London

3 March 2018

Reporters May Contact:

Sagra Maceira de Rosen or Joy Adams, Vital Voices Committee, +44 (0)75 3581 9900 vitalvoicesUK@gmail.com
Elizabeth Wright, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, +44 (0)20 7995 7731 elizabeth.i.wright@baml.com

 

Vital Voices Europe and Bank of America Merrill Lynch Host 2018 London Mentoring Walk
Walk Engages Leaders and Young Professionals Ahead of International Women’s Day

LONDON – On 10 March 2018, Vital Voices Europe and Bank of America Merrill Lynch will hold the 2018 Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk in central London in celebration of International Women’s Day.

The Global Mentoring Walks were conceived 10 years ago by the founder and former CEO of Oxygen Media, and Board Director of Vital Voices, Geraldine Laybourne. She started mentoring walks to empower young professional women in the United States by asking them to join her regular morning walks. Those walks turned into a movement, and in 2018, thousands of women and girls will join 150 walks in 60 countries around the world. This will be the second year that the Walk is held in London with Bank of America Merrill Lynch as the primary sponsor. Additional sponsors include Akin Gump and GLG (Gerson Lehrman Group).

“We are thrilled to be hosting this amazing initiative in London again. This is an opportunity for leaders to ‘pay it forward’ and for young professionals to learn from their experiences, both personally and professionally. It is also a chance to connect with incredible women across industries and establish enriching personal and professional networks,” said Sagra Maceira de Rosen, Trustee of Vital Voices Europe and Chair of the Mentoring Walk Committee. “We are truly thankful to all our partners and sponsors for their support and generosity.”

The Mentoring Walk will begin with a breakfast co-hosted by Terra Firma Capital Partners at Cadogan Hall near Sloane Square before participants are paired off and begin their roughly two-hour walk through central London. During this time, the mentors and mentees, who will be matched by industry, relevant experience or interests, will have the opportunity to learn more about each other and share their experiences and advice. The walk will end with a luncheon and networking event hosted by Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Roughly 200 participants are expected at this year’s event.

“We are excited to be part of the 2018 Mentoring Walk,” highlighted Jennifer Taylor, EMEA Compliance and Operational Risk executive at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and member of

Vital Voices’ EMEA Board of Directors. “At Bank of America Merrill Lynch, we firmly believe in the power of women’s leadership and mentoring. This has fueled the Global Ambassadors Program , our long-standing partnership with Vital Voices that advances female entrepreneurs around the world. This walk provides a great opportunity for our employees to join like-minded individuals and help build bridges and leadership skills with women in our local communities.”

Vital Voices Global Partnership

Vital Voices Global Partnership invests in women leaders who improve the world. Guided by the belief that women are essential to progress in their communities, the organization has partnered with leaders from more than 181 countries and territories who advance economic opportunity, increase political and public leadership, and end violence against women. Programs in strategic planning, business, advocacy and communications build critical skills needed for creating transformational change at scale. Through its global platform, women leaders expand their connections and visibility, accelerating shared progress for all. Visit www.vitalvoices.org to learn more.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch Environmental, Social and Governance

At Bank of America Merrill Lynch, we’re guided by a common purpose to help make financial lives better, through the power of every connection. We’re delivering on this through responsible growth with a focus on our environmental, social and governance (ESG) leadership. ESG is embedded across our business and reflects how we help fuel the global economy, build trust and credibility, and represent a company that people want to work for, invest in and do business with. It’s demonstrated in the inclusive and supportive workplace we create for our employees, the responsible products and services we offer our clients, and the impact we make around the world in helping local economies thrive. An important part of this work is forming strong partnerships with not-for-profits and advocacy groups, such as community, consumer and environmental organisations, to bring together our collective networks and expertise to achieve greater impact. Learn more at about.bankofamerica.com , and connect with us on Twitter @BofAML .

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LONDON – On 10 March 2018, Vital Voices Europe and Bank of America Merrill Lynch will hold the 2018 Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk in central London in celebration of International Women’s Day.

The Global Mentoring Walks were conceived 10 years ago by t he founder and former CEO of Oxygen Media, and Board Director of Vital Voices, Geraldine Laybourne. She started mentoring walks to empower young professional women in the United States by asking them to join her regular morning walks. Those walks turned into a movement, and in 2018, thousands of women and girls will join 150 walks in 60 countries around the world. This will be the second year that the Walk is held in London with Bank of America Merrill Lynch as the primary sponsor. Additional sponsors include Akin Gump and GLG (Gerson Lehrman Group).

“We are thrilled to be hosting this amazing initiative in London again. This is an opportunity for leaders to ‘pay it forward’ and for young professionals to learn from their experiences, both personally and professionally. It is also a chance to connect with incredible women across industries and establish enriching personal and professional networks,” said Sagra Maceira de Rosen, Trustee of Vital Voices Europe and Chair of the Mentoring Walk Committee. “We are truly thankful to all our partners and sponsors for their support and generosity.”

The Mentoring Walk will begin with a breakfast co-hosted by Terra Firma Capital Partners at Cadogan Hall near Sloane Square before participants are paired off and begin their roughly two-hour walk through central London. During this time, the mentors and mentees, who will be matched by industry, relevant experience or interests, will have the opportunity to learn more about each other and share their experiences and advice. The walk will end with a luncheon and networking event hosted by Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Roughly 200 participants are expected at this year’s event.

“We are excited to be part of the 2018 Mentoring Walk,” highlighted Jennifer Taylor, EMEA Compliance and Operational Risk executive at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and member of

Vital Voices’ EMEA Board of Directors. “At Bank of America Merrill Lynch, we firmly believe in the power of women’s leadership and mentoring. This has fueled the Global Ambassadors Program, our long-standing partnership with Vital Voices that advances female entrepreneurs around the world. This walk provides a great opportunity for our employees to join like-minded individuals and help build bridges and leadership skills with women in our local communities.”

Vital Voices Global Partnership

Vital Voices Global Partnership invests in women leaders who improve the world. Guided by the belief that women are essential to progress in their communities, the organization has partnered with leaders from more than 181 countries and territories who advance economic opportunity, increase political and public leadership, and end violence against women. Programs in strategic planning, business, advocacy and communications build critical skills needed for creating transformational change at scale. Through its global platform, women leaders expand their connections and visibility, accelerating shared progress for all. Visit www.vitalvoices.org to learn more.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch Environmental, Social and Governance

At Bank of America Merrill Lynch, we’re guided by a common purpose to help make financial lives better, through the power of every connection. We’re delivering on this through responsible growth with a focus on our environmental, social and governance (ESG) leadership. ESG is embedded across our business and reflects how we help fuel the global economy, build trust and credibility, and represent a company that people want to work for, invest in and do business with. It’s demonstrated in the inclusive and supportive workplace we create for our employees, the responsible products and services we offer our clients, and the impact we make around the world in helping local economies thrive. An important part of this work is forming strong partnerships with not-for-profits and advocacy groups, such as community, consumer and environmental organisations, to bring together our collective networks and expertise to achieve greater impact. Learn more at about.bankofamerica.com , and connect with us on Twitter @BofAML .

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