On Friday 2nd December Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML) hosted a networking event at their London office to officially welcome City Year’s ‘Pride BofAML team’ at William Ellis Secondary School in Camden. We are delighted that BofAML, through the Bank of America Charitable Foundation will continue their support of our team for the 16/17 academic year.
The event opened with a welcome from Jennifer Becker, Head of Human Resources, EMEA at BofAML who commented that: “City Year’s ethos matches Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s focus: to ensure young people have the skills needed for a 21st century career”.
Jennifer’s remarks were followed by presentations from Eric Mtungwazi, Director of Delivery at City Year UK, Tobi Martins-Ojo, the Impact Officer for the Pride BofAML team, and City Year Corps members Ashish Patel, Ebonie Wilson, Christel Manitou, Thomas Soyemi and Jasmine John, who spoke to their own experiences at the school and brought a typical day at William Ellis to life.
The event was attended by members of the bank’s HR division so our corps team had the opportunity to network with BofAML employees over lunch, learn about roles in Financial Services, and pick up career development tips.
The Pride team said of the experience: “The BofAML networking lunch was such a great opportunity for us; it gave us a chance to meet the faces behind the name on our badges and to make connections we might not otherwise have made.”
In 2017, the Pride BofAML team will be mentored by a member of BofAML staff, who will help support them and provide career advice throughout their City Year journey.