Bank of America and Vital Voices Host 20th Global Ambassadors Program in Paris

November 7, 2019 at 9:00 AM Eastern

Bank of America, in partnership with Vital Voices, will bring together women leaders from around the world for the Global Ambassadors Program in Paris November 11th-15th. During this weeklong initiative, the program will highlight the role of women as drivers of economic growth and explore the ongoing needs and challenges that many women leaders face.

The Paris Global Ambassadors Program will pair a diverse group of women leaders from small businesses and social enterprises across Europe (mentees) with 11 Global Ambassadors (mentors), established women executives from a range of sectors and organizations, including Bank of America. The program includes a week of one-on-one mentoring and strategic planning workshops that help build organizational management, financial acumen and leadership skills.

“Women are a force for driving economic, political and social change,” said Anne Finucane, vice chairman, Bank of America. “Through mentoring, training and access to capital, women entrepreneurs have the power to build their businesses, invest in their local economies, advance their communities and, in many cases, pursue social change.”

Since the program’s launch in 2012, 19 successful Global Ambassadors Programs have been held in Haiti, South Africa, India, Singapore, Brazil, Qatar, Mexico, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Poland, Japan, the United Kingdom, Australia, and the United States and Puerto Rico. The program has impacted more than 350 women from 85 countries – helping mentees grow their businesses and organizations through more than 6,500 hours of training and mentorship.

“The past eight years of partnership with Bank of America has catalyzed a new generation of women leaders empowered to make sustainable change,” said Alyse Nelson, president and CEO of Vital Voices “But the real impact we see lies not just in how one woman builds her business, but in the way she pays forward the investment made in her to others, so everyone can thrive. I can’t wait to meet the Paris cohort and watch their progress.”

In conjunction with the Paris program, Bank of America will host a global forum on November 14, featuring distinguished leaders and entrepreneurs who will discuss the importance of women’s role in driving economic and social progress. Finucane will be joined by other global leaders to discuss contemporary issues that women entrepreneurs face, and celebrate the success and ingenuity of those who are leading the way.

The Global Ambassadors for the Paris program include:

  • Elizabeth Buchanan, non-executive director, S4Capital, USA
  • Norah Casey, broadcaster, publishing entrepreneur and human rights campaigner, Ireland
  • Jeannie Diefenderfer, founder and CEO, courageNpurpose, LLC, USA
  • Nina Easton, co-founder, SellersEaston Media, USA
  • Yvonne Ike, managing director, head of Sub-Saharan Africa (Ex-RSA), Bank of America, United Kingdom
  • Julie Kinch, former senior vice president, chief legal officer, Heineken USA Inc., USA
  • Saba Nazar, managing director, Investment Banking Division, co-head of Global Financial Sponsors, Bank of America, United Kingdom
  • Val Quinn, global consumer director, The Coca-Cola Company, Ireland
  • Agnieszka Slomka-Golebiowska, board member, advisor, digital explorer, Poland
  • Andrea Sullivan, international executive, Global Environmental, Social and Governance, Bank of America, United Kingdom
  • Idil Türkmenoğlu, organization, culture and talent consultant, lecturer, author, Turkey

The mentees include:

  • Aida Axelsson-Bakri, founder and managing director, ADS Insight, Belgium
  • Andrea Bury, founder and CEO, ABURY Collection, Germany
  • Silvia de Vaan, founder and CEO, SweepSmart, Netherlands
  • Deniz Alexandra Duygu, managing partner, Arya Women Investment Platform, Turkey
  • Jean Hwang Carrant, founder, JHC Cookies, France
  • Karine Jackson, owner, Karine Jackson Hair and Beauty Salon, United Kingdom
  • Christina Limbird, co-founder, Linden Global Learning Support, Germany
  • Mairead Mackle, founder and CEO, Homecare and Healthcare Services Ireland LTD, Ireland
  • Jacqueline NGO MPII, founder and CEO, Little Africa Enterprise, France
  • Katharina Paoli, founder and CEO, Nudgd, Sweden
  • Erëza Vela, founder, RedMill, Kosovo

The Global Ambassadors Program is part of Bank of America and Vital Voices’ commitment to investing in women’s leadership development, a goal guided by the belief that strong leaders are important for developing healthy, vibrant communities and advancing economic growth. Bank of America invests in helping women make meaningful contributions within the company, and supports the economic empowerment of women in communities around the world.

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Vital Voices Global Partnership

Vital Voices Global Partnership is an international non-profit organization that identifies and partners with creative and fearless women leaders around the world. They search the world for women leaders with daring vision for change, then partners with them to make that vision a reality. Vital Voices provides them with capacity building, skills training, grants, access to a network of their peers, mentorship, visibility, recognition and guidance to accelerate change on a global scale. For more than 20 years, Vital Voices has invested in women leaders from over 180 countries and territories. Vital Voices is a venture catalyst, supporting women who advance economic opportunity, increase political and public engagement, end gender-based violence and promote human rights. Vital Voices connects women already solving problems in their communities and equips them with the tools they need to incite global, positive change and accelerate shared progress for all. Visit to learn more.

Bank of America

At Bank of America, 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 eight lines of 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 nonprofits and advocacy groups, such as community, consumer and environmental organizations, to bring together our collective networks and expertise to achieve greater impact. Connect with us on Twitter (@BofA_News).

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Reporters May Contact:

Vanessa Cook, Bank of America
Phone: 1.980.683.2247

Lizzie Kubo Kirschenbaum, Vital Voices Global Partnership
Phone: 1.202.446.0522