Leading an organization during racially charged times can be challenging, but being committed to racial equity work over the long-term, beyond a moment, is where lasting progress can be made. How can business leaders take action within their organizations to ensure racial equity work is sustained and institutionalized, well after the news cycle and the nation's focus moves on?
Join the HBS Club of NY on Tuesday, November 17th for the 3rd installment of our racial equity learning series. This fireside chat with Brian Moynihan, Chairman and CEO of Bank of America and Brickson Diamond, CEO, Big Answers, LLC will unpack and explore the racial equity work that has evolved over the years at Bank of America that attendees could leverage. Strategies for discussion include authentic leadership, long-term planning, results-oriented activities and investments, accountability metrics, among others.
The goal of the event is to help you:
– Identify opportunities for your organization to implement ongoing activities and investments in support of racial equity.
– Identify and empower key leadership and staff that could collaboratively assist with the organization’s racial equity work.
– Understand what accountability metrics can be leveraged to ensure progress is made and sustained.
– Understand how to lead authentically during racially charged times and beyond.
Chairman of the Board and CEO of Bank of America
Brian Moynihan leads a team of more than 200,000 employees dedicated to making financial lives better for people, companies of every size, and institutional investors across the United States and around the world.
Bank of America is recognized as a top employer by Working Mother magazine and Military Times. The company is also listed on Fortune magazine’s list of the Best Workplaces for Diversity and the Best Workplaces for Parents. It was also named one of the Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion by the U.S. Business Leadership Network and the American Association of People with Disabilities. In 2018, Euromoney recognized Bank of America as the World’s Best Bank and the World’s Best Bank for Diversity and Inclusion, as part of their annual Global Awards for Excellence. Bank of America was also named the 2019 Catalyst Award winner, honored for supporting the continued development, empowerment and advancement of women in the company and around the world.
Moynihan participates in several organizations that focus on economic and market trends, including the World Economic Forum International Business Council, the Financial Services Forum, the Bank Policy Institute (chair), the Business Roundtable, and the American Heart Association CEO Roundtable (co-chair). He is also a member of the Federal Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Board.
Moynihan leads the company’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Council and is a member of the museum council for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Moynihan is also a member of the Brown University Corporation's Board of Fellows and the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation Board.
CEO of Big Answers, LLC
Brickson Diamond has dedicated his career to the cause of advancing opportunity and access for those who should have it, but do not. He has and continues to build and transform businesses across industries including entertainment, investment management and non-profits.
Diamond is CEO of Big Answers, LLC., a consulting firm founded in 2018. It helps organizations in entertainment, technology, asset management and philanthropy build and implement diversity and inclusion strategy and governance excellence. Big Answers aids client organizations in shifting culture to increase inclusion, sources senior-level diverse talent and supports the refinement of governance practices. Big Answers generates new partnerships and leverages impactful connections in order to successfully execute its clients’ objectives.
Diamond is a co-founder and chair of the board of The Blackhouse Foundation. Established in 2006, Blackhouse is renowned for expanding access to acquisition-focused film festivals and advancing the development of commercially viable careers across platforms for Black independent filmmakers and content creators.
He began his career with a 15-year tenure at the $2 trillion Capital Group Companies. His principal contribution to the firm was building and running a $1.2 billion practice selling to and supporting US-based investment management consultants that serve high net worth and institutional clients.
Diamond served as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer of The Executive Leadership Council, Inc. (ELC) from 2012 until 2017. The ELC is a +30 year-old global membership organization comprised of over 800 current and former Black board members, CEOs and senior executives at Fortune 1000/Global 500 companies. He was responsible for the doubling of its membership over the course of those years. Beyond recruiting new members and engaging existing members and corporate partners, Diamond led the team responsible for creating programs to develop talent across tenure and professional attainment levels through the work of The ELC’s Institute for Leadership Development & Research.
Diamond is a member of the boards of trustees of Brown University, Tides and the Middlesex School. He serves on the investment committee of the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands. He speaks nationally on the topics of inclusion, leadership, philanthropy and fundraising. Diamond is a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Business School.
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