Thursday, March 8, 2012

Bank of America to foster female leadership in developing countries

On International Women's Day, Bank of America announced a new partnership that will train and mentor women leaders in developing countries.

The program with Washington D.C.-based Vital Voices Global Partnership will bring high-profile executives to meet with and mentor women in countries like Haiti, India and South Africa, according to Thursday's announcement.

A group of mentors, including Bank of America marketing executive Justine Metz and actress Maria Bello, flew to Haiti last week to work on skills and planning for helping the country rebuild.

Vital Voices was founded by Hillary Clinton and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright in 1997. It has mentored more than 10,000 women in 144 countries.

International Women's Day has been observed in the U.S. since 1909, following a declaration by the Socialist Party of America, and focused on working women. It has since evolved into a national holiday in many countries and is used to highlight workplace inequality.

Google has changed its signature doodle for the day in observance, and the day is trending on Twitter.