BMO Financial Group today announced its participation in the International Day of the Girl initiative led by Plan International, as part of BMO’s ongoing commitment to fostering female leaders of tomorrow.
Starting tomorrow and leading up to the International Day of the Girl on October 11, BMO executives, including BMO CEO Darryl White, will mentor young women for a day. Participating executives are matched with a girl ambassador from Plan International, between the ages of 14-24 years.
Coming out of their day with BMO’s leadership, the girl ambassadors will have hands-on experience contributing to business discussions, participating in meetings and interacting with stakeholders.
“This generation of young women is the future of our economy. It’s important to empower them to be ambitious and give them opportunities to experience what it’s like to run a business,” said Joanna Rotenberg, Group Head, BMO Wealth Management. “I’m proud to join my colleagues – men and women business leaders – by temporarily stepping down to have an inspiring young women ‘take over’ our roles for the day across North America. We encourage other leaders across all industries to give young women a voice and do the same.”
“Girls are inherently powerful, but what’s become normal in many societies is that they’re often denied the opportunity to be heard and pursue their dreams,” says Caroline Riseboro, President and CEO of Plan International Canada. “It’s incredibly important for young women to see themselves reflected in leadership positions so they know it’s possible to realize their full potential. We couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with BMO Financial Group and so many of its leaders who are committed to advancing equality for girls here in Canada and around the world.”
To learn more about BMO’s International Day of the Girl activities please contact BMO Media Relations for the list of executives and schedules.