Graduate Shares Her Experiences In the Women’s Entrepreneurship Certificate Program

Tina Fears completed the Women’s Entrepreneurship Certificate program in February 2021. In the interview, Fears shares that after completing the program, “I immediately implemented new business practices that reflect who I am as a leader, a woman, and an entrepreneur. The program also addresses the importance of negotiation, contracts, and critical legal issues women in business face.” Read more about Tina’s experience in this article in the Gwinnett Forum.

Institute Funding Boosted To Bring Through 100,000 Students

Graduates from the Bank of America Institute for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Cornell. Top row, from left to right: Zaakirah Muhammad, Denisse Lamas, Shereese Floyd, Elizabeth Roy. Bottom row, from left to right: Randii Smith, Anh LyJordan, Jessica Williams, Abena Foli.

Bank of America announced their commitment to continue to fund the Institute for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Cornell so that we can bring another 50,000 students through the program at no cost to participants. That will bring our total number to 100,000!

There was an additional press piece reported by Bloomberg that mentioned the expansion of the program and also highlighted one of our program graduates. We are so excited to have the opportunity to continue to work with such a diverse and inspiring group of entrepreneurs in the years ahead!

Jacksonville Businesswoman Highlighted In Florida Times-Union

Stephanie Jones, founder of Women at Werk, an organization committed to  providing women with empowerment and mentorship opportunities, was recently highlighted in a Florida Times-Union article. We were thrilled to hear about the positive experience that she has had in the Women’s Entrepreneurship certificate program (she is over half way through the program now) and look forward to seeing more of our students and program grads featured in regional and national news for their accomplishments! So glad to be a small part of Stephanie’s journey!

Institute Impacts Women Entrepreneurs in Jacksonville, FL

Headshot of Melissa Ross during her First Coast Connect radio program on WJCT News

The Institute was mentioned by Bank of America Jacksonville Market President Mark Bennett during an interview with Melissa Ross of WJCT News (NPR) Jacksonville as part of her First Coast Connect program and her Women’s Small Business Month series. Mark highlighted how the Institute is helping women in Jacksonville grow their businesses.  His comments begin just past 53:50.

Cohort of Charlotte-based Latina Entrepreneurs Complete Certificate Program

Sil Ganzo - Charlotte, NC entrepreneur

This is a link to a wonderful 3-minute radio spot put together by WFAE. The piece aired as a local segment in Charlotte, NC during NPR’s “All Things Considered” broadcast. It shares some of Latina entrepreneur, Sil Ganzó’s, thoughts about how the Women’s Entrepreneurship certificate program impacted her personally and professionally.

We are so proud of that first Charlotte-based cohort to complete the program and are excited to see the second cohort underway!

Anne Finucane to Retire

Headshot of Anne Finucane

Bank of America recently announced that Anne Finucane, Vice Chairman and member of the company’s executive management team will retire at the end of 2021.  Finucane is the first woman vice chairman of Bank of America and the first woman chairman of the board of Bank of America Europe, the company’s European banking subsidiary based in Ireland. In addition, she directed the development of Bank of America’s ESG and sustainable finance work, where she has mobilized the organization’s scale, global reach, talent and financial capabilities to address some of society’s biggest challenges.  She was instrumental in the launch of the Bank of America Institute for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Cornell which is now working to support 50,000 women entrepreneurs.  We are so appreciative for her advocacy and support and wish her well in her next chapter!