Lou is Executive Sponsor of State Street’s Professional Women Network (PWN) providing professional development opportunities for women across the company. He launched and continues to lead PWN’s Global Advisory Board – a group of senior executives who advise on policies that drive diverse hiring and promotional practices. As a Mentor and Executive Sponsor, Lou regularly presents on career management and talent management within State Street to give women the tools they need to advance their careers. He also supports the Esperanza Academy in Lawrence, Massachusetts, a tuition-free, independent middle school welcoming girls of diverse faiths, races and cultures.
As CEO of State Street Global Advisors, Ron called on corporate boards to make gender diversity a priority to promote better decision-making and launched the Fearless Girl statue on Wall Street, which promptly became a global symbol of the need for more women in leadership. Under his own leadership, State Street introduced company-wide diversity goals tied directly to executive’s compensation, and were included on the Working Mother 100 Best Companies List as well as the Diversity Best Practices Inclusion Index. As well as being Executive Sponsor for State Street’s Black Professionals Group, Ron is also a member of the Boston Foundation Board of Directors: a prominent community foundation dedicated to diversity and inclusion. Ron has recently launched the Small Business Strong initiative, a partnership of leading businesses in Massachusetts with the aim of supporting women and minority-based businesses negatively affected by the COVID-19 associated economic downturn.
Hannah is the CMO at State Street and a Founding Member of State Street’s Leading Women Group, established to advance and sponsor senior women across the organization, having aided over 3,500 women since its inception. Named by American Banker in their list of most powerful Women in Banking, Hannah is also on the Global Advisory Board of State Street’s Professional Network aiding in optimizing it’s strategy and advancing State Street’s internal inclusion. Additionally, Hannah is a Board Member of Fund for the Boston Public Library and has been instrumental in raising over $4 million to support critical programming. She has previously served as a Board Member for the Women’s Lunch Place, a shelter for disadvantaged women and as a Big Cheese Reader with Boston Partners in Education, reads in public schools to inspire the next generation of young women to enter STEM track careers.
Yvonne Garcia serves as Chief of Staff to State Street’s CEO, Ron O’Hanley and as Global Head of Internal Communications. Previously, Yvonne served as Director in Marketing and Distribution Strategy for Liberty Mutual and as Vice President for Bank of America’s China Construction Bank Program. Yvonne served as the Chairwoman for the largest Latino Professional Organization in the country, ALPFA. Yvonne is the co-founding Chair of Milagros para Niños at Boston Children’s Hospital. She serves on Massachusetts’ Latino Advisory Commission Board and also as Chairwoman for Greater Boston Chamber’s Women’s Network. Yvonne has been named one of Fortune’s Top 50 Most Powerful Latinas in the US three years in a row and in Boston Business Journal’s Power 50. Yvonne holds an MBA from Boston University and a BA from SUNY Albany and is a Six Sigma Black Belt. She is a graduate of the ARMY R.O.T.C. program at Siena College.
Lou is currently the Executive Sponsor of State Street’s Professional Women’s Network (PWN), an ERG providing professional development opportunities to women across the company. As part of his work with PWN, Lou launched and continues to lead the PWN’s Global Advisory Board – a group of senior executives who advise on policies that drive diverse hiring and promotional practices. He also encourages colleagues and peers to participate in PWN events as he strongly believes that networking and conversations will help to drive a strong pipeline of female talent through the organisation. To help change the face of financial services, and make sure that the organisation reflects the communities where employees live and work, Lou is also an active champion of diverse hiring practices, and actively encourages his teams to bring in diverse slates of talent when making hiring decisions, which has resulted in hiring of several women for key leadership roles across State Street. Lou often presents on career management and talent management to give women the tools they need to advance their careers. He mentors many women throughout State Street, and is an active supporter of the Esperanza Academy, a tuition-free, independent middle school welcoming girls of diverse faiths, races and cultures in Lawrence, Massachusetts.
During his tenure leading State Street’s asset management arm, State Street Global Advisors, Ron’s stewardship team focused on gender diversity on boards, following research linking gender diversity to better business outcomes. In 2017 Ron and his team called on boards to ensure they were focusing on gender diversity as a reflection of board quality and overall cognitive diversity. They committed to voting against the member slates of those boards that had no women and no plan in place to add women. On the eve of International Women’s Day in 2017, Ron’s team placed the Fearless Girl statue in the centre of Wall Street as a symbolic call for more women on boards. Fearless Girl ignited a global conversation about the power of women in leadership and inspired companies around the world to add women to their boards. Since launching the campaign, 445 companies of the 1,265 identified have responded to the call to action by either adding a female director or committing to do so. As the CEO of State Street, Ron continues to be laser-focused on gender diversity, introducing company-wide diversity goals and comprehensively diverse talent slates, among other initiatives. Externally, Ron is a frequent speaker at important corporate governance/gender diversity events, and is a member of the 30% Club and the Boston Foundation Board of Directors.
Hannah is a founder of Leading Women, a group established nine years ago comprising State Street’s female executive vice presidents. Their mission is to advance and sponsor senior women across the organisation with the proviso that they pay it forward to junior colleagues. Additionally, she is a global advisory board member of State Street’s Professional Women’s Network, the company’s largest employee resource group. As a member of State Street’s Management Committee, its most senior policy making and strategy group, she has advanced new multi-year gender diversity goals with the objective of making the company best in class for diversity. Externally, Hannah served as a board member, and ultimately president, of the Women’s Lunch Place, a shelter for disadvantaged women and children in Boston. While there she established a library and resource centre for guests to access job skills and career support. She is a decade long supporter of the Massachusetts Conference for Women, and speaks regularly at events to share career advice and advocate for more women in the finance industry. As a Big Cheese Reader with Boston Partners in Education, she reads in public schools to encourage young women to enter STEM track careers. Hannah regularly speaks at events and publishes blogs encouraging companies to evaluate candidates on capabilities more than on experiences in an effort to improve female representation in the industry.