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Why Bank of America's top tech exec partners with a non-profit training program to recruit diverse talent for Wall Street jobs

By: Anita Ramaswamy on May 26, 2021

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Business Insider’s Anita Ramaswamy explores the behind-the-scenes of how Wall Street banks are hiring young adults without college degrees into tech and operations roles. Anita spoke with Cathy Bessant, Bank of America's chief operations and technology officer, and Gerald Chertavian, about how Bank of America and Year Up partner to help underserved talent get hired into family-sustaining careers. Bessant, who comes from a modest background, calls Year Up fundamental to "the new capitalism." Bessant said the partnership with Year Up has been so fruitful because of the two organizations' shared belief that any skill can be taught.

In addition to featuring the recent PACE results, Anita also spoke with Year Up alum and Bank of America Quality Control Specialist Gregory Boucicaut, who shared his inspiring story and career path. "I'm back in school, more confident, and much, much happier. Every day I improve, every day I [push] my limits," Boucicaut said of his life after Year Up.

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