Vital Voices Europe and Bank of America Merrill Lynch Host

2018 London Mentoring Walk
Walk Engages Leaders and Young Professionals Ahead of International Women’s Day
LONDON – On 10 March 2018, Vital Voices Europe and Bank of America Merrill Lynch will hold
the 2018 Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk in central London in celebration of International
Women’s Day.

The Global Mentoring Walks were conceived 10 years ago by the founder and former CEO of
Oxygen Media, and Board Director of Vital Voices, Geraldine Laybourne. She started mentoring
walks to empower young professional women in the United States by asking them to join her
regular morning walks. Those walks turned into a movement, and in 2018, thousands of women
and girls will join 150 walks in 60 countries around the world. This will be the second year that
the Walk is held in London with Bank of America Merrill Lynch as the primary sponsor.
Additional sponsors include Akin Gump and GLG (Gerson Lehrman Group).

“We are thrilled to be hosting this amazing initiative in London again. This is an opportunity for
leaders to ‘pay it forward’ and for young professionals to learn from their experiences, both
personally and professionally. It is also a chance to connect with incredible women across
industries and establish enriching personal and professional networks,” said Sagra Maceira de
Rosen, Trustee of Vital Voices Europe and Chair of the Mentoring Walk Committee. “We are
truly thankful to all our partners and sponsors for their support and generosity.”

The Mentoring Walk will begin with a breakfast co-hosted by Terra Firma Capital Partners at
Cadogan Hall near Sloane Square before participants are paired off and begin their roughly
two-hour walk through central London. During this time, the mentors and mentees, who will be
matched by industry, relevant experience or interests, will have the opportunity to learn more
about each other and share their experiences and advice. The walk will end with a luncheon
and networking event hosted by Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Roughly 200 participants are
expected at this year’s event.
“We are excited to be part of the 2018 Mentoring Walk,” highlighted Jennifer Taylor, EMEA
Compliance and Operational Risk executive at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and member of
Vital Voices’ EMEA Board of Directors. “At Bank of America Merrill Lynch, we firmly believe in
the power of women’s leadership and mentoring. This has fueled the Global Ambassadors
Program, our long-standing partnership with Vital Voices that advances female entrepreneurs
around the world. This walk provides a great opportunity for our employees to join like-minded
individuals and help build bridges and leadership skills with women in our local communities.”

Vital Voices Global Partnership

Vital Voices Global Partnership invests in women leaders who improve the world. Guided by the
belief that women are essential to progress in their communities, the organization has partnered
with leaders from more than 181 countries and territories who advance economic opportunity,
increase political and public leadership, and end violence against women. Programs in strategic
planning, business, advocacy and communications build critical skills needed for creating
transformational change at scale. Through its global platform, women leaders expand their
connections and visibility, accelerating shared progress for all. Visit to learn

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