Wells Fargo Black Resource Network Ring NYSE Bell In Praise Of Black History Month

February 24, 2023

New York Stock Exchange awarded the honor of ringing the opening bell to Wells Fargo’s Black & African American Connection Employee Resource Network.

On February 17th, 2023 in praise and recognition of Black History Month.

The network’s enterprise president, Lu Reames, and vice president, Tomica Lindsey, joined its executive co-sponsor, head of Strategy, Digital & Innovation Ather Williams III, to ring the bell, surrounded by other members of the network’s leadership team and partners who support them.

“Black History Month, at its core, is about acknowledging, honoring, and celebrating the rich history, culture, and contributions of the Black and African American community,” said Ather Williams, III, head of Strategy, Digital & Innovation at Wells Fargo and the co-executive sponsor of the Black & African American Connection Employee Resource Network. “It’s important to recognize our history to understand better where we are now and what’s possible in our collective future. Wells Fargo’s work goes beyond the 28 days in February and is committed to expanding financial opportunities in our communities and creating a real impact. The financial company is honored to celebrate Black History with today’s bell ringing at the iconic New York Stock Exchange.”

Lu Reames, VP, Compliance, Wealth and Investment Management at Wells Fargo and president of the Black & African American Connection Employee Resource Network, added: “When the NYSE began in 1792, the Black experience was underrepresented within its membership and this bell podium. Today, nearly 231 years later, as the Enterprise President of the Wells Fargo Black & African American Employee Resource Network, They’re proud to stand on this platform to celebrate Black and African Americans’ contributions to America’s economic success and to great institutions like the NYSE. Standing here where Nelson Mandela also stood in 2002, is an honor beyond words.”

The event comes on the heels of Wells Fargo’s $50 million grant to the NAACP earlier this month; this is the single largest donation the organization has received to date. The grant will bolster efforts to provide better access to economic opportunities for Black and African Americans and advance racial equity in America.

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