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Tonia has sponsored several strategic initiatives geared towards empowering talent of diverse backgrounds at BNY Mellon. She serves as an active appointed member of the firm’s diversity & inclusion governance body, which includes the Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Council to the CEO. As a Global Leadership Team member of IMPACT, BNY Mellon’s multicultural business resource group, Tonia spearheads the strategy for recruitment and retention of ethnic minority employees. In this capacity, she directs the IMPACT Mentoring Program, evolving the program to meet the needs of BAME talent at various levels of the organisation – an evolution that has included impactful online learning and senior roundtable components beyond the traditional mentoring form. She has used a variety of approaches to draw attention to the program, as a result making it BNY Mellon’s largest formal mentoring programme in terms of graduates. As a member of IMPACT’s African American Leadership Forum, Tonia has represented and spoken on behalf of the company at numerous internal and external industry events. Beyond BNY Mellon, Tonia works with multiple organisations in the community to promote D&I, as a board member, scholarship committee member and mentor. She is a member of the Council of Urban Professionals, and has been recognised by Harlem YMCA as a Black Achiever in Industry for Outstanding Achievement & Leadership Excellence due to her work at BNY Mellon in multicultural talent strategy.

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