On top of the world Special Olympics in Austria

It’s day one for me at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria and I am, quite literally, on top of the world. I am here on behalf of Bank of America who has been a supporter of Special Olympics for more than 30 years. Today I had the pleasure of meeting Ben Haack at the top of Dachstein. Ben is on the board of Special Olympics Australia, he is an athlete and an athlete-leader and today was his first time seeing snow! Ben will be co-hosting the Change the Game Forum here in Austria where we will talk about the importance of accelerating more inclusive employment opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities.

When I joined Bank of America in 2008 I never could have imagined an opportunity like this, I work with amazingly smart, dedicated people and together we’ve accomplished a ton. One team I am honored to lead and work with is the Support Services team, a fully integrated team of 300 people most of whom are individuals with disabilities. Support Services does work that requires perfect accuracy and high efficiency and this team is well-suited to knock it out of the park. There is a transformative power that comes from both competing in sports and participating in fulfilling work. Many of our Support Services employees are Special Olympic athletes and compete in games in Delaware, Texas and Maine close to where they work.

As I meet the Special Olympics athletes who are competing in Austria I am thinking about our employee-athletes at Bank of America who are as dedicated to their athletic training as they are to their work and who everyday come to work and show us how to put down limits and #pickuphope.