2016 Speaker Profile – Lewis, Will

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Wil Lewis

Global Diversity & Inclusion, Senior Vice President, Employee Networks Executive, Bank of America


Wil Lewis is a Diversity & Inclusion Executive supporting Bank of America’s Global Employee Networks. In this role, he is responsible for 12 networks with more than 200 chapters in eight countries and more than 70,000 members.


Prior to this role, Wil led Diversity & Inclusion for the bank’s Retail & Preferred businesses which encompass more than 60,000 of the firm’s employees.  Before joining the Diversity & Inclusion team, Wil was a Staffing Executive leading recruiting activities in Bank of America’s Retail Banking group.  Wil’s team drove recruiting activity for Bank of America’s nearly 5,800 banking centers across the US with over 25,000 hires a year.  During his tenure at the bank, Wil has also led Executive Recruiting, the staffing efforts for Small Business Banking, Sales Service & Execution, LaSalle Global Trust Services, and E-Commerce.  Wil joined Bank of America in 2006 from the LaSalle acquisition where he held the position of Head of Talent Acquisition for LaSalle Bank and ABN Amro North America, headquartered in Chicago, IL. 


Before coming to Bank of America, Wil was a team member at Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation, a manufacturing organization of 32,000 worldwide associates.  During his time at Smurfit-Stone, Wil led employee relations, talent development, and staffing.  Notable accomplishments were his implementation of multiple Peoplesoft modules for the global enterprise.  As part of this implementation, Wil also created new business processes in 23 countries and centralized multiple functions for the organization resulting in a significant benefit to business.


In his career, Wil has been committed to driving diversity in the workplace.  He has served as an executive sponsor to Latino, African American, and Native American affinity groups.  Additionally, Wil has worked diligently to create a strong connection with the communities we do business in. 


Wil has held roles in both, sales and operations before starting his career path in human resources.  Wil is actively engaged in many community activities including serving on the board of the Mahogany Foundation an organization committed to providing quality education to underprivileged youth and Centers for New Horizons a social service agency focused on child & elder care, foster, and adoption needs on Chicago’s south side.  Wil is a graduate of Drake University and resides with his family in Chicago, IL.