As Head of Client Engagement for BBVA USA Talent & Culture, Reba Simmons plays an important role in helping the bank create opportunities for its employees. Her team of Talent & Culture Business Partners provides consultative advice to bank leaders to help recruit, retain, and develop talent, with our values central to every action taken and recommendation given. We took a moment to get her perspective as a female leader at BBVA.
24 Feb 2020
There are more than 10,000 team members spread across BBVA USA’s footprint, each with a unique story to tell. This year, we’re introducing a new series to celebrate this rich diversity of experience: “Bringing Your Authentic Self to Work.” When we bring our authentic selves to work, we connect with others in a genuine way that allows ourselves to be truly seen and boosts our engagement, productivity, and well-being. To kick the series off, we’re celebrating Black History Month with employees’ personal stories about their heritage.
11 Feb 2020
BBVA Head of Culture and Employee Communication
27 Jan 2020
The numbers have spoken: women represent less than 30 percent of those registering for higher education degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. UNESCO data show that female scientists make up 28 percent of all scientists on a global level. This gap begins in the early years of girls’ education, when they start to distance themselves from sciences. How can we change this trend?
22 Jan 2020
BBVA USA received a perfect score of 100 on the 2020 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), the nation’s premier benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation. The bank joins the ranks of over 680 major U.S. businesses that also earned top marks this year.
21 Jan 2020
Bloomberg’s Gender Equality Index has once again included BBVA in its annual report analyzing companies’ commitment to this issue. The bank is one of 325 companies listed in this edition, of which over one third come from the financial industry. Garanti BBVA, the Group’s subsidiary in Turkey, is also part of the index.
13 Dec 2019
BBVA’s Diversity and Inclusion program has developed a pilot project to help female employees advance in their careers. Through a dynamic known as “speed networking”, a group of female employees was able to expand their network of contacts at the bank and interact with a variety of different people with extensive experience and responsibility at the bank. This activity is part of BBVA’s plan to bridge the gender gap and break any possible glass ceilings that could get in the way of its female employees’ careers.
02 Dec 2019
The groups of BBVA and JP Morgan employees created to foster diversity at the workplace held a joint session to work on some of the issues that concern staff the most in their professional development. Topics such as work-life balance, networking, leadership, and personal brands were discussed at the different working groups. Led by various mentors, employees from both companies discussed best practices, areas for improvement and team management trends.
30 Oct 2019
Loners and freaks who are addicted to video games, love junk food, and inhabit basements: the computer programmer stereotype, propagated by the silver screen, is a serious setback when it comes to attracting talent into this field. And it is much worse when it comes to attracting female talent. In Spain in 2017, the rate of women between 20 and 29 years old, graduating in science, mathematics, information technology, or engineering per 1,000 inhabitants was 13.1 percent. The scarcity of female talent in this field can also be witnessed at hackathons, but there’s good news: women are willing to put an end to these clichés.
16 Oct 2019
Angélica Valbuen lives in Cundinamarca, Colombia. She is 39 years old, works in the fields. A situation that destines them to financial exclusion if it were not for the work of institutions like the BBVA Microfinance Foundation, which helps over 150,000 women in rural areas of Latin America.
07 Oct 2019
BBVA recently completed its 49th investment in community development financial institutions (CDFIs), moving its total investment in the community catalysts to $100 million in the U.S. three months ahead of its five-year target.
24 Sep 2019
Ízaro Amilibia, discipline manager at BBVA’s Talent and Culture area, attended the LGBTI Atlantic Conference held in Bilbao to explain the bank’s initiatives in this area. The event gathered activists and experts from across the world to discuss the international reality of this community. Supporting LGTBI people is one of the pillars of BBVA’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.
11 Jul 2019
“Be Yourself” is the recommendation BBVA employees have made to encourage workplace diversity. These are the first steps of an initiative that the working group – with a show of support from the bank’s management – presented to the rest of the bank employees. The event also included a group of speakers who addressed the challenges and difficulties faced by LGBTI individuals. It was a day to celebrate, but also to remember that it is it is up to everyone to create a diverse and inclusive work environment.
04 Jul 2019
The foundation, Inspiring Girls, and BBVA organized a stirring event where Tilly Lockey, the girl with bionic arms, and Gema Hassen-Bey a Paralympic fencing medalist, shared their personal testimonies of achievement and strength. The overarching message to the well-attended audience comprised mostly of girls and young people was: you can go wherever you want with conviction and effort.
28 Jun 2019
27 Jun 2019
June 28 is International LGBTI Pride Day. On this day, people around the world gather to celebrate the fight for equal rights and equal treatment for all individuals, regardless of their biological sex, their orientation, their sexual identity or their gender role. BBVA has joined the cause, illuminating for the first time its landmark La Vela high-rise, in its corporate headquarters in Madrid with the colors of the Pride flag. A symbolic gesture that the company is making while launching a campaign to raise awareness among its employees about LGBTI diversity at the workplace.
23 May 2019
Artist Lita Cabellut, an Air Force commander, a player of the national rugby team, a gas fitter and businesswoman, a science degree undergraduate and a truck driver and entrepreneur served by BBVA Microfinance Foundation have shared how, from their own experiences, an opportunity can change people’s lives. The Queen has chaired the roundtable, where the current Minister of Economy, Nadia Calviño, BBVA group executive chairman Carlos Torres Vila and BBVAMF CEO Javier M. Flores have also participated.
20 May 2019
Business giants like Nike and Cisco are making significant investments in diversity efforts. In California, public companies are now required to include both men and women on their boards, reports NPR. And there’s a reason why attention on diversity and inclusion in the workplace continues to grow: A diverse, inclusive workforce isn’t just the right thing to do; it’s also good for business.
14 May 2019
Miriam, Charo, Sara and Vanessa are the role models that were missing. Like many other women, they had to face the difficulties that arise when working in a world that is traditionally dominated by men. And now they serve as examples for many girls and youth who dream of a future where no one stops them just because they are female. In collaboration with the organization Inspiring Girls, BBVA brought these women to one hundred youth to show them that the princess from the fairytale now wants to be a police officer, engineer or pilot.
08 May 2019
BBVA Compass earned a spot on DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity 2019 list, the bank’s second recognition in the U.S. in the last three years.
26 Apr 2019
Ízaro Amilibia, discipline manager in BBVA Spain’s Talent and Culture Department, participated in a round table at an event addressing “Visible and Empowered Women in Business”, organized by the Business Network for Diversity and LGBTI Inclusion (known by its Spanish initials, REDI). In the event that coincided with Lesbian Visibility Day, Amilibia stressed the importance of “breaking invisible obstacles” to ensure everyone is visible and embraced by the organization. As part of its commitment to diversity, and specifically to the LGTBI community, BBVA regularly collaborates with REDI.
04 Apr 2019
Fundación Diversidad‘s initiative, promoted by Fundación Alares, aims to foster inclusion and equal job and promotion opportunities at the workplace, and to open a forum where participating companies can share good practices. Clara Barrabés, head of the Diversity and Inclusion project, BBVA Talent & Culture Area, signed the document that confirms BBVA as a company committed to diversity, during an event that took place at the European Commissions’ Madrid headquarters.
29 Mar 2019
BBVA Compass received a perfect score of 100 on the 2019 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), the nation’s premier benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation. The bank joins the ranks of over 570 major U.S. businesses that also earned top marks this year.
07 Mar 2019
Diversity has become one of the keystones on which to build the workforce of a company. A workforce encompassing different world views will be better at addressing the particularities of all customers and will be able to offer a better service to society as a whole. BBVA is taking its commitment to diversity one step further and developing a project to change the way of writing job postings to attract more diverse talent.
01 Mar 2019
BBVA Group executive chairman Carlos Torres Vila took advantage of Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra’s visit to Spain to confirm BBVA’s commitment to the country. The bank has had a presence in Peru for nearly 25 years now. “We want to foster access to banking services in Peru through universal, customer-oriented banking,” said the BBVA chairman.
18 Feb 2019
BBVA regrets the inconveniences caused by the freezing of some customer accounts in Spain, which was undertaken in compliance with Anti-Money Laundering laws. This legislation requires that banks assume obligations related to the knowledge, monitoring, and control of their customers and their banking activities with the aim of preventing money laundering in the financial system. BBVA has taken the necessary measures to streamline the documentation process and restore the affected accounts to normal activity, once the documentation required by law is in place.
04 Feb 2019
22 Nov 2018
Her Majesty Queen Letizia and BBVA’s Group Executive Chairman Francisco González presented the 10th edition of the Integra Awards at BBVA City (Madrid) this morning. These awards recognizes the accomplishments of organizations that develop workplace integration initiatives for people with disabilities and launch employment generating programs. The five organizations that received this year’s awards are the Juan XXIII Roncalli Foundation, Ilunion Responsible Tourism, the National Confederation of Deaf People, Amimet, and the Mental Health Federation of Castile and León.
14 Nov 2018
Intrama, a Spanish consulting firm, presented “VariableD 2019” during FactorW, a diversity event held in Spain. “VariableD 2019” is the third edition of the annual report that the consultancy prepares to assess progress in diversity matters within Spanish businesses. BBVA is included in this year’s Top30 list of businesses that are working harder and better to improve on this area, through the development and implementation of inclusion policies. This recognition attests to the bank’s commitment to offer equal development opportunities to all its employees and find more efficient ways to solve its customers’ needs.
09 Nov 2018
23 Feb 2018
BBVA today launched its new BBVA for Everyone app, available for both iOS and Android operating systems, which enables the blind and those with physical or mild mental disabilities to use the bank’s network of over 6,300 automatic teller machines (ATMs). This new tool will guide those with visual disabilities to the ATM of their choice and help them withdraw cash. BBVA is a pioneer in this type of mobile solutions, which complement the services already available for people with disabilities on the web and corporate apps.
24 Jan 2018
BBVA has been selected to join the Bloomberg Gender Equality Index 2018, which recognizes companies’ achievements in gender equality policies, both regarding their employees and in support of social initiatives, along with their offering of products and services that prioritize this commitment. Garanti Bank, part of the BBVA Group, has also been included in the index.
28 Dec 2017
Sustainable Development is essential to achieving more peaceful and just societies and the United Nations counts on the private sector to help in this effort. The BBVA Microfinance Foundation (BBVAMF) has contributed its experience in the finance sector to the report entitled “Business and SDG 16: contributing to peaceful, just and inclusive societies,” drawn up by the Sustainable Development Goals Fund and the University of Pennsylvania.