Mediaplanet: Can you give us an overview of WIL?

Norie Campbell: TD’s Women in Leadership initiative is part of our broader commitment to inclusion and diversity and creating a workplace where all of our employees feel comfortable and supported. We launched WIL in 2005 as a way to expand leadership opportunities for women and to remain competitive in attracting and retaining top talent. Our programs focus on providing opportunities for women to connect, share, and mentor each other no matter what stage of their career they’re at.  A great example is a special event we held last summer where over 500 executives and employees at different career stages took time out from their day-to-day to participate in a one-hour Mutual Mentoring session.

MP: Why did TD develop the initiative?

NC: TD has always worked to attract the very best people and provide them with the opportunity to achieve their full potential in a unique and inclusive workplace. We created the WIL initiative to ensure we continue to build on our success. When we talk to women across the bank, what they really want is more guidance on how they could reach their full potential at TD. So, we developed the WIL initiatives with this feedback in mind — we want to make sure that we’re addressing the priorities and evolving expectations of all women. We also wanted to create a forum where women’s success was celebrated and championed. Our internal WIL network has more than 11,000 members engaged in our work, and we host 45 WIL chapters across the U.S. and Canada.

MP: What kind of progress has TD made over the last decade?

NC: Over the past decade we have made fantastic progress in inclusion and diversity, and we have a lot to be proud of. In the WIL space alone, the number of female executives in Canada at the VP+ level grew from 22 percent to more than 37 percent.  At the recent launch of our new WIL strategy, our President & CEO, Bharat Masrani, expressed his views that our commitment to inclusion and diversity is part of who we are and everything we do as an organization and that nothing is more important to our future success than being a place where all our people can flourish.