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T.J. O’Malley is a Vice President at PNC Bank, Corporate Banking Relationship Manager where he focuses on growing PNC’s presence throughout Boston and the surrounding markets through business development and effectively marketing the PNC brand.
He is also a recent alum of our Boston’s Future Leaders Program, a yearlong professional development program that activates emerging leaders under the age of 40 to confidently lead Boston into the future. Throughout the program, participants build their socially conscious and civically engaged leadership and effective management toolkit through academic sessions at Harvard Business School, and exposure to established public, private, and nonprofit leadership practices, access to our region’s top leaders, experiential behind-the-scenes learning opportunities, and a cross-sector network.
Interested in applying? Nominations are open until December 4!
There are a number of different reasons I wanted to participate in BFL. The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce is, of course, such an integral, important and influential organization within the city and the local business community, and being a part of their Boston’s Future Leaders program was not only an honor, but such a fantastic opportunity to continue to build upon my development as a person and as an aspiring leader in the community.
As I look to progress my career and the influence I can have towards making a positive impact, both throughout Boston and within my own organization, I know it will always be important to continue to build and expand my network and the relationships I have with people. It was so clear that the BFL program would be an incredible opportunity to further those efforts by having the chance to build relationships with very talented, passionate, and motivated young professionals from all different backgrounds and experiences.
One of my favorite experiences within BFL was our participation in the Harvard Business School program. It was such a unique experience to be on the HBS campus and to learn from such impressive professors, just as if we were a student there. The topics were perfect, thought provoking, and they provided all of us with a different perspective on important topics and key issues within business and within society. My company (PNC Bank) was actually one of the first case studies, as the program honed in on corporate social responsibility efforts, which was also a really cool experience for me personally. Especially given there were such interesting perspectives from other BFL participants on the subject.
Always listen, learn, and never assume you know the right answer or the only way of looking at a situation or a decision. There were a number of times during the BFL program where we were discussing a topic or a social issue and I went into the conversation thinking I knew the right answer and/or I thought there was only one perspective that could be had on the subject. The diverse backgrounds and experiences of my BFL class continuously proved to me that is definitely not always the case. There is almost always a different perspective, a different way to look at something, and potentially a different or better answer. I think that is so critical, especially for an aspiring young professional leader in our community, to understand that concept and to always keep that perspective and open mind for what other people may be thinking or feeling. Social justice, equality, and inclusion are obviously extremely important concepts, which everyone in our society needs to understand and cultivate for us to make the progress that needs to be made, and this skill is something that I believe is key to making that happen.
If you are an emerging leader interested in leading with purpose or want to elevate an emerging leader in your organization, you only have a small window to nominate someone for our 2021 class. Learn more about the Boston’s Future Leaders Program and reach out to Alyson Weiss at email@example.com.
T.J. O’Malley is a Vice President and Relationship Manager at PNC Bank working within their Corporate Banking Group in Boston. T.J. leads PNC’s Middle Market Corporate Banking efforts throughout Boston and the surrounding markets by supporting PNC’s client relationships and developing new business. T.J. has many years of experience working in the Treasury management space in various segments, after working in both PNC’s St. Louis and Philadelphia markets and most recently in Boston as a Large Corporate Treasury Management Sales Officer.