Bhuvana Jayaraman, Managing Director of Product Development and Service Delivery for Private Banking, was named to Crain’s New York Business inaugural “Leading Women in Finance” list, which honors financial executives who have impacted New York City in both professional and philanthropic ways.

Bhuvana joined BNY Mellon Wealth Management in 2008 where she immediately raised her hand for any and all volunteer and career development opportunities. Deeply invested in the cultivation of a diverse workplace, gender equality and the advancement of women in leadership roles, Bhuvana in the years since has tirelessly dedicated herself to BNY Mellon’s IMPACT and Women’s Initiatives Networks. She also worked to build Wealth Management’s first middle-office, a cash management product, in partnership with Pershing and MBSC, and has recently implemented a digital mortgage system.

“I am delighted and humbled to find myself included in such an esteemed group of industry peers,” Bhuvana said. “I believe my appearing on this list speaks to our corporate-wide commitment to gender parity and diversity and inclusion.”

Several years ago, Bhuvana’s team surprised her with an internal award for excellence in leadership while at a private banking conference. Although the award is not generally given to managers, her team sought to recognize her exceptional leadership and uncanny ability to bring disparate groups of people into cohesive alignment.

An exceptionally strong mentor, Bhuvana values listening to new ideas and encourages creative problem-solving. She led a committee that drives manager engagement at all levels and even traveled to India to think about the culture of BNY Mellon across the globe to help identify gaps in the culture. Rather than wait for formally scheduled yearly reviews with her team, she prides herself on celebrating successes and addressing sensitive issues as they arise. Her infectious personality and positive attitude is immediately apparent to everyone who works with Bhuvana.

“Bhuvana is supremely worthy of this recognition and we applaud her contributions to our organization, her community, and all the individual lives she has touched both personally and professionally,” said Erich Smith, Chief Operating Officer & Executive Director, IWM.

Outside of work, Bhuvana is deeply committed to her local community in New Jersey. She and her family founded the nonprofit organization Special Needs Tennis Club in 2011 to teach tennis to children with autism after her daughter, the captain of her high school tennis team at the time, got injured. She also volunteers at the Trenton Area soup kitchen.

Bhuvana, who holds a BA and an MS in Mathematics and an MSin Applied Mathematics/Computer Science from University of Tulsa, OK, is a frequent publisher of articles on technology-related topics and co-author of the book Enterprise JAVA (Computing McGraw-Hill, 1997). Just recently, she completed a cyber-security certificate program at MIT.

Read the full Crain's New York Business article here.