Margaret Keane is President and Chief Executive Officer of Synchrony, one of the nation’s premier consumer financial services companies. A member of its Board of Directors, she led the company’s successful initial public offering in July 2014 and split-off from GE in November 2015. Margaret has been recognized as one of American Banker’s “Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance” for 11 consecutive years (#4 in 2017) and one of Fortune’s “Most Powerful Women” for the past three years (#25 in 2017). Fortune also named Margaret to their “Businessperson of the Year” list (#33 in 2016).
Margaret is a member of the buildOn National Board of Directors where she serves as Development Chair. As a 15-year supporter of the organization, Margaret has led Synchrony to become a key partner, adopting buildOn programs at Bassick High School in Bridgeport, CT and Curie High School in Chicago, Il. Synchrony employees and company leadership, including Margaret, have served side-by-side with students through buildOn’s 36 Hours immersion program and the Partnership Program. Additionally, Synchrony Women’s Network has funded buildOn Adult Literacy Programs for women in developing countries who are learning to read and write for the first time. And, in Summer 2018 Synchrony employees will travel to one of the economically poorest countries to construct a school with buildOn.
In countries with strict traditional gender roles, buildOn’s all women construction teams, and female Country Directors show communities that there’s no limit to what women can do. And in the U.S., buildOn helps young men, growing up in some of America’s most violent communities, break out of non-caring, toxic stereotypes and cultivate compassion through service to others.
buildOn has had a long-standing commitment to gender equity in the classroom. 50% of all primary age children in buildOn schools are girls, and 72% of the students in buildOn’s Adult Literacy Classes are women. Additionally, buildOn Enroll focuses on bringing out-of-school children, who are disproportionately girls, back to the classroom.
Women are leading powerful transformations across the globe. 60% of the buildOn students serving and advocating for their communities in the U.S. are young women. And women comprise 50% of every community-led Leadership Team in the countries where we build schools.