Assistant Vice President

Sr. Manager, Enterprise Diversity Recruitment Strategies – North America

Human Resources

BMO Harris Bank

NAAAHR Chicago - President

Fellicia Foster is an Assistant Vice President and Sr. Manager of Enterprise Diversity Recruitment Strategies at BMO Harris Bank. Fellicia is accountable for developing enterprise diversity recruitment strategies, in Canada and US, to attract a pipeline of talent for key diversity segments (i.e. military veterans, people of color, persons with disabilities, women, etc.). In this capacity, Fellicia ensures our diversity recruitment strategies will help BMO develop an inclusive and innovative workforce, and break down barriers for employees to move across the company to pursue their careers.

Fellicia joined BMO over 8 years ago as an Executive Assistant in Business Banking. In 2012, she took on her next role as a Business Banking Strategy Analyst within Personal & Commercial Banking Strategy Team, where she led multiple strategy implementation projects. In 2013, Fellicia took on her first leadership role within Operations as the Asset Portfolio Management System (APMS) Team Manager, where she led a team of analysts accountable for processing service requests related to the APMS system. She was able to successfully demonstrate her leadership and coaching skills and generated significant productivity improvement within her team. Given her strong desire to transition into HR and her strategic career movements, in May of 2015, Fellicia accepted her first HR role as an HR Business Partner (HRBP) supporting over 300 employees within the U.S. Mortgage Sales group. As an HRBP, she was a strategic advisor and coach to business leaders regarding key organizational and operational initiatives, providing change management expertise as well as ongoing consultation to employees and leaders on HR programs, practices, policies and regulatory requirements.

Before joining BMO Harris, Fellicia was a Computer Software Trainer at Skyward Inc. in Bloomington, IL. As a trainer at Skyward, she facilitated customized software training across the US on various modules within student information systems. Ahead of Skyward, she worked at PepsiCo Beverages and Foods as a Diversity & Inclusion Analyst.

Fellicia dedicates her time to different diversity groups, as former Chair BMO’s African American League of Professionals (AALPS) enterprise resource group, Founder and President of the Black Business Employee Resource Group, President of the National Association for African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR) Chicago, Multicultural Executive Leadership Committee for American Heart Association, and was recently named a member of the Board of Directors for Illinois State University’s Alumni Association.

Fellicia holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from Illinois State University’s College of Business. She has also completed BMO’s Leadership Development Program in 2014. Fellicia was named as one of the 2014 “Top 40 under 40” by Collaborate Magazine and selected for the Illinois State University’s 2017 College of Business Early Career Achievement Award and the American Heart Association Heart of Excellence Award.

Career Recognitions, Accomplishments, and Involvements:

·        (2017) Illinois State University – Alumni Association – Board of Directors

·        (2017) National Association for African Americans in Human Resources – Chicago Chapter - President

·        (2017) Bulter College Prep – Success Looks Like Me Career Day – Presenter

·        (2017) St. Felix Centre – Soup Kitchen Volunteer-Toronto, Ontario

·        (2016/2017) Walk for Lupus – Runner/Fundraiser

·        (2015/2016/2017) American Heart Association – Executive Leadership Committee Member

·        (2015/2016/2017) JP Morgan Chase – Chicago 5K Corporate Challenge – Runner/Fundraiser

·        (2015/2016/2017) Bank of America – Chicago 8K Shamrock Shuffle – Runner/Fundraiser

·        (2016) NFL Draft – Volunteer

·        (2016) Sowing S.E.E.D.S – 5th Annual Student College Preparation – Workshop Presenter

·        (2016) Nominated for Illinois State University – Steve and Sandi Adams Hall of Fame Award

·        (2013/2014/2015/2016) UNCF Walk-A-Thon – Runner/Fundraiser

·        (2015) Percy L. Julian High School – Career Day Speaker

·        (2015) Illinois State University – Redbird Young Alumni Award

·        (2013/2014/2015) UNCF - Fundraiser Committee Leader for BMO Harris Bank

·        (2013/2014/2015) Chicago Housing Authority – Operation Warm Volunteer

·        (2014) Collaborate Magazine – Top 40 Under 40 – Class of 2014

·        (2014) Kozminski Elementary Community Academy 8th Grade Graduation – Keynote Speaker

·        (2014) BMO Harris Bank’s African American League of Professionals – President

·        (2014) Nielsen Company - ERG Annual Event - ERG Leader Panelist

·        (2014) Northern Illinois University - Career Prep Workshop - Keynote Speaker

·        (2014) University of Illinois at Chicago - Speed Networking - BMO Harris Bank Representative

·        (2014) Sowing S.E.E.D.S – Book Scholarship Selection Committee - Chair

·        (2014) BMO Harris Bank’s Private Bank - "Let's Talk About Color" Panel - Panelist

·        (2014) Black Ensemble Theater – Young Professionals Council – Vice President

·        (2013/2014) Chicago Collegiate Charter School - Director’s Council Member

·        (2013) Collaborate Marketplace Tradeshow - Advisory Board Committee Member

·        (2013) Women of AT&T – Diversity & Networking Conference – Guest Panelist

·        (2013) BMO Women in Supported Environments (WISE) - Employee Engagement Committee Member

·        (2012/2013) BMO Harris Bank’s African American League of Professionals – Vice President

·        (2011/20121) BMO Harris Bank’s African American League of Professionals – Secretary

·        (2011) CityYear – Harlan Community High School – Volunteer (Gymnasium Painter)


High School & Collegiate Recognitions, Accomplishments and Involvements:

·        (2008) Who’s Who Among Students at Colleges and Universities

·        (2008) Illinois State University – Best Residential Student Organization “Black Student Union” Award

·        (2007/2008) Illinois State University’s Black Student Union - President

·        (2007/2008) Illinois State University – Student Funding & Hearing Board Member

·        (2006/2007/2008) Student Government Association - Diversity Initiatives Committee

·        (2006/2007/2008) Boys & Girls Club Volunteer

·        (2006/2007/2008) Illinois State University – University Housing – Night Operations Coordinator

·        (2005/2006/2007) Illinois State University – University Housing – Resident Assistant

·        (2007) Focus on Student Affairs Conference participant—Indianapolis, IN

·        (2007) Chrysalis Summer Bridge Mentor Program—Mentor

·        (2007) Illinois State University’s Leadership Revolution Presenter

·        (2007) Southwestern Black Student Leadership Conference participant—College Station, TX

·        (2007) Illinois State University’s Doctoral Counseling Service Interns  Diversity Training Facilitator

·        (2007) Illinois State University’s Faculty Search Committee: Student Engagement Advisor

·        (2007) Illinois State University’s Student Homecoming Committee - Member

·        (2007) Illinois State University’s National Leadership Conference Search Committee - Member

·        (2006) Cool Idealist Leadership Conference participant—Berkeley, CA

·        (2006) Illinois State University’s Black Student Union Special Events Coordinator

·        (2006) LeaderShape Retreat participant—Carlinville, IL

·        (2005) Illinois State University’s South Campus - Activities Coordinator

·        (2005) Percy L. Julian H.S. - National Honor Society Induction – Keynote Speaker

·        (2004) Percy L. Julian H.S. – Senior Class President (Class of 2004)

·        (2003/2004) Work-Study Student

·        (2003) Percy L. Julian – Young Women’s Motivational Seminar – Founder, Facilitator and Event Coordinator

·        (2003/2004) Percy L. Julian H.S. – National Honor Society Secretary

·        (2002) Percy L. Julian H.S. – Volleyball Team Member

·        (2001/2002/2003) Percy L. Julian H.S. – Football/Wrestling/Swimming Team Manager


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