One Brisk evening in March, Bank of America's top technology executive walked onto a stage in Charlotte, N.C., under highly unusual circumstances.

Rather than her typical business attire, Cathy Bessant wore jeans and a blue sweatshirt. Kenny Loggins' 1980s hit "Footloose" jangled from the loudspeakers. As the spotlight shone down on her before an audience of over 900, Bessant tapped her toes, swung her arms above her head, and began to dance.

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