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We are proud to recognize the following individuals who attended programs sponsored by the Director Diversity Initiative and were later appointed or elected to board seats of corporations, nonprofits or government commissions.

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Caren Anders

Successes: Board of Directors, ISO New England (September 2021).

Ms. Anders attended the “Broadening Corporate Board Diversity” workshop sponsored by the UNC School of Law Director Diversity Initiative in 2015.

Ms. Anders was an executive advisor for Quanta Technology, where she worked with clients across the utility sector providing advisory solutions and services. A transmission expert, her career has included leading Duke Energy’s transmission organization, overseeing 2,100 employees responsible for serving 7 million customers. Prior to joining Duke, Anders served as vice president of transmission and substations at Exelon. She holds a BS in mechan ical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA in Finance from Drexel University.

Byron Bagby 
Byron S. Bagby

Successes: Board of Directors, Management Support Technology, Inc., (Audit Committee Chairman) (2015); Board of Advisors, Ryan Consulting Group, Chairman (2015).

General Bagby attended the “Broadening Corporate Board Diversity” workshop sponsored by the UNC School of Law Director Diversity Initiative in 2014.

Mr. Bagby is Managing Partner of BMB Solutions, LLC, an independent consulting firm specializing in executive leadership development and coaching; strategy development; and organizational development.  He served a 33-year career in the U.S. Army with experience in the Pentagon on the Joint Staff in the Directorate of Strategic Plans and Policy.  He was Commandant (same as President) of Joint Forces Staff College, a premier military educational institution, educating 2,500 students annually in ten programs, one of which is accredited to confer a Masters' degree; and Chief Operating Officer (Senior Defense Official) Office of Military Cooperation, Cairo, Egypt, leading all operations of the largest security cooperation office in the world, with programs valued at over $1.3B per year.  Mr. Bagby has earned the CERT Certificate in Cybersecurity Oversight credential and is a Governance Fellow with National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD).  He has served on the Westminster College (MO) Board of Trustees since 2012.

Mary-Ann Baldwin

Mary-Ann Baldwin

Success: Member, Governor's Council on Entrepreneurship (February 2019); Advisory Board, Truist (2018).

Ms. Baldwin attended the “Broadening Corporate Board Diversity” workshop sponsored by the UNC School of Law Director Diversity Initiative in 2018.

Ms. Baldwin was elected mayor of Raleigh and is the Director of Business Development at Barnhill Contracting Company. Previously, she was the CEO for Holt Brothers Construction; the owner of Baldwin Communications, a marketing consultancy; Director of Marketing, Stewart, Inc.; and Assistant Branch Manager for Mulkey Engineers & Consultants. Her prior experience also includes other positions in communications, marketing, and public relations. Ms. Baldwin is on the Board of Directors for the Wake Tech Foundation, a member of the Board of Trustees for William Peace University, a co-founder of Innovate Raleigh, and a former member of the Board of Trustees for Go Triangle.

Emma Singletary Battle

Emma Singletary Battle

Success: Nu Skin (June 2021); Unifi Inc. (January 2021); Bassett Furniture Industries, Inc. (October 2020); Primo Water Corporation (2019); Board of Directors, Southeastern Wind Coalition (2018).

Ms. Battle attended the "Broadening Corporate Board Diversity" workshop sponsored by the UNC School of Law Director Diversity Initiative in 2014, and she served as a panelist in 2021.

Ms. Battle was referred to the her first board, and her two most recent boards, through searches of the Diverse Director Database performed by the DDI. Ms. Battle is President and CEO of Market Vigor, a business services and consulting company she founded in 2003. She also serves as President and CEO of Higher Education Works, a nonpartisan public charity supporting higher public education in North Carolina. Ms. Battle has served as President and Chief Operating Officer at Crisp Digital Agency, Vice President of Client Success at Windsor Circle, Vice President of Marketing and Merchandising at Art.com, and Vice President of Marketing, Vice President of Strategic Planning, Director of Marketing and Director of Operations & Sourcing, at HanesBrands, Inc.

Laurie Benson

Success: Director, Bassett Mechanical.

Ms. Benson attended the “Broadening Corporate Board Diversity” workshop sponsored by the UNC School of law Director Diversity Initiative in 2012.

Ms. Benson is CEO of a board and strategy consulting company, LSB Unlimited. Previously, she was CEO and Co-Founder of Inacom Information Systems (1984 – 2009). She also serves on the boards of First Business Bank, Madison; MIG Commercial Real Estate; and Mead & Hunt. Her nonprofit board service, includes American Family Children's Hospital Board of Advisors. Ms. Benson is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), Women Corporate Directors (WCD), and Global Board Ready Women.

Andrea Bierce

Andrea H. Bierce

Successes: Boards of Directors, Freedom Communities Board (2019); Advisory Board Levine Cancer Institute (2016); UBS Bank USA (January 2015); Cyient (2014-2019), a public company in Hyderabad, India.

Ms. Bierce attended the “Broadening Corporate Board Diversity” workshop sponsored by the UNC School of law Director Diversity Initiative in 2013, and she served as a panelist in 2021.

Ms. Bierce, a resident of Charlotte, is a Board Member and C Suite Professional. She has a distinguished career as a consultant, business advisor, banker, and operating executive. She has deep expertise in complex areas including outsourcing, strategy, business transformation, marketing, and client experience. She is a former senior partner at KPMG and AT Kearney, both in NYC. She was part of the leadership team at Wachovia (now Wells Fargo) and was as assistant treasurer with JC Penney Co. and Deutsche Bank. She brings strong managerial and leadership expertise to the Board, where her strength is helping to drive decision making in a collaborative fashion while offering keen insights. She has extensive international experience building revenue, enhancing growth, augmenting talent, and/or reducing costs. She is also recognized as one of the country's foremost experts in designing and implementing best in class client experiences leading to increased revenue, better employee engagement and reduced attrition. She is a member of Women’s Corporate Directors, Charlotte Chapter; and a member of Women Executives, Charlotte, North Carolina.

Ed Boyd

Edward R. Boyd, Jr.

Success: Board of Directors, St. Joseph’s Foundation (September 2016); Achievement Academy of Durham (August 2016); Community Leadership Council, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation (August 2016).

Mr. Boyd attended "Broadening Corporate Diversity: Earning a Board Seat" in May 2016.

Mr. Boyd serves as Chief Strategy Officer of iNvictus Group Holdings, investment group co-founded to address inequities that adversely affect low resource communities and minority populations, using entrepreneurship & education as vehicles. Ed serves as board chair of iNvictus Forward Outreach, nonprofit arm of iNvictus & program director of iNvictus EMERGE program - work w/minority entrepreneurs has spread the iNvictus EMERGE program to Cuba & Rwanda. He is a member of Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation’s Community Leadership Council, group of 20 diverse leaders selected from across NC and served as a Braddock Scholar at Aspen Institute’s 2016 Aspen Global Leadership Network, 2017 Resnick Aspen Action Forum. He serves as design and implementation consultant to the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation ALL for NC Fellowship and coach and mentor to the fellows of the program. He is currently Entrepreneur-in-Residence and Professor of the Practice at UNC-Chapel Hill Shuford Entrepreneurship Minor (E-Minor) Program in the College of Arts & Sciences and teaches Entrepreneurship in the Public Policy Department.

W. Maurice Bridges

W. Maurice Bridges

Success: Advisory Council of Texas Diversity Council (August 2019); Board of South Central Texas Regional Certification Agency (August 2018); Advisory Board Maestro Entrepreneur Center (December 2018).

Mr. Bridges attended the “Broadening Corporate Board Diversity” workshop sponsored by the UNC School of Law Director Diversity Initiative in 2010.

Mr. Bridges serves as Director, Business/Supplier Diversity for VIA Metropolitan Transit, the mass transit agency serving San Antonio, Texas and its surrounding municipalities where he is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive diversity and inclusion plan. Over the course of his career, he has developed and implemented diversity and inclusion strategies in the following business sectors: State Transportation Agencies (Highway, Aviation & Transit), Financial Services and Insurance, Electric-Gas and other Utilities, Wine and Spirit Merchant Wholesalers, and Limited-Service Restaurants.

Wendy Burden

Wendy Burden

Success: Board of Directors, Just Born, Inc. (May 2017).

Ms. Burden attended the “Broadening Corporate Board Diversity” workshop sponsored by the UNC School of Law Director Diversity Initiative in 2016. 

Ms. Burden has extensive background in the retail, consumer products, healthcare and technology industries and has held senior leadership roles in Finance, Operations and Strategic Planning. She held executive leadership roles in both Chief Financial Officer and General Manager positions at PepsiCo, where she began her career. After PepsiCo, she served in a number of executive roles at Victoria’s Secret including Executive Vice President of Operations/Administration and CFO. Ms. Burden later joined Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc. as Chief Operating Officer. More recently, Ms. Burden served as an executive with several start-up and middle market companies in the health care, mobile technology, and medical device industries. She is also an active angel investor and a member of RTP Capital in Raleigh, NC. Ms. Burden also serves on the board Girl Scouts North Carolina Coastal Pines. 

Wendi Carpenter

Wendi Bryan Carpenter

Success: Board of Directors, SkyWater Technology (October 2020).

Rear Admiral (U.S. Navy retired) Carpenter attended “Broadening Corporate Board Diversity: Earning a Board Seat” in May 2015 and was referred for her board position through a search conducted on the Database of Diverse Directors by the DDI.

Rear Admiral Carpenter is principal and founder of Gold Star Strategies, LLC, a consulting firm that provides services in strategic planning, organizational transformation, risk assessment, human capital, and corporate governance. Her career in the U.S. Navy culminated in the rank of Rear Admiral. She was a pioneer of women in Naval aviation, the first women Navy pilot selected to Flag rank, and commanded or was the deputy for multiple large complex organizations which oversaw worldwide maritime and air operations. In her final command position, she worked across multiple government agencies to deliver leading edge technology and cyber capability development, spanning sea-bed to space with unmanned systems and satellites. Following retirement from the Navy, Carpenter served as the tenth president of the SUNY Maritime College. She helped lead and facilitate vital area recovery efforts in the wake of the 2012 Hurricane Sandy devastation of New York and New Jersey.

Rear Admiral Carpenter currently serves as an advisor to Kokes Marine Technology working legislative strategies and business development, and also holds numerous leadership positions with nonprofits.

Angeline (Angi) Clinton

Success: Truliant Federal Credit Union (2008).

Ms. Clinton attended the North Carolina School of Law’s “Broadening Corporate Board Diversity” workshop sponsored by the UNC School of Law Director Diversity Initiative in 2007.

Ms. Clinton retired in 2011 as Senior Vice President Enterprise Operations Services at Duke Energy after more than three decades with the company. Her primary focus was on service and process improvement, while aligning employee development and training with documented success. She is a former board member of Queens University in Charlotte. She has also completed development training with the American Leadership Forum, Leadership NC, and Leading the Way.

Lori Collins

Lori Collins

Successes: Board of Directors, Southeastern Wind Coalition (October 2020).

Ms. Collins attended the “Broadening Corporate Board Diversity” workshop sponsored by the UNC School of law Director Diversity Initiative in 2018. She was referred for her board position through a search of the Diverse Director Database maintained by the DDI.

Ms. Collins is founder and principal at Collins Climate Consulting. She currently consults for the NC Department of Environmental Quality, where she helped draft the 2019 Clean Energy Plan. Prior to forming her consultancy, she served as executive director of Joules Accelerator, a clean energy incubator funded primarily by Duke Energy; president of Abundant Power, an energy financing venture; SVP at LendingTree; and head of marketing for Bank of America’s mutual fund business. She has held marketing roles at Fidelity Investments and American Express. She also serves on the Boards of International Women’s Forum – Carolinas, E4 Carolinas, and TreesCharlotte.

Linda Combs

Successes: Board of Directors, DesignLine International (November 2009); Investment Fiduciary Governance Commission for NC (December 2013).

Dr. Combs attended the "Broadening Corporate Board Diversity" workshop sponsored by the UNC School of Law Director Diversity Initiative in May, 2009.

Dr. Combs, through her work with MorrisonCombs.com, is an executive coach, consultant, speaker and author. She previously earned five Senate confirmations and served the United States government in a number of capacities, including Controller of the United States in the Office of Management and Budget, Assistant Secretary and Chief Financial Officer of the Department of Transportation, Chief Financial Officer of the Environmental Protection Agency, and Assistant Secretary for Management at the Department of the Treasury. In her early career she was a Division Manager at Wachovia Corporation. Currently, she is also a board member of the Appalachian State University Foundation, the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, and on the board of advisors for the Nutrition Research Institute.

Nicole Crawford

Success: Chapel Hill Public Library Foundation.

Ms. Crawford attended the "Broadening Corporate Board Diversity" workshop sponsored by the UNC School of Law Director Diversity Initiative in June, 2010.

Ms. Crawford lives in Chapel Hill and is a partner at Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard LLP in Greensboro. She practices in labor and employment litigation. She is also a board member of the North Carolina Zoological Society, the Foundation for a sustainable Community, and the Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art.

Joseph D. Crocker

Success: Board of Directors, Bank of Granite Corporation (September 2008).

Mr. Crocker attended the "Broadening Corporate Board Diversity" workshop sponsored by the UNC School of Law Director Diversity Initiative in May, 2006.

Mr. Crocker joined the Department of Commerce in 2009 as Assistant Secretary for Community Development where he supervises the Division of Community Assistance, Rural Development Council and N.C.'s Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) program. Mr. Crocker was Director of Operations for the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation in Winston-Salem, NC. Prior to joining the Foundation, he served as Senior Vice President and Carolinas Community Affairs Manager of Wachovia Corporation. He is the former chair of the Western Carolina University Board of Trustees.

Janet L. Davis

Success: Board of Directors, GSP Marketing Technologies (2014).

Ms. Davis was a panelist at the “Broadening Corporate board Diversity” workshop sponsored by the UNC School of Law Director Diversity Initiative in 2011.

Ms. Davis is a retired CEO and board member and advisor of companies in software, analytics, direct and interactive marketing, and technology-enabled services. Her most recent operational role was as President and CEO of ShopperTrak RCT. Her prior experience also includes service with TransUnion, where she was an Executive Vice President and Business Unit President. Ms. Davis also serves on the board of ShowingTime.com and on the boards of Advisors for several start-ups, including BiddRocket, Megalytics, Spring Metrics, Market Vue Partners, and Three Ships Media.

Jennifer De La Rosa

Jennifer De La Rosa

Successes: Board of Directors, Community Home Trust (November 2020).

Ms. De La Rosa participated in the “Broadening Corporate Board Diversity” workshop sponsored by the UNC School of law Director Diversity Initiative in 2020.

Ms. De La Rosa is Director of Business Operations at the Center for Banking and Finance, UNC School of Law. She previously worked at the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School system and at the UNC Energy Frontier Research Center.

Katina Dorton

Success: Board of Directors, TScan Therapeutics, Inc (March 2021); Pandion Therapeutics (December 2020); Fulcrum Therapeutics (January 2020); U.S. Ecology, Inc. (August 2014); Easter Seals/UCP of NC/VA (2013); BioMedomics (2013-15); and Evatran (2011-13).

Ms. Dorton attended “Broadening Corporate Board Diversity: Earning a Board Seat” in 2011.

Ms. Dorton is a senior financial executive with more than 20 years of Wall Street investment banking and related experience advising corporate clients and their boards on capital markets, fund raising, mergers and acquisitions, and other strategic acquisitions. She is a member of the Advisory Board for the NC State University Technology Incubator and the board of the National Association of Corporate Directors, RTP Chapter.

Ana M. Flynn

Success: Member, North Carolina Banking Commission (March 2006).

Ms. Flynn attended the North Carolina Bank Directors' College in 2005.

Ms. Flynn is a partner in the Charlotte law firm of Moore & Van Allen, PLLC where she specializes in employee benefits. She serves as a member of the board of directors of Legal Services for the Elderly, and is co-founder of the Hispanic Outreach Task Force, a collaborative effort between Moore & Van Allen, PLLC, the Legal Department of Bank of America, and Legal Services of Southern Piedmont.

Marlowe Foster

Success: Member, North Carolina Banking Commission, Raleigh, NC (October 2006).

Mr. Foster attended the North Carolina Bank Directors' College in 2006.

Mr. Foster is the Director for Government Relations at Pfizer Inc., and formerly served as President and Secretary of the Board for the North Carolina Association of Health Plans. Mr. Foster's other board affiliations include: North Carolina Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Raleigh, NC (current), Senior Services Board of Trustees, Winston-Salem, NC, NC Progress Board, Raleigh, and American Lung Association Board (NC Chapter), Raleigh, NC.

Genevia Gee Fulbright, CPA, CGMA

Success: Trustee, Board of Trustees of North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) (July 2017) and Director & Finance Committee, Emily K Center (July 2017).

Ms. Fulbright attended the "Broadening Corporate Board Diversity" workshop sponsored by the UNC School of Law Director Diversity Initiative in 2006, 2007, and 2008, and she served as a panelist in 2012. In addition, she served as a member of the UNC School of Law's Director Diversity Initiative Working Group and is a NACD Governance Fellow. She holds a Certificate of Director Education.

Ms. Fulbright is the President and COO of Fulbright & Fulbright, CPA, PA. She formerly served as a member of the Board of Directors/Trustees of AICPA Council, AICPA Foundation, Lakewood YMCA, M&F Bancorp and its subsidiary, Mechanics & Farmers Bank, National Association of Corporate Directors - Research Triangle Chapter (NACD RTC), NCM Capital Investment Trust, Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC) and others.

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Kimberly Gatling

Successes: Board of Directors, Culp, Inc. (September 2021).

Ms. Gatling attended Broadening Corporate Board Diversity in 2021. Additionally, the DDI assisted in this success through a search DDI conducted on the Database of Diverse Directors by the DDI, although Gatling’s name had already surfaced as a front runner from another source.

Ms. Gatling is a Partner and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at Fox Rothschild LLP, an AmLaw 100 law firm. As a seasoned intellectual property attorney, Ms. Gatling services clients with respect to patents, trademarks, copyrights, software, data privacy and IT. As Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, she develops and implements strategies that increase and promote a diverse workforce and inclusive environment at all levels throughout the firm. Ms. Gatling serves as chair of the board of directors of the Cone Health Foundation, an associate director for Truliant Federal Credit Union, and as secretary of the board of trustees for her alma mater, North Carolina A&T State University.

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Tracy Grooms

Successes: Goldman Sachs Middle Market Lending Corp II (November 2021); Rabobank, N.A. (2018-19).

Ms. Grooms has been a member of the DDI Database since 2017.

Ms. Grooms served as divisional CFO, COO and CCO at Bank of America. Following her retirement from Bank of America, Ms. Grooms joined the McColl School of Business to lead a new initiative to develop and teach an undergraduate banking program creating a new pipeline of talent for the industry. Ms. Grooms serves as a Board Director and Treasurer for the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and on the McColl School Board of Advisors.

Carrie Harbinson

Carrie S. Harbinson

Successes: Board of Directors, ATHENA International, Development Committee (July 2020).

Ms. Harbinson attended the "Broadening Corporate Board Diversity" workshop sponsored by the UNC School of Law Director Diversity Initiative in 2020.

Ms. Harbinson is a Sr. Business Development Manager for SAS' U.S. Commercial Practice. She works in a strategic capacity to facilitate executive engagement, build strategic partnerships, and drive long-term business growth for new and emerging market opportunities. Ms. Harbinson focuses her development efforts across multiple industry sectors, including Retail, Telco, Media, and Healthcare. Prior to SAS, Carrie worked at UNC-Chapel Hill's Kenan-Flagler Business School where she cultivated relationships with Fortune 500 corporations to drive revenue and augment UNC Kenan-Flagler's brand visibility among industry leaders. Prior to joining the ATHENA International Board, Carrie served on the Board of Directors for the Junior League of Durham and Orange Counties (JLDOC) as VP of Finance.

Jewell Hoover

Jewell D. Hoover

Success: Board of Directors, The Foundation for the Carolinas (2019); American Association for Bank Directors (2019); AARP (2012); Director, Fifth Third Bancorp (October 2009); First Charter Corporation (2006-2008); Member, North Carolina Banking Commission (2006; resigned to take First Charter position).

Ms. Hoover attended the North Carolina Bank Directors' College in 2004 as a potential diverse director and the 2006 "Broadening Corporate Board Diversity" workshop sponsored by the UNC School of Law Director Diversity Initiative. She was a panelist at the 2008, 2103, and 2014 "Broadening Corporate Board Diversity" programs.

Ms. Hoover is retired after serving as the president of Hoover and Associates, LLC, a bank consulting company located in Charlotte, NC, that specialized in director training, charter applications, policy development, strategic planning, and management studies. She previously worked for over twenty-five years with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, culminating with service as Deputy District Comptroller for the Western District with supervisory responsibilities for over 400 banks. Ms. Hoover also serves as a member of the Board of Advisors of the UNC School of Law's Center for Banking and Finance.

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Deborah J. Hylton

Success: Board of Directors and Compensation Committee, Midmark Corporation (June 2019); Board of Directors, NC Services for Dentistry, Inc. (June 2019); Board of Directors and Chair, Governance Committee, SouthLight Healthcare (August 2017), Board of Directors, Board Chair and Governance Committee Chair, Wells Enterprises, Inc. (2008-2012); Board of Directors and Compensation Committee Chair Wells Enterprises, Inc. (2013-2014).

Ms. Hylton was a member of the Director Diversity Initiative Working Group at UNC School of Law. Ms. Hylton attended “Broadening Corporate Board Diversity: Earning a Board Seat” in 2006. She is co-chair of the Carolinas Chapter of WomenCorporateDirectors.

Ms. Hylton utilizes her corporate and legal backgrounds in alternative dispute resolution through Hylton ADR Services Inc and serves as co-chair of the ABA’s Women in Dispute Resolution. She previously served as CEO of an investor-backed digital health company, as a strategic consultant in select roles, and as restructuring officer of KMC Telecom Inc. Before embarking on her business career, Ms. Hylton was a member and in management roles at Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice (now part of Womble Bond Dickinson).

Lloyd Johnson

Success: Board of Directors, Haemonetics Corporation (August 2021); Beazer Homes (June 2021); Apogee Enterprises, Inc. (2017); AARP (2014); AARP Foundation (2014).

Mr. Johnson attended “Broadening Corporate Board Diversity: Earning a Board Seat” in 2008 and 2014, and he served as a panelist in 2020.

Mr. Johnson is a retired global Managing Director, Finance and Audit for Accenture Corporation. He has also worked in various senior finance leadership positions for Delphi Corporation, Emerson Corporation, Sara Lee Corporation, and Shaw Food Industries, including CFO, Director of Internal Audit, Chief Auditor, and Director of Mergers and Acquisitions. He currently serves on the Apogee Enterprises, Inc., Board (Audit Committee), National AARP Board (Finance and Audit Committee) and as Chair of the AARP Foundation Board.  Prior board positions include the United Way Central Carolinas Board of Directors (Audit Committee chair), and the North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Board of Trustees (Chair of Governance Committee; Chair of Finance and Audit).

Bill Keyes

William A. Keyes, IV (Bill)

Success: Board of Directors, Union Bank (October 2020); University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Board of Trustees (July 2015).

Mr. Keyes attended the “Broadening Corporate Board Diversity” workshop sponsored by the UNC School of Law Director Diversity Initiative in 2011.

Mr. Keyes established and chairs the Board of Trustees of the Institute for Responsible Citizenship, which selects some of America’s best and brightest African American male college students for an intensive program in Washington, DC. Mr. Keyes has served UNC-CH in a variety of ways, including on the Board of Visitors, Board of Advisors of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Board of Directors of the Journalism Foundation, and founding Advisory Board member of the Leadership Institute. He formerly worked as a White House Senior Policy Advisor.

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Daniel Lamaute

Success: Board Member, Pathfinder International (September 2021).

Mr. Lamaute attended the “Broadening Corporate Board Diversity” workshop sponsored by the UNC School of Law Director Diversity Initiative in 2021.

Mr. Lamaute’s background is in finance, investments, and international development. He was co-founder and CEO of an investment firm that pioneered a class-leading B2B financial platform focusing on small and medium-sized enterprises. Most recently he served as a Fulbright Specialist at the Solbridge International School of Business Center for Entrepreneurship in South Korea. Mr. Lamaute is a former Los Angeles City Commissioner and a former trustee of the Woodrow Wilson Center. He holds an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis and is passionate about supporting development initiatives in underserved communities

Shawna Lemon

Shawna C. Lemon

Success: Board of Directors, UNC Health Foundation (June 2021); RTP Capital Associates (January 2021); xElle Ventures (Aug 2019) (Founder and Due Diligence Committee Chair).

Dr. Lemon attended the “Broadening Corporate Board Diversity” workshop sponsored by the UNC School of Law Director Diversity Initiative in 2019.

Dr. Lemon is co-managing shareholder at Stanek Lemon, a majority woman-owned intellectual property law firm. Prior to her legal career, she worked in pharmaceutical market development at Merck. She serves as outside patent counsel to pharmaceutical and biotechnology management teams and universities where she engages in the formulation and implementation of global patent strategies. She also serves on the board of a privately-held company and as an advisor for several start-ups. Dr. Lemon has also served as co-chair of the Biotechnology and Chemical Patent Practice subcommittee of the Intellectual Property Section of the NC Bar Association and is currently Vice-chair of the Intellectual Property Section. She also served on the boards of several non-profit organizations. Dr. Lemon received her BS in Biology from Wofford College, her Doctorate in Biomedical Sciences (with a concentration in pharmacology) from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, and her JD from the UNC School of Law.

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Jacqueline Musiitwa

Success: Persistent Advisory Board (May 2021); Chair, Energy and Natural Resources Committee of the New York State Bar Association (July 2021).

Ms. Musiitwa attended the “Broadening Corporate Board Diversity” workshop sponsored by the UNC School of Law Director Diversity Initiative in 2021.

Ms. Musiitwa is a co-founder of Kalene Hill Partners. She manages client environmental, social and governace stategy and compliance matters and business development that support KHR's mission to growing and transforming ethical businesses. Prior to joining KHR, she worked in a variety of executive positions as follows: Chief Advisor of Corporate Relations for Africa and Ventures for Rio Tinto, Advisor to the Director General of the World Trade Organization, Consultant for the International Finance Corporation, Chief Legal and Investor Relations Officer at Baobab. The board or advisory committees on which Jacqueline currently serves include IDEO.org, International Rescue Committee UK, the United Nations Committee on Development Policy. She is a Term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and was a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.

Pat Oliver

M. Patricia Oliver

Success: Director, Civista Bancshares and Civista Bank (September 2017).

Ms. Oliver attended the “Broadening Corporate Board Diversity” workshop sponsored by the UNC School of law Director Diversity Initiative in 2016.

Ms. Oliver is a Partner and Chair of the Tucker Ellis Financial Services Industry team. Previously, she was executive vice president, general counsel, chief corporate governance officer, and corporate secretary of BB&T Corporation.  Ms. Oliver also was Partner with Squire Sanders and practiced with Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease. She currently serves as Chair of the Society of Benchers and a member of the Visiting Committee of CWRU Law School; Chair of the Ursuline Sisters Advisory Board; Trustee of Beck Center for the Arts, and is a member of the Board of Advisors and Steering Committee of the UNC School of Law Center for Banking and Finance.

Dexter Perry

Dexter V. Perry

Success: Board of Directors, First Bank and First Bancorp, Inc. (July 2021); The Asheville School (2020); Mechanics & Farmers Bank (2018-2021); John Rex Endowment, Inc. (October 2014-2017).

Mr. Perry attended the "Broadening Corporate Board Diversity" workshop sponsored by the UNC School of Law Director Diversity Initiative in June, 2011.

Mr. Perry is President & CEO of One Providence Capital, LLC which is an investment advisory services firm located in Cary, NC. Mr. Perry is a Certified Financial Planner and is responsible for the daily oversight of company operations, with a focus on financial management, strategic planning, regulatory compliance, marketing, and client services.

Mr. Perry formerly served on the Board of Trustees of the N.C. Supplemental Retirement Plan and was chair of the investment subcommittee which is charged with overseeing and monitoring plan assets of more than $6 billion dollars.

D. Keith Pigues

Success: Board of Directors, Research Triangle Foundation (2014); Office of Mortgage Settlement Oversight (2012); Prometheus Group (2010-12).

Mr. Pigues attended the broadening Corporate Board Diversity workshop in 2009 and the North Carolina Bank Directors College in 2010 as a potential diverse director.

Mr. Pigues is tenured full professor of Management and former Dean of the School of Business at North Carolina Central University. He has marketing and governance expertise and has held executive positions at Ply Gem Industries, CEMEX, RR Donnelley, ADP, and Honeywell International. He was formerly an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Leadership at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC-CH, and is the co-author of Winning with Customers. Mr. Pigues is a member of the Executive Leadership Council.

Alvin G. Ragland

Success: Board of Directors, Paragon Commercial Bank (May 2007).

Mr. Ragland attended the North Carolina Bank Directors' College in 2004.

Mr. Ragland is a human resources consultant. He formerly served as the Vice President for Engineering & Technology Resources at Headway Corporate Resources, a human capital solutions company, as Vice President for Human Resources at Tekelec, and as an executive with Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications Inc., Northern Telecom, and Carolina Power and Light. He holds leadership positions in several nonprofit organizations, including the Food Bank of Eastern and Central NC, Carolina Ballet, and the Blue Ribbon Committee for Wake County.

Suzanne B. Rudy

Success: Board of Directors, Akoustis Technologies, Inc. (2017); Delta Apparel Inc. (2010); FNB United Corporation (2008-2010); CommunityONE Bank, N.A. (2008-2010).

Ms. Rudy attended the "Broadening Corporate Board Diversity" workshop sponsored by the UNC School of Law Director Diversity Initiative in May, 2007, and appeared as a panelist at the June 1, 2010 workshop.

Ms. Rudy is CEO of ZR Consultants, Inc.  She previously served as Vice President and Corporate Treasurer RF Micro Devices, Inc.(now Qorvo). She previously served as controller with Precision Fabrics Group, Inc. and as a certified public accountant and Tax Manager for BDO Seidman, LLP, an international accounting firm. She serves on the Board of Visitors for Guilford College; and formerly served as Director of the High Point Arts Council, United Way, and Youth Unlimited Triathlon.

Jennifer Scott

Jennifer Scott

Success: North Carolina State Banking Commission (2017).

Ms. Scott attended the "Broadening Corporate Board Diversity" workshop in 2013.

Ms. Scott serves as Business Development Counsel/Manager at the Raleigh/Wilmington firm of Shipman & Wright, LLP. She previously served as General Counsel for First Bank. She is a North Carolina Bar Certified Specialist in Real Property Law and a Certified Superior Court Mediator. Scott has served on numerous boards, including the Chatham County Planning Board and Economic Development Corporation.

James H. Speed Jr.

James H. Speed Jr.

Success: Board of Directors, AAA of the Carolinas (2011); Investors Title Company (2010); Starboard Investment Trust (2010); Mechanics & Farmers Bank (2009); Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Charlotte branch (2006); Nottingham Investment Trust (2005).

Mr. Speed attended the North Carolina Bank Directors' College in 2005 as a potential diverse director. He is a member of the Director Diversity Initiative Working Group and appeared as a panelist at the May 18, 2007 program, "Broadening Corporate Board Diversity: Earning a Board Seat."

Mr. Speed is President and Chief Executive Officer of North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company headquartered in Durham, N.C. Mr. Speed is a Certified Public Accountant. His prior employers include Deloitte & Touche, and Hardee's Food Systems (Chief Financial Officer). Mr. Speed serves on the President's Council on Efficiency and Effectiveness for the University of North Carolina (Vice Chairman), and the Governor's Business Council for Fiscal Reform. Mr. Speed's other affiliations include: Appointed chairman of Triangle United Way's Board of Director's (2009), North Carolina Central University School of Business, UNC Healthcare Systems, Triangle Urban League, Communities in Schools of North Carolina, Central Children's Home of North Carolina, Board of Directors of North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company, and the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce.

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Tunji Taiwo

Successes: Wikoff Color Corporation (September 2021)

Mr. Taiwo attended “Broadening Corporate Board Diversity: Earning a Board Seat” in May 2021 and was referred for his board position through a search conducted on the Database of Diverse Directors by the DDI.

Mr. Taiwo is Founder & Managing Partner, with TRATUS GROUP and is currently serving as the Chief Digital Officer of JEM Advisors. He leads TRATUS GROUP's digital transformation practice area which provides Fortune 500 companies strategic insights into the development and implementation of digital solutions for improved business performance. Mr. Taiwo is a digital and operational excellence thought leader with over 30 years of experience in a variety of leadership roles with organizations that include DCP Midstream, Williams Energy and DuPont

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Justine Tobin

Success: First Citizens Bank Charlotte Advisory Board (2019).

Ms. Tobin attended the “Broadening Corporate Board Diversity” workshop sponsored by the UNC School of Law Director Diversity Initiative in 2018 and in 2019.

Ms. Tobin is the founder and CEO of Tobin & Company Investment Banking Group and of Tobin & Company Securities LLC, a licensed broker dealer. Her career has included roles as Managing Director at Bank of America and NationsBank, Vice President at Salomon Brothers Inc, and Associate at Goldman, Sachs & Company. Ms. Tobin's deal experience includes international and domestic mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings and follow-on equity offerings, public and private debt financings, and fairness opinions and other valuations. Ms. Tobin also serves as the Chief Compliance Officer for the company’s broker dealer. She has an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School and holds the Series 28, 24, 7, 79, 99 and 63 securities license designations from FINRA. In addition to the role at First Citizens Bank, Ms. Tobin serves as an Advisory Board Member to Mobilads, an innovator in OOH advertising in the rideshare marketplace. She has served on many nonprofit and community boards, including the boards of Oak Ridge Military Academy, Charlotte Regional Technology Executives Council, and Columbia Alumni Association of the Carolinas. Ms. Tobin is a co-founder of the latter two organizations.

Anne Whitaker

Anne Clem Whitaker

Successes: Bryn Pharma, LLC (September 2021); Caladrius Biosciences, Inc. (October 2020)

Ms. Whitaker was referred for her first board position through a search conducted on the Database of Diverse Directors by the DDI in June 2020.

Ms. Whitaker is a seasoned healthcare executive with more than 28 years of experience across multiple companies and geographies. She is the current Chairman of Aerami Therapeutics (formerly Dance Biopharm Holdings, Inc.). Prior to taking the Chairman role at Aerami, Ms. Whitaker joined as an independent Director and served as the CEO from October 2018 until November 2020. Over the course of her career, Ms. Whitaker has worked at The Upjohn Company, GlaxoSmithKline, Sanofi SA, Synta Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (CEO and President), Bausch Health, and Novoclem Therapeutics, Inc. (CEO and President). She serves as an independent director on the boards of Faron Pharmaceuticals, Curio Digital Therapeutics, Mallinckrodt, and UDG Healthcare. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for the University of North Alabama, her alma mater.

Carl Wilkins

Carl L. Wilkins, P.E.

Success: Board of Directors, Advanced Energy Corporation (October 2018); Southeastern Wind Coalition (July 2015).

Mr. Wilkins attended "Broadening Corporate Diversity: Earning a Board Seat" in May 2017.

Mr. Wilkins is the Vice-President of Distribution & Asset Management at Quanta Technology LLC, a utility infrastructure consulting company, in Raleigh. He served as the Senior Director of Sustainability from 2008-2016. Mr. Wilkins has several decades of experience working in the electric utility industry in a variety of managerial, research and consultative roles. He has experience in engineering, sales, marketing and project management along with applied technical skills. Mr. Wilkins has served as a board member under two governors, primarily in the clean tech sector. In addition to the boards listed above, his service includes the North Carolina Energy Policy Council, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Regulation & Enforcement, and the Governor’s Energy Advisory Team.

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Jerrae' M. Williams

Successes: Board of Directors, Communities in Schools-Wake County (August 2016).

Ms. Williams attended the “Broadening Corporate Board Diversity” workshop sponsored by the UNC School of Law Director Diversity Initiative in May 2015.

Ms. Williams is a Consultant with the State of North Carolina Department of the Treasurer in Raleigh, North Carolina, focused on local government investment management. Previously, she was a Vice President with Wells Fargo Bank and Deputy Treasurer for the City of Austin, Texas. She is also serving as a board member (Treasurer) of Agape Work Fellowship.

Richard T. (Stick) Williams

Success: Board of Directors, Coca-Cola Consolidated (2017); HomeTrust Bank and HomeTrust Bancshares Inc. (2016); Bank of Commerce (2008-2014).

Mr. Williams attended the North Carolina Bank Directors' College in 2007. Mr. Williams served as a panelist at the program, "Broadening Corporate Board Diversity: Earning a Board Seat" in 2011, and in 2021.

Mr. Williams is the retired Senior Vice President of Environmental Health & Safety at Duke Energy Corporation and retired President of the Duke Energy Foundation. He has been a member of the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees and served as its chair from 2003-05. He is Chairman the Greater Charlotte YMCA, Chairman-elect of the Mint Museum, and Board Treasurer of Hope Haven, Inc. He also serves on the board of the NC Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, Carolinas HealthCare System, and Central Piedmont Community College.

Edwina Woodbury

Edwina D. Woodbury

Success: Corporate Board of Advisors, Tampa Armature Works, Inc. (2019).

Ms. Woodbury served as a panelist at the “Broadening Corporate Board Diversity: Earning a Board Seat” workshop sponsored by the UNC School of Law Director Diversity Initiative in 2011, 2013, and 2018. She was referred for her latest board position through a search of the Diverse Director Database maintained by the DDI.

Ms. Woodbury is President and CEO of Chapel Hill Press, Inc., a custom book publishing services company. She is a retired Executive Vice President/Chief Financial & Administrative Officer of Avon Products, Inc. Ms. Woodbury has served on four public company boards: Radioshack Corp.; Click Commerce, Inc.; R.H. Donnelley, Inc.; and her current board, Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. In all cases, she has chaired the Audit Committee of the board, and at Radioshack Corp. she also chaired the Management Development & Compensation Committee. She is former chair of the governing board of the Medical Foundation of North Carolina.

Alfred W. Zollar

Success: Board of Directors Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (June 2012).

Mr. Zollar was a panelist at the “Broadening Corporate Board Diversity: Earning a Board Seat” workshop sponsored by the UNC School of Law Director Diversity Initiative in 2011.

Mr. Zollar is the managing partner and founder of AWZ Tech LLC, a business advisory firm. He retired from a 34-year career with IBM, where he held various leadership roles within IBM's Software Group division, most recently as general manager for the Tivoli Software unit, a global, multi-billion dollar business. Previously, he served as General Manager of the eServer iSeries segment, President and Chief Executive Officer of IBM Lotus Software, and General Manager of Network Computing Software. He is a member of the Executive Leadership Council. Mr. Zollar serves on the Board of Directors of the Chubb Corporation and is a member of the Board of The Abyssinian Fund, a non-profit foundation working to expand economic development in Ethiopia.

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