The individuals profiled below attended programs sponsored by the Director Diversity Initiative and were later appointed or elected to board seats of corporations, nonprofits, or government commissions. Our congratulations to each and thanks for their permission to be recognized here.
Successes: Board of Directors, Management Support Technology, Inc.,
(Audit Committee Chairman) (2015); Board of Advisors, Ryan Consulting Group,
General Bagby attended the “Broadening Corporate Board
Diversity” workshop sponsored by the UNC School of Law Director Diversity
Initiative in 2014.
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. Byron
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.
Success: Board of Directors, Southeastern Wind Coalition (2018).
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.
Edward R. Boyd, Jr.
Success: Board of Directors, Achievement Academy of Durham (August 2016); Community Leadership Council, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation (August 2016); Board of Directors, St. Joseph’s Foundation (September 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, LLC, an investment group that addresses the inequities that adversely affect minority communities and populations, using entrepreneurship and education as vehicles of change. He is also a member of the Z. Smith Reynolds Community Leadership Council (2016-19).
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.
Angeline (Angi) Clinton
Success: Truliant Federal Credit Union (2008-present)
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.
Successes: Board of Directors, DesignLine International (November 2009) and 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.
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.
Success: Board of Directors, BioMedomics (2013), Easter Seals/UCP of NC/VA (2013), Evatran (2011-13), U.S. Ecology, Inc. (August 2014).
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.
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.
Jewell D. Hoover
Success: Board of Directors, AARP (May 2012); Director, Fifth Third Bancorp (October 2009); First Charter Corporation (July 2006-January 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.
Deborah J. Hylton
Success: Chair of Board of Directors, SouthLight Healthcare (August 2017), Board of Directors, Wells' Dairy, Inc. (2013) and previous Chair of Board of Directors, Wells' Dairy, Inc. (2008-2012), a family-owned company and maker of Blue Bunny Ice Cream. Placed via national search conducted by Jennifer Pendergast of The Family Business Consulting Group, Inc.
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.
Hylton utilizes her corporate and legal backgrounds in alternative dispute
resolution through Hylton ADR Services Inc. 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
Apogee Enterprises, Inc., Board of Directors (2017); AARP Board of Directors
(2014); AARP Foundation Board of Directors (2014)
Johnson attended “Broadening Corporate Board Diversity: Earning a Board Seat”
in 2008 and 2014.
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).
William A. Keyes, IV (Bill)
Success: 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.
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 V. Perry
Success: Board of Directors, John Rex Endowment, Inc. (October 2014) and Board of Directors, Mechanics & Farmers Bank (2018).
Mr. Perry attended the "Broadening Corporate Board Diversity" workshop sponsored by the UNC School of Law Director Diversity Initiative in June, 2011, and was referred for this opportunity through the Diverse Director Database.
Mr. Perry is President & CEO of The Providence Group of North Carolina which is a financial planning & 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), Board of Directors, Office of Mortgage Settlement Oversight (2012), and Board of Directors, 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, FNB United Corporation (January 2008-November 2010), CommunityONE Bank, N.A. (January 2008-November 2010), Delta Apparel Inc. (January 2010), and Akoustis Technologies, Inc. (2017).
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.
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.
Success: Board of Directors, Investors Title Company (2010), AAA of the Carolinas (2011), Starboard Investement Trust (2010), Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Charlotte branch (January 2006), Mechanics & Farmers Bank (February 2009), 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.
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), Bank of Commerce (July 2008-June 2014), HomeTrust Bank and HomeTrust Bancshares Inc. (April 2016).
Mr. Williams attended the North Carolina Bank Directors' College in 2007. Mr. Williams was a panelist at the June 1, 2011 program, "Broadening Corporate Board Diversity: Earning a Board Seat."
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.
Alfred W. Zollar
Success: Board of Directors Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (June 2012)
Mr. Zollar was a panelist at the June 1, 2011 program, "Broadening Corporate Board Diversity: Earning a Board Seat."
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.