Andrea Smith has been named the 2021 公民 of the Carolinas by the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance (CLT Alliance). The announcement was made during the CLT Alliance’s Annual Leadership Retreat before a hybrid audience of Executive Committee and Board of Trustee members. The award is the highest honor given by the CLT Alliance and will be presented at the organization’s Annual Outlook Meeting Dec. 8.
Smith serves as Bank of America’s Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and is a member of the company’s executive management team. 她正在转变CAO的职责, in line with her plans to retire from the company at the end of 2021. Smith plans to expand her focus on philanthropic work and, 作为其中的一部分, 帮助增加夏洛特的经济机会. Smith is also leading the formation of a Bank of America alumni council that will connect retirees and former employees to help them better serve communities across the globe, 在她从公司退休后, 她将主持那项工作.
听到她的选择, 史密斯说, “I am honored and humbled to receive the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance 公民 of the Carolinas award. It is a testament to the amazing people I have had the privilege to work with at Bank of America for nearly 34 years. 当我踏上人生的下一个阶段， I continue to be inspired by creating opportunities for all to thrive, 在我自豪地称之为家的城市里.”
作为银行业女性的开拓者和捍卫者, Smith started out often being the only woman in the room when her career began in 1988. Smith has held a number of senior leadership positions for Bank of America, 包括全球人力资源主管. 在那个职位上, 她管理着全球285名员工,并改变了银行的招聘方式, 员工福利, 以及多样性和包容性的努力.
在史密斯的领导下, Bank of America has spent more than $2 billion with women- and minority-owned businesses and has been recognized for its commitment to supplier diversity by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, 全国LGBT商会, and the National Minority Supplier Development Council.
Smith’s contributions to the Charlotte Region extend outside of the walls of Bank of America and deep into the community. 作为机会领导委员会的联合主席, Smith is helping to create equal opportunity for all through creating a road map to address early childhood education, 员工发展, 经济适用房, 和家庭稳定.
史密斯和她的丈夫, 肖恩, 建立一个家庭基金会, 作为其中的一部分, endowed a scholarship that provides financial support to participants of the Carolina Youth Coalition. The fund has granted scholarships to 20 college-bound high school seniors since 2020. They have also endowed scholarships at Southern Methodist University and East Carolina University to support those in need.
“我们很高兴能在2021年邀请到安德里亚·史密斯 公民 of the Carolinas,” said CLT Alliance Chairman of the Board Carol Lovin. “Andrea has provided decades of strong leadership in moving the needle for economic mobility and equity. Her diligent efforts and consistent commitment to support women- and minority-owned businesses and business leaders have helped allow more people in our community the opportunity to advance and thrive.”
Smith, an Oklahoma native, graduated from Southern Methodist University with a degree in economics. She serves on the boards of numerous nonprofit organizations, including the PGA of America and the Charlotte Sports Foundation. Smith has been recognized by American Banker for the past seven years as one of the Most Powerful Women in Banking and by Business North Carolina as one of the most influential business leaders in the state.