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Congresswoman Alma Adams

Representing the 12th District of North Carolina


A look at 21 of Charlotte’s most powerful women

May 19, 2017
In The News

Here’s a roundup of women with ties to Charlotte in positions to affect and influence many people:

Alma Adams – The congresswoman has been outspoken about President Donald Trump’s polices, while championing small business and opportunities for all.

Janelle Bailey – ESPN ranks the Providence Day School senior as the nation’s 39th best high school women’s basketball prospect. She’ll play for the North Carolina Tar Heels next season.

Cathy Bessant – As chief operations and technology officer for Bank of America, Bessant perennially makes American Banker’s ranking of the most powerful women in banking.

Ann Clark – As her 30-plus year stint with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools comes to a close, the outgoing superintendent is explaining a new school boundary plan to manage population growth and increase diversity in schools.

Ann Caulkins – Caulkins has served as publisher of the Charlotte Observer since 2006, a span in which the newspaper has tried to increase readership online.

Pamela Davies – Davies has reigned over Queens University of Charlotte since 2002, a period of growth that saw more academic, athletic and residential space develop.

Kandi Deitemeyer – Central Piedmont Community College’s new president kicked off the spring semester by meeting some of the 18,500 students attending its six campuses.

Susan DeVore – As CEO of Premier, DeVore is among the most influential women in health care, not to mention one of the city’s highest paid executives. Her company is focused on transforming health care.

Dena Diorio – Diorio, who became Mecklenburg County’s first female county manager in 2014, oversees a $1.64 billion budget and more than 5,400 full-time employees.

Beverly Earle – Earle, a Democrat elected to 12 terms in the N.C. House, has sponsored legislation this session related to enhancing health care.

Charlotte Flair – The daughter of “Nature Boy” Ric Flair has forged her own path in professional wrestling, having been a four-time women’s champion and pay-per-view headliner.

Maureen Furr – Furr’s work with the largest high school in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (South Mecklenburg) led her to become a finalist for North Carolina Principal of the Year one year ago.

Holly Furtick – The wife of Elevation Church pastor Steven Furtick has more than 91,500 followers on Instagram, 41,800 followers on Twitter and 18,800 followers on Facebook. The Waxhaw resident also delivers an inspiring sermon.

Ophelia Garmon-Brown – The ordained Baptist minister and physician co-chairs the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force and gave an inspiring speech at the YWCA We Believe Luncheon in March after receiving treatment for brain cancer.

Lynn Good – The Duke Energy CEO may be one of the highest profile CEOs in Charlotte, but a 2014 story in Fortune magazine asked, “Is Lynn Good the smartest (new) CEO in the energy industry?”

Joan Lorden – Lorden has served as provost at UNC Charlotte since 2003 and earned 2016 Woman of the Year honors for service that includes work with the Arts and Science Council, Blumenthal Performing Arts, Discovery Place and Women’s Impact Fund.

Mary McCray – This veteran education of 30-plus years has taught at a handful of schools, including Community House Middle. She chairs the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Board of Education.

Jennifer Roberts – Roberts is an active and enthusiastic ambassador for Charlotte. The mayor hasn’t shied away from national scrutiny either – whether local or national.

Pat Rodgers – Rodgers carries an impressive resume, not only as CEO of Rodgers Builders, but also through her community involvement in business and the arts, as well as numerous accolades, including the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.

Judy Schindler – Schindler was senior rabbi Temple Beth El from 2003 to 2016, before becoming a Jewish studies professor at Queens University of Charlotte. She directs a center that researches peace and social justice.

Andrea Smith – Smith, chief administrative officer with Bank of America, has become the face of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce this year as president of its board of directors.