In her 23 years as director and then vice president, since 1998, of women’s and children’s services for Presbyterian Hospital, Patricia Campbell has been an advocate for improving health care for those two groups. Today, she oversees 15 departments and a $70 million annual budget.
Clair Campbell admits she doesn’t shy away from a challenge. And she has had more than her share to overcome since she began her career as a personal-injury lawyer when she was just 23 after being the youngest graduate of
the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala. She had started at the University of Alabama, where she graduated in 1982 ... at age 16.
Dianne Chase fell in love with radio when she was 13. But when she graduated from the University of Tennessee, it was with a degree in merchandising. Radio still called, and soon after she returned home to Asheville, she did a half-hour news show on a small local station – for free.
Fifteen year ago, Lois Colbert made partner with Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton and had her first child. The firm had no maternity policy for its partners, so it was up to Colbert, now the mother of three daughters, to write one. It’s indicative of the way Colbert, the managing partner of the firm’s Charlotte office, has approached the demanding task of balancing her career with her family life.
Kristina Cruise has gotten her nonprofit, Promising Pages, off to a successful start by learning to stop listening to her head and following her heart instead. It was a challenging thing for the former TV journalist from Cincinnati to learn. “Every time logistics seemed insurmountable, I’d remind myself to work from my heart, that things would work out,” Cruise said. “I wanted to make the most impact in the world that I could. My heart told me not to worry about details, but to take a leap of faith.”
As an undergrad majoring in computer science at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania, Sally Daley used to cry in her counselor’s office about how hard the male-dominated program was. “She kept telling me it would get better,” Daley, 43, said. And it did – at least for Daley. There were seven women in the 32-member class, and she was the only woman to graduate, she said.
You could say Stephanie Dawkins had it all. She went from a childhood in poverty in Kansas City, Kan., to global senior vice president for Sweden-based AB Volvo. But Dawkins’ biggest challenge wasn’t achieving that level of success. It was walking away from it.
Architecture and urban planning have become less male-dominated than when Tracy Finch Dodson was working in those fields after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s architecture school in 1998. But real estate development in Charlotte – where Dodson now serves as director of economic development for Charlotte Center City Partners – is still “pretty much a boys club,” she said.
Today, with 28 years of experience working for Bank of America and its predecessors, Susan Faulkner is its consumer and small-business-product executive. She’s responsible for delivering products and services for the bank’s 57 million consumer and small-business accounts.
In North Carolina, state government requires there be a minimum of 10 percent participation by so-called Historically Underutilized Businesses in all state-funded construction projects. But at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, that percentage has been exceeded.