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People of Note: Gigi Dixon leads Wells Fargo external relations
Engagement with advocates, stakeholders
Published Sunday, September 20, 2020 2:17 pm
by Staff Reports

Gigi Dixon is Wells Fargo's head of external relations.

Gigi Dixon, senior director of external relations for national constituents at Wells Fargo, has been named head of external relations.

Dixon has been responsible for leading engagement with major national non-profits, advocacy organizations and other key stakeholders at the bank and advisor to its executives around diversity and inclusion issues.

Dixon has been instrumental in helping Wells Fargo take a number of new actions around diversity and inclusion, including creating a new diversity leader role reporting directly to the CEO, requiring all managers to participate in anti-racism training, and requiring our Operating Committee to meet new D+I-related commitments.

Dixon is vice chair for the NAACP Foundation, corporate advisory board member for UnidosUS, and chair of the Opera Carolina board.

• Charlotte-based Girls on the Run International named two members to its board of directors.

Elizabeth Catlin joined the board in May and Phyllis Finley rejoined the board at the end of August. More than 2 million girls have participated in the program since it launched 25 years ago.

Catlin has been a Girls on the Run coach for nine seasons and served on the board of Girls on the Run Vermont for 10 years, most recently as vice chair. 

A graduate of Harvard College and Duke Law School, Catlin worked for the National Women’s Law Center in Washington, D.C.

Finley previously served on the GOTRI board of directors from July 2017 to January 2019. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Maryland, Global Campus in human resources and completed the senior executive program at Iese Business School, University of Navarra in Barcelona, Spain.

• Residents from Charlotte and Mooresville have been appointed to WFAE’s Community Advisory Board from a pool of 69 applicants.

New members include:

Allyson Colaco of Charlotte and Windy O’Connor Art & Home

Myah Davis of Charlotte and Charlotte Lab School

Jarrett Hurms of Charlotte and Wells Fargo

– Marketing consultant Ingrid Travis James of Charlotte;

Dennis Lazarus of Charlotte, retired from United Nations Development Programme

Raquel Rivera of Charlotte and YMCA of Greater Charlotte

Bryn Wilson of Mooresville and Ogletree Deakins

• Julie McKinney was named principal at Endhaven Elementary School, where she has been assistant principal since 2015. McKinney was a math facilitator from 2013-15 and a teacher from 2009 to 2013 at River Gate Elementary. She was a teacher at Nations Ford Elementary from 2004-09.

She has a bachelor’s degree in management and society from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. McKinney has a master’s degree in teaching and a certificate in school administration from Queens University of Charlotte.

• Bojangles hired Monica Sauls as its first chief people officer.

Sauls, the first African American to serve on the fast-food chain’s leadership team, will report directly to Bojangles CEO Jose Armario as she leads talent acquisition, talent development, employee relations, diversity and inclusion and culture stewardship.

Sauls has two decades of experience leading human resources functions and culture transformations within global organizations. Most recently, she held human resources roles where she led a team of field HR business partners for Duke Energy’s Fossil Hydro and Nuclear divisions.

Prior to that, Sauls was responsible for senior executive and leadership development strategies at the Boeing Company, where she led best-in-class talent development initiatives from concept to deployment for leaders across the company. Sauls has also served in human resources and talent management leadership roles for Walgreens and Ingersoll Rand.


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