Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good accepted the 2013 BusinessWoman of the Year award during a special luncheon at Queens University of Charlotte on Friday, March 7.
Good becomes the 29th woman to be honored as the Charlotte BusinessWoman of the Year, an award that celebrates the achievements of exceptional women professionals who exhibit leadership as defined by the values of the McColl School of Business at Queens - competence, character and commitment to the community. As a national newsmaker and one of just 22 women running Fortune 500 companies, Lynn exemplifies the values celebrated by the award.
Previous BusinessWoman of the Year winners include Laura Schulte, president of Wells Fargo's Eastern Community Bank; Ann Caulkins, Charlotte Observer publisher; Carol Hevey, executive vice president for Time Warner Cable's East Region; and Cathy Bessant, global technology and operations executive at Bank of America.
A consistent theme throughout the event was the importance of mentoring. Executive MBA scholarship -ecipient Cherise Johnson '15 kicked off the theme by discussing how mentors and sponsors have helped her in attaining her current position as VP of Direct Marketing, Sales Support and Servicing Communications for Bank of America.
She then turned it over to Dr. Dawn Chandler, associate professor of management at the McColl School of Business, who shared key mentoring tips.
"Just respond. Early on in your career, it can be tough to get the courage to reach out and make that connection. As a mentor, just responding to [a potential mentee] to let her know her email hasn’t fallen on deaf ears goes a long way. "
- Dawn Chandler, associate professor of management, McColl School of Business
Last year's winner, Laura Schulte then introduced the guest of honor, Lynn Good, who graciously accepted the award and added her thoughts based on personal experience.
"I'm an advocate for listening, for keeping options open, and for being considerate of those you seek out for advice," said Good. "There is power in words. We have an opportunity as leaders to instill confidence in people."
In her tenure with Duke Energy, Good has held a variety of leadership positions for the company's commercial business, telecommunications, corporate development, merger and acquisitions and corporate financial planning. Prior to assuming her current role in July 2013, Good served as executive vice president and chief financial officer. She also demonstrates her commitment to community in volunteer leadership roles with various local and national organizations such as Bechtler Museum of Modern Art.