Charlotte BusinessWoman of the Year | Queens University of Charlotte

Charlotte BusinessWoman of the Year

Celebrating Exceptional BusinessWomen


Queens University of Charlotte is proud to host the Charlotte BusinessWoman of the Year event, continuing a rich tradition spanning over 35 years of honoring and developing female talent in our community. Established in 1986, this award honors the achievements of exceptional businesswomen based on their contributions to the business, civic and cultural communities in the Charlotte region.

We are pleased to present the 2022 Charlotte BusinessWoman of the year award to Diane (Di) Morais, President, Consumer & Commercial Banking of Ally Bank.

2022 Charlotte BusinessWoman of the Year

Tanya Blackmon White

Diane (Di) Morais, President, Consumer & Commercial Banking, Ally Bank

Diane (Di) Morais was named president, Consumer & Commercial Banking at Ally Bank in 2017. She is responsible for driving the growth, profitability, and digital evolution of Ally’s consumer and commercial banking division. Morais has oversight of the Deposits, Investing/Wealth Management, Credit Card, Mortgage, Lending, and Corporate Finance businesses. In addition, she oversees the company’s customer care channels, as well as the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) program.

Morais joined Ally in 2008 and was instrumental in the creation and launch of the Ally brand the following year. Under Morais’ leadership, Ally Bank has achieved double-digit retail deposit growth each year, and now has more than 2.5 million customers and nearly $135 billion in retail deposits. Ally has received numerous third-party accolades, including being named “Best Online Bank” in America by Money® Magazine, as well as “Best Internet Bank” and “Best for Millennials” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

Prior to holding key leadership positions at Ally, Morais achieved a number of significant professional accomplishments in the financial services sector. During a career spanning twelve years at Bank of America, she served in senior roles in deposit and debit products, national customer experience, card services marketing and consumer mortgage vendor management. Morais also spent nine years at Citibank’s credit card division in a variety of marketing, risk and finance roles.

A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Morais holds a bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University.  She serves as Board Chair for Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas, and on the boards of both Charlotte Center City Partners and the YCMA of Greater Charlotte. In 2022, Morais was named to American Banker Magazine’s ‘25 Most Powerful Women in Banking’ list for the eighth consecutive year. Morais was also named one of the top 25 outstanding business women in the Charlotte Business Journal’s 2018 Women in Business Awards. She is active in the Charlotte community, serving as an “Executive in Residence” for Queens University and volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, Charlotte Catholic schools, and Dress for Success.

Charlotte BusinessWoman of the Year Awards Luncheon

The 2022 Charlotte BusinessWoman of the Year awards luncheon will be a hybrid format, with both in-person and virtual attendance options. A limited number of Table Sponsorships are available for eight (8) in-person attendees.

Thursday, March 9, 2022

Queens University of Charlotte

11:30 a.m. | Registration & Networking

12:00 – 1:30 p.m. | Lunch & Awards Program

Registration Options

Individual In-Person Ticket | $100

Individual Virtual Ticket | $25

Table Sponsorship | $1,000

Table Sponsorships include a table for eight (8) in-person attendees and company recognition in the program & day-of signage

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Cancellation & Refund Policy

Individual in-person attendees may switch to virtual before Friday, February 17, 2023. No refunds will be given and changes after this date will not be honored due to the costs associated with in-person events. Individual registrations are transferrable to another guest.

Table Sponsorships include eight (8) in-person attendees. Table Sponsor attendees cannot attend virtually. The deadline to submit attendees’ information is Thursday, February 23, 2022.

Contact Information

Allison Meyer-Tucker, CPCE
Director, Special Programs

Presented to the Community by:

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Previous Award Recipients

2021 Tanya S. Blackmon 2009 Cathy Bessant 1997 Carol Pontis
2020 Dena Diorio 2008 Jennifer Appleby 1996 Phyllis Schultz
2019 Peggy Brookhouse 2007 Lauri Eberhart 1995 Ruth Shaw
2018 Carol Lovin 2006 Dee Dixon 1994 Katie Tyler
2017 Theresa Drew 2005 Christie Taylor 1993 Linda McFarland Farthing
2016 Andrea B. Smith 2004 Peyton Howell 1992 Jill Flynn
2015 Debra Plousha Moore 2003 Dana Rader 1991 Muriel Helms
2014 Susan DeVore   2002 Krista Tillman 1990 Patricia Rodgers
2013 Lynn Good 2001 Vicki Wilson-McElreath 1989 Betty Trautwein & Elaine Lyerly
2012 Laura A. Schulte 2000 Mary Tribble 1988 Dale Halton
2011 Ann Caulkins 1999 Jeannie Falknor 1987 Bonnie Widenhouse
2010 Carol Hevey 1998 Gail Brinn Wilkins 1986 Joan Zimmerman


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