Welcome and Opening

Join us for the Welcome and Kickoff presentation for the 2021 Summit.  Our Welcome speakers are:


Michelle Meggs, PhD

Byron White, EdD

Ms. Natalie J. Brown, Director of Corporate Citizenship at Ally Financial

Ms. Christine Katziff, Chief Audit Executive at Bank of America

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Michelle Meggs, DAH, is the Executive Director of the Women + Girls Research Alliance at UNC Charlotte.  Dr. Meggs, whose diverse background includes work in academia, the nonprofit sector and ministry, envisions the W+GRA becoming the place for scholars across the state and nation to come together to advance gender equity and social mobility.  Dr. Meggs seeks to connect community organizations doing work on the ground with university researchers whose research relates to women’s health, economic security, employment, civic and political engagement and violence against women.  Dr. Meggs holds a Doctor of Arts in Humanities with a concentration in Africana Women’s Studies from Clark Atlanta University and a Master of Divinity from Wake Forest University. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Johnson C. Smith University.

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Byron White, EdD, is the Associate Provost for Urban Research and Community Engagement at UNC Charlotte.  Dr. White came to UNC Charlotte from StrivePartnership where he was Vice President and Executive Director of the public-private collaborative focused on cradle-to-career outcomes in urban education. Prior to his work with StrivePartnership, White served as Vice President for University Engagement and as Chief Diversity Officer at Cleveland State University. Formerly, he was Vice Chancellor for Economic Advancement at the Ohio Department of Higher Education and Associate Vice President for Community Engagement at Xavier University following a career at the Chicago Tribune. He received his B.S. degree in Journalism from Ohio University, a M.A. in Social Science from University of Chicago and an Ed.D. in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. White led the successful applications for the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification at both Cleveland State University and Xavier University by facilitating the co-design of strategies to demonstrate alignment of curriculum and research with the changing demands of an urban workforce and civic needs. He also co-developed programs to support engaged scholarship through grants for community-engaged research, training by industry experts, and community recognition.

Natalie J. Brown

Ms. Natalie J. Brown is the Director of Corporate Citizenship at Ally Financial in Charlotte, NC. She leads a team that provides day to day oversight of corporate philanthropy programs and employee giving, while also supporting the development and execution of the company’s corporate citizenship strategy.  Previously, Natalie worked at Duke Energy as a Diversity and Inclusion Program Manager, where she was responsible for development of the diversity recruiting strategy, D&I learning solutions, diversity related executive development programs, and the consultant to the line of businesses D&I councils and the Foundation.

In 2000, she joined Bank of America and held a range of positions in Global Human Resources, Global Supply Chain Management, Global Risk and Compliance, Consumer Banking, and Global Marketing and Community Affairs. Prior to joining Bank of America, she worked for several fortune 500 companies such as Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc., Haworth, Inc., Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc. and International Business Machines (IBM).  Natalie actively promotes the company’s commitment to philanthropy and diversity and inclusion, through her work inside and outside of the company. In the Charlotte community, she serves on the Board of Directors for The Charlotte Post Foundation, Vice Chair of Supportive Housing Communities (SHC) and on the Executive Leadership Team for the America’s Heart Association’s Go Red for Women. She is also a member of the Charlotte Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

A native of Greensboro, North Carolina, she received her bachelor’s degree in Transportation Management from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. She is married and has two daughters.

Christine Katziff

Christine Katziff is the Chief Audit Executive at Bank of America She leads Corporate Audit and Credit Review, which provides independent assessments of the company’s business strategies, operations, risk framework, financial management and credit standards in support of Bank of America’s focus on responsible growth. Prior to joining Bank of America in 2004, she held a number of management positions in Audit and Compliance at FleetBoston Financial and at KPMG.

Ms. Katziff is heavily involved in diversity and inclusion efforts across the company, and she is a strong supporter of developing women leaders.  She serves as the executive vice chair of Bank of America’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Council and is the executive sponsor for Bank of America’s Investing in Women Leadership Council.  She is also a member of Women Executives in Charlotte, serves on the American Heart Association’s Corporate Operations Coordinating Committee, National Go Red Leadership Council and Chaired the Charlotte Go Red for Women Campaign for 2019-2020.  Additionally, Ms. Katziff is on the Board of Directors for Novant Health and serves on the Board of Trustees for UNC Charlotte and Bryant University, and the Campaign Committee for Central Piedmont Community College.